David Edward Lister, born April 16,1988 in Gallup, N.M., died July 16, 2005 in Tucson.
David dreamed of completing his high school education wishing to graduate with his class of 2006. His college aspiration was to earn degrees from the Santa Fe Indian Art Institute and the Chicago Art Institute.
While attending Kestrel High School, David was diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia). This past year, David battled his illness courageously; attending school, raising awareness among Native Americans regarding the need for bone marrow donors (People Magazine, May 23, 2005), fund raising for "Pennies for Patients," and studying overtime for his AIMS test. Then, on June 29 he received a double cord transplant at the University Medical Center.
David loved to laugh. Playing practical jokes on his mom was his idea of a perfect day. His sports activities included football, paintball and bike riding/jumping. Besides his finely detailed pencil and ink sketches, David wood carved, sculpted, tattooed himself and friends and won awards for his silversmithing.
He is survived by his parents, Ernie and Sandra Lister of Prescott; his older brother and friend, Jon-Michael, with whom he loved to cruise and shoot guns; his sister and friend, Taylor (David endeared her as "My Little Medicine Girl") with whom he loved to make movies, play piano and dance with her.
Donations can be made to the David Lister Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, account # 8479251483.
Visitation was held Friday July 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Memory Mortuary, 131 Grove Ave. in Prescott.
A funeral service was held Saturday July 23 at 10 a.m. at Mile High Middle School, Hendrix Auditorium, 300 S. Granite St., Prescott. Reception to be announced.