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David Creswell Kelly entered into the arms of his loving Father September 26, 2022. David was born August 30, 1932, in Hollywood, California, to John Joseph Kelly and Bernadine Creswell. After graduating high school in Santa Fe New Mexico, he joined the United States Marine Corps and did basic training at Camp Pendleton, California, and a tour of duty in Korea at the beginning of that conflict. David always praised the Lord for his return; he went with three troop ships traveling together carrying these young warriors and the return home consisted of only one troop ship bringing one third of those who started out with him. Upon his completion of service, David enrolled at Northern Arizona University where he earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Educational Specialist degrees, all in education. He started teaching at Zuni, New Mexico in 1956. The following year in 1957 he met and married the love of his life Viola Ransom. Several years later they moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where they both enjoyed years of educational service. David served as Assistant Hike Master with the Boy Scouts and hiked the Grand Canyon numerous times, as well as hiking many other trails. David loved history and enjoyed visiting historic places in the United States as well as foreign countries. In 1991, David and Viola moved to Farmington, making their home on the property that had been in his wife’s family for nearly 70 years. He continued to travel, loved gardening, hiking, camping and reading. His lifelong motto came from the Marine Corps: Semper fidelis, always faithful and he certainly exemplified that in his life: Always faithful to God, Home, and Country. David is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, his children Kevin Kelly and Kimberly Kelly, his extended family, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Walter and a nephew, David. Burial will be at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico at a later date.

Posted online on September 30, 2022

Published in The Farmington Daily Times