Obituary for David Hallman III
David Marshall Hallman, III, age 21, beloved son of David and Andrea, brother to Molly and Abbey, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in Granville, Ohio.
Born and raised in Erie, Pa., David attended Our Lady’s Christian School and St. Jude the Apostle Church where he served as an altar server for many years. An excellent swimmer, David began his swimming career at Lakeshore pool where he quickly became known for his bright smile and quick wit. As a Prep Rambler, David swam for four years, becoming an All American. After graduating from Prep in 2010, David went on to a history and economics major at Denison University, where he swam three years for Big Red as part of their men’s champion swim and dive team, a talented and close-knit community of athletes and friends.
David enjoyed playing tennis and golf, hunting with his father, Philadelphia Eagles football and the close companionship of dear friends. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with the love of his life, Sarah Anderson, also of Erie. Despite an increasingly hectic schedule, his family and friends remained the focus of David’s time and talents. As those who love him gather together in Erie, his classmates at Denison crowded into Swasey Chapel to honor David. Tributes from teammates, classmates and overseas friends continue to pour in via Facebook, each of them noting David’s immense generosity of spirit and unique ability to make people laugh.
In addition to his parents and sisters, David is survived by numerous family, including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. There are no words to express how much David will be missed. Everyone found a brother in David. He will always be loved.
Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 W. 26th St. (at Powell Ave.) on Wednesday, February 12, between 1-4 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 W. 6th St. on Thursday, February 13, at 11 o’clock with the Very Rev. John J. Detisch, V.F. officiating. Burial will be private at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations in David’s name be sent to Emmaus Ministries, 345 E. 9th Street, Erie, Pa., 16503. Share stories and send condolences at www.BurtonFuneralHome.com or on Facebook at In Loving Memory of David Hallman.