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Obituary for David Paul Eckman

David Paul  Eckman
David Paul Eckman, son of Paul and Mary Alice, was born April 5, 1963, at Minneapolis, Minn. He passed away at Cottage Grove, Minnesota, on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at the age of 57.
David’s life began on a Friday in Minneapolis where he was given the name of Francis. His name was changed to David by his parents Paul and Mary Alice when he was placed for adoption with them in July 1964. David attended SSP schools, graduating in 1981. The highlight of his senior year was a class trip to Hawaii – a memory he liked to share. He attended 916 Vo-Tech, where he trained to become a small engine mechanic. His first job after vo-tech graduation was at Langula’s Hardware on Robert Street in West St. Paul, where he worked for several years. In 1988, he began working at Cedar Small Engine in Minneapolis; shortly before meeting Joan Weisz, who eventually became his life partner.
Following his employment at Cedar Small Engine, he worked at the Lakeville location of Cherokee Parts & Equipment. During this time, he moved out of his childhood home to live with his cousin Stacy Smith in Lakeville. Fun times were had by all!! When Cherokee closed their doors, David went to work at Leo’s South in Lakeville. He worked at Leo’s as a parts counterperson for almost 20 years. He became good friends with the owners, the Bedeaux family, as well as many of his co-workers.
While David enjoyed his work, his time outside those hours was central to his life ~ much like his dad Paul, David simply worked to live.
From his earliest years, David like to have fun. He followed in his dad Paul’s footsteps as an avid outdoorsman, spending as many of his free hours as possible doing what he loved – camping, fishing, boating, hunting, snowmobiling, motorcycling and anything else that kept him on the go and out-of-doors.
He was also a huge sports fan – cheering on his high school teams and the Minnesota professional teams. His favorite sport was hockey – he attended many of the Gopher Hockey games – always cheering loudly! He was also a die-hard Vikings fan and had a friendly rivalry with his sister’s family – Green Bay Packer fans. A favorite of David’s was to put a tv out on the deck of the home he owned with Joan in Rosemount and watch Vikings game in the crisp fall air! He also loved spending time with his long-time BFF Will Howard; watching sports, attending concerts and other events with Will or just hanging out.
His greatest love was for his son, Jeremy. Jeremy was born in 1990 when David was working at Cherokee and living with cousin Stacy. David met Jeremy’s mom Joan in 1988 when her girls’ pool team crashed David’s men’s league at Dunham’s in West St. Paul. Their relationship had its ups and downs, but they spent the last 21+ years together again back in Minnesota.
Being a kid at heart, it made David proud to see his son Jeremy enjoying the activities he so loved. Some of their favorite memories were of attending Boy Scout Summer Camp together during Jeremy’s school years and cheering for Jeremy when he played baseball and bowled league and tournaments. Shooting on a pool league became a favorite family activity, shared by both Joan and Jeremy. Some of David’s favorite memories were of being able to have Jeremy on his teams. David also loved to compete with Jeremy on the bowling lanes. Many will remember David’s ‘woooo’ when he had a strike!
David’s ‘bucket list’ included visiting every state in the country before passing. One of his most treasured memories was of taking a two-week cross-country road trip in the 1980’s heading east to see one of his good high school friends and hitting as many states as possible along the way. During the years he was with us, David visited all 50 states except for Alaska – and we’re sure he’s visited there by now!  The highlight of his year when he was young was hitting the open road with his parents and siblings, brother Bruce and sister Theresa, during the summer for a 2-3 week trip to visit various parts of the country. His love of camping continued into adulthood. In recent years, David took up motorcycle camping and never missed the annual chili feed held on the grounds of the Gas Lite Lounge near Ellsworth, WI. He also made multiple trips to the big motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD. In 2015, the summer before his accident, David included Joan on his summer motorcycle camping trips. They both really enjoyed that summer of fun starting with the Iowa rally, then the Sturgis rally, followed by the chili feed and ending with a short weekend trip to the Buffalo House near Duluth. David thought it was fitting to stay at the Buffalo House since they had camped at the Buffalo Chip for the Sturgis rally!
Spending time with family and friends was important to David. He could always be counted on to attend family reunions, weddings, and funerals – any gathering anywhere else you might find good fellowship and fun times. For many years, he was a member of the Cottage Grove Snowmobile Club; owning at least two machines so he could have the lucky lady in his life join in on the fun. More of his favorite memories include annual deer hunting with the Miller clan near Sebeka, MN to Iowa for the annual motorcycle rally there to out west when Joan and Jeremy lived in Oregon and then Idaho.
David had become an avid motorcyclist after starting work at Leo’s – riding from April into November. He took a couple of spills over the years – even requiring surgery to repair his broken collar bone a couple of times. Many of you know David was in a major accident in June 2016, which ended his motorcycle riding. David was one of the safest riders anyone knew, but he was hit by a teen in an SUV who was crossing many lanes. The crash left David with a brain injury and other life-altering conditions. In late 2019, David was hospitalized for pneumonia. He came home after spending time in a TCU following his hospital stay; but he never really got back to his baseline. He was again hospitalized with pneumonia June to July 2020 and again October to early January 2021. These last couple of hospitalizations were very serious and although David was a fighter, he just couldn’t overcome this battle. David was able to spend the last weeks of his life at home with those he loved. He will me missed by many. Memorials preferred to National Motorcycle Safety Fund (NMSF.org) and Brain Trauma Foundation (braintrauma.org)