David J. Steyaert, Sr.

September 16, 2018

      David Joseph Steyaert, Sr. was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Louis Jerome and Mary Clarice Steyaert.   He was raised on a small, family farm in Cleveland, Missouri (outside of Kansas City).   He was the youngest of six children.   He spent his childhood enjoying the Missouri countryside, fishing, hunting, and exploring.   David graduated from Raymore-Peculiar High School.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Master of Arts in Geology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  While working on his degree at MU, David was a co-recipient  of the A. I. Levorsen Memorial Award as a co-author of the Best Paper, 1981.  David remained a die-hard Tigers fan and served on the Geology Development Board at Mizzou, a position he held at his death.  

        As an oil and gas geologist for 38 years, David lived in London, England and Albuquerque, New Mexico however the majority of his professional life, was spent in Denver, Colorado.   He worked in geologic areas throughout the world, including off-shore Africa and California, as well as throughout the Rocky Mountain region.   David was the owner of Impact Energy Resources, of Denver, Colorado, which he established in 1998.   He always said that he was the luckiest man on earth because his hobby was his profession.   Many family camping trips and vacations were spent learning geology from dad as he examined and explained all the rock formations.

     David was a loving husband to Jennie and a devoted and proud father to his four children: Dave, Jr., Jen, Benjamin, and Mary.   David was an involved father who coached Little League baseball, taught Sunday School, timed track meets, and shagged soccer balls. He was a strong support to his children as the Committee Chairman of the boy scout troop, County Leader for the 4-H geology projects, and  general cheerleader at Irish Feis, soccer and softball games, speech contests, and piano and dance recitals.   David was an avid outdoorsman whose fondest family memories were camping, fishing, and hiking with Jennie and the kids.   All trips included rock hounding and star gazing.

     David was a man of great faith and prayer.   His reliance on God for strength and direction was ever apparent.  His multiple Bibles (various versions & dates) overflow with post-it notes, highlights, written reflections, prayers, and notes to God.  It was David's desire to be a beacon to others so that they too would know the Lord's love.   David passed from this world on Sunday, September 16, 2018, three days before his 64th birthday, from pancreatic cancer.   His final moments were with his family as we recited the Lord's Prayer. 

     The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018 at Parker United Methodist Church, 11805 S. Pine Drive, Parker, CO 80134.  A Reception will follow the Service at the Church.  Graveside Service will be at 12:45 p.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 880 E. Woflsenberger Road in Castle Rock, CO.

In lieu of flowers, family ask that donations be made to:

David and Jennie Steyaert Endowment Fund, University of Missouri, Department of Geologic Studies, 101 Geological Sciences Building, Columbia, Missouri 65211, Attention: Marsha Huckabey

National Ataxia Foundation,, 600 Highway 169 South, Suite 1725, Minneapolis, MN 55426, 763-553-0020




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