Dave Charles Ferguson passed away Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Mt. Grant General Hospital after a lengthy illness. Dave was 75 years old.
Dave was born in Reno on June 16, 1943 to Charles M. and Marjorie Ferguson. He attended Mineral County schools, graduating from Mineral County High School in 1962.
After high school, Dave worked in the machine shop at the base. In October 1966, Dave was in a dirt bike accident and suffered severe spinal injuries, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. After rehab, he attended Corban University, a Baptist College in Salem, Ore., where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree. He taught high school in Miles City, Mont., and Sacramento, Calif. He was offered and accepted a computer tech position with a “new startup company” – Intel. Dave moved up the ranks and was on the team that designed and developed the first micro chips. Dave was an avid fisherman, big game hunter and traveled all over the world on hunting and fishing trips.
Upon retirement, Dave returned to Hawthorne where he was instrumental in the formation of the big flag project from buying flags, repairing flags and finding a team to raise and lower the flag at Veteran’s Park. His next project was making black powder and building rockets. He and his friends formed the BFR boy’s team and broke the Guinness World Book of Records in 2014 for the largest firework rocket. They were planning on breaking that record when Dave became too ill and the project was put on hold.
Dave’s parents predeceased him. He is survived by his brother: Donald Fisk (Pat); 1 nephew: Brad Fisk (Stacy); Nieces: Jami Rowlett (Travis) and Juli Fisk, along with several great nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Sept. 7 at 11 a.m., at the Elks Lodge in Hawthorne.
Inurnment will be at the Fallon Cemetery at a later date.
Dave’s motto was: “Live life to the fullest, otherwise, why bother?”