A Life Cut Short
Dave is survived by his wife, Chris; daughter Meghann and son, Marino. Meghann is married to a fine young man by the name of Bart McAlister. They gave birth to David's first grandchild, Ayla, and Meghann is pregnant with David's first grandson, who is yet to be named. Marino is engaged to a beautiful farm raised woman by the name of Emily Seney. They have chosen October 3, 2009 to tie the knot.
Dave was 62 years young and was the stereotypical alpha personality. There was never enough hours in the day to accomplish all his goals. In spite of never having time for all his projects, he always managed to find time for family and friends. He stayed in contact with his entire family, including relatives in Italy and the Republic of San Marino.
As a podiatrist (foot doctor), he was the kind of doctor one always wanted doctors to be; caring, compassionate, honest and an expert at his field. He was all of those and more. He was prone to make housecalls (remember them?) for patients too frail to make the trip to his office. He visited the assisted care facilities to help with things like trimming nails that may have been too difficult for his elderly friends. I say friends instead of patients because that is exactly what they were to him. He's left some mighty big shoes to fill in his profession. He was on the Idaho State Board of Podiatrists working to maintain high standards in a field he loved.
In the end, his drive and his ceaseless attention to the needs of family and friends seems to have been too much for such a big heart. I, my brother Domenic, our spouses, all our children and grandchildren will miss him deeply. He was a flawed man, like all of us are, but his attributes more than overshadowed his human frailties. Both, his frailties as well as his strengths will provide us with stories of his failures and his triumphs for generations. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
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A few years back – reckon – about a score
Could be a few years less – or a tad bit more
I met a feller – that goes by Doc
A man among men – a solid rock
His friend introduced us – thought there’d sure be a fight
His composure was impressive – at my first sight
An educated man – you could tell at a glance
But a country boy as well – not a fancy pants
We talked about horses – n’ family and such
The things we loved most – that counted for much
He’s a fairly good hand – with livestock n’ all
And many he’s a friend to – as I do recall
He’ll ride a rank pony – n’ work is no stranger
Pretty gutsy caballero – won’t shy from no danger
Has a Doctor’s Degree – n’ some wrestling he’s done
Though if he’s ever backin’ ya – he’d never run
A mighty fine gal he finally hitched up to
How he managed that one – only God knew
Their offspring were two – a spicy girl, then a boy
The son’s demeanor outstanding, the daughter’s beauty like Helen of Troy
Now I know there’s some just – a minority still fair
But men like Ol’ Doc – are still mighty rare
Few there have been – that have struck such a high cord
And for men like your father – we thank the good Lord
He’s been packin’ beside me – in that big wilderness
Admiring God’s handy work – n’ relievin’ some stress
If you’re wondering who he is – he’s one and the same
Well pardner you guessed it – Dave Maiani’s the name
~Written by Ty Cobb, friend of David Maiani, for Marino Maiani in 2008