David Strong, Teacher, Educator, & Pastor Dies At 56

 June 15, 1955 – November. 10, 2011

Memorial services will take place on Sunday, November 20, at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Chapel for longtime resident of Holtville.   David Strong, 56, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family and loved ones on November 10, 2011.
David was born in Portland, Oregon on June 15, 1955 to John and Shirli Strong. He attended Holtville High School, graduating in 1973. He married Diana Dhillon on June 10, 1978.
He received his degree in Education from Point Loma College in San Diego and went on to earn his master’s degree in English from Northern Arizona University.
Mr. Strong gave his life to serve his community as a pastor, teacher, and coach. As a pastor, he led Calvary Chapel in Holtville for twenty-six years. He impacted countless students as an 8th grade   English teacher. After starting his career in Imperial, he devoted his life to young people at Holtville Middle School for thirty-one years and then at Pine Elementary for two years. As a coach, he inspired athletes from basketball, soccer, track and field, and cross country teams for over thirty years. Strong believed that his roles as a pastor, teacher and coach were all “one job”. He loved his community and was passionate about teaching people about loving God, loving each other, and pursuing excellence.
David was preceded in death by his father; John M. Strong. He is survived by his wife, Diana; daughter, Sarah Loraine; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Lawrence and Sarah Grace, two grandchildren, Poema Grace and Canon David Lawrence; mother, Shirli; brother and sister-in-law, John M. and Gayla; sister and brother-in-law Deborah and Robert Whalen; and nieces and nephews, Daniel and Carissa Strong and Marlys, Alexandra, and Dakota Whalen.