TSgt David Bruce Connis III passed away in the early morning hours of December 17th, 2021 following a multi year battle with cancer. He was 35 years old.
David was born on June 10, 1986 in New York State. As a child, he loved video games, legos, and hanging out with his family. He was also an avid lover of animals. He was a funny child/teen that spent his years as a counselor at a bible camp; he was often putting on silly skits at camp to make campers’ laugh and feel comfortable. This is also where he met his later-wife/mother of his daughter, Elizabeth. They were instantly the best of friends and they remained this way through their adolescence, marriage, birth of their daughter, Olivia, in 2011, and up until David’s death.
Olivia, David’s daughter, was the light of his life. His love for her was consistent, unconditional, and abundant. They bonded over anime, manga, and video games, and their mutual adoration of animals. David loved taking Olivia to Disneyland, parks, beach trips, etc., as a family, and he introduced her to his favorite meal of chicken curry, which she proudly proclaims as her own favorite today. They were best buddies that spoke their own language some days, it seemed.
Olivia adored her daddy, and David fought until the end to see as much of Olivia growing up as he could. Through his cancer fight, that was always his focus: to see Olivia grow up one more day. He passed the day after her 10th birthday.
Career-wise, David joined the Air Force in 2007, shortly after graduating high school, and honorably served his country for 13 years until his illness led to his medical retirement in 2020. During his time in the Air Force, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan (his favorite!), England (RAF Lakenheath) the desert of Southern California (Edwards AFB), and eventually landed permanently in Northern California (Beale AFB). He planned on serving his full 20 years and retiring from the Air Force, prior to his illness. He also deployed to Bahrain and UAE twice during his service. He was an exemplary airman and colleague throughout his service.
David is survived by his parents, Thomas and Barbara Bogart, and his sister, Ariel Bogart, of New York State. He is also survived by his aunt/uncle, Chip and June, of California. He also leaves behind his adored pets Emily, Casper, and Mango.
David, we miss you already, but we are glad you are free of pain, probably playing with Cloud and Zazzles (I hope they get along!). We love you.