David Barry Hendrickson



David Barry Hendrickson, husband, father and friend passed away peacefully on July 2, 2017 at his home in Spanish Fork, Utah with his wife by his side. David is survived by his wife of 18 years, Dena Whitney Hansen, his daughter, Kehaulani Marie Henrickson (Tara) of Bountiful, Utah, and Kahea Mark Hendrickson, of Olympia, WA.  Additionally David leaves behind his eldest son Kawika Matthew Hendrickson (Mahina); they are expecting a son in October, 2017, who will be his first grandchild.  David is also survived by stepchildren, Stacy Riede-Kam (James); Christopher Hansen (Donna); Shaun Hansen (Nesha); Jill Holker (Terry), and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Sue Hendrickson and a grandchild, Calvin Hansen.

David was born in Dayton, Ohio on September 22, 1937 to David and Sue Hendrickson. He lived in Hawaii as a child, but spent his formative years in Long Beach, California and attended college as a history major after high school.  He was in the Army National Guard for six years during which he served his country with pride.  He found his passion playing beach volleyball.  He was a proud member of the Outrigger Canoe Club in Honolulu, Hawaii for many years.  David often lamented that this was the best time of his life as a young single man.  He played volleyball competitively until he was 52 years old.  For a time, he owned Hendrickson’s Gun Shop on School Street in Honolulu.

In 1986 after his daughter was born, David moved his family to Highland, Utah where he was employed as a salesman for Boise Cascade. After retirement he began working as a parts delivery driver for O’Reily Auto Parts, where he was a beloved member of the O’Reily team.  This was a job that he was dedicated to, and he continued working hard up until his death.

David had many hobbies and passions throughout his life. Some of his favorite activities were bird hunting, competitive skeet shooting, four wheeling during the Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah in his restored 1974 Bronco. He also enjoyed volleyball, caring for his cats, spending time at his second home in Fillmore, with his wife, Dena, and enjoying time with his many friends, both from Utah and Hawaii.  In the last few years he has been able to spend time shooting with his daughter sharing his talents and skills, which he has also passed on to his sons.

David accomplished many things in his life. His resilience and hard work in a variety of areas made him a success in everything he did.  His love for his wife, Dena, and their undeniable friendship and admiration of each other, was apparent to all who knew him.  Of all of the many things David accomplished in his life, however, he would say that his greatest accomplishment was his children.  His dedication as a father and provider are unparalleled and he will be sorely missed by each one of them.

David’s wishes were to have his ashes spread in the Pacific Ocean at the Outrigger Canoe Club, also the final resting place of his mother. A date and time for this ceremony have yet to be determined but will be announced as soon as specifics are decided.

A memorial open house will be held on July 22, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the LDS Culture Hall, 1661 South 1400 East, Spanish Fork, Utah. All friends and family are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be provided.

Just Five More Years

Five more years, it’s all I keep saying.

Time after time, it just keeps replaying.

My mind is a vinyl, scratched and repeating,

a phrase and a thought that won’t soon be fleeting

…just five more years.

What would I do with five more years or even one, two, three or four?

It wouldn’t have made this any easier, I’d just miss him all the more.

…just five more years.

I’ve taken time for granted, I always assumed

that saying to dad, “We’ll get together soon”,

promised many changes to enjoy and to learn

about all of the things that made my curiosity burn

…just five more years.

What if that time was suddenly there?

So many things we could do, we could share.

Secrets and histories, truths and lies,

shooting and hunting of which he took such pride.

…just five more years

But when I think back to all we have done,

the talking, the laughing, the trials, the fun.

The thing most sacred and of which I crave dearly

are his presence, the life that filled him,

the things I still feel nearly.

Just five more years would have given me time.

-time to take time

-time to cherish time

-time to create more memories like the ones I treasure so now.

But I know without question, if I got five more years,

then I’d just end up wanting something else…

…just another five years.



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6 Memories

  1. Kelsey Johnson

    David was one of kind guy, I knew him from work. I would help David load the heavy auto parts in the company van, after all was loaded in, he would tell me stories about Pearl Harbor. Their would be times he would see me walking home after work and offer me a ride home, I thanked him every time, I only lived two block away from work. To David he wanted to make sure I got home safe, and I’m greatful I met such a wonderful guy. He made the atmosphere at work happy and fun, his singing was awesome! Work will not be the same without you! I’ll miss walking into work and seeing your happy smile and saying hi!

  2. Rachael parker

    Words cant say how missed dave will be he was one of the best people i kmow and truely cared about everyome he met dena please know if there is anythimg i can do call

  3. Ron Hicks

    I met David when I was employed with Oreilly auto. David was the nicest guy and would do anything for you if he could. Unfortunately I only knew him in the workplace but the memories I do have would be lifting heavy parts into the back of his delivery truck and talking with him about medical procedures that we have had. David will be missed but never forgotten. R.I.P my friend

  4. Dear sweet Dena, Chris, Donna, Shaun, Nesha, Jill, Terry and your families. We are so sorry for the loss of Dave in your lives. This is such a sweet tribute to him and a testimony of the great love he had for Dena and all of you. We pray that you will receive the comfort of the Holy Ghost at this time, and that you fill your hearts and minds with the precious memories you have of him. We love you!
    Doug and Abi

  5. Thanks for this lovely tribute to your dad. Jill, we missed seeing you at the July picnic. I wanted to give you a hug and tell you how sorry we were to hear about Dave. I am glad you are having a memorial for him. Terry said he didn’t want a funeral, so we didn’t know what the family was doing for him. We will love being there and giving you a hug. So sorry that your mom also is going through another loss. We want to see her too. God be with his whole family at this time…Love Mom and Dad Holker

  6. Melissa

    Who will feed us at sisters? So enjoyed how he celebrated sister’s night by cooking our dinner then disappearing as required. Loved his Fillmore home. So darling. Condolences to all the family. Love ❤, Melissa