David Alan Noble, 68, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, with family at his side after a valiant six-month battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Dave was born April 10, 1952, in Zanesville, Ohio, to Inez and David W. Noble, who preceded him in death. He played football for Fairmont West High School and Ohio Northern University and completed his degree at Wright State University. Dave began his parks and recreation career as an ice guard/Zamboni driver with the city of Kettering in Ohio. There he met his true love and wife of 44 years, Mary Kay. Dave and Mary Kay relocated in 1986 to Mentor, Ohio, where they raised their family. Dave was employed by the city of Mentor and then worked for Lake Metroparks for 20 years and served as the executive director for 16 years prior to his retirement.
Dave was “larger than life” and will be remembered as a great friend and leader who inspired those around him with passion, drive and a love for building relationships. At the forefront of Dave’s life was his faith and family, which he always said was the root of his happiness. He spent countless hours enthusiastically supporting his children’s endeavors around the world. After retiring, he and Mary Kay moved to Tellico Village, where they lived their best life. When not boating, hiking, building trails, kayaking, golfing, playing pickle ball or game nights, he was traveling around the world visiting family and friends. Dave was an avid sports fan who could be heard a mile away screaming at his Cleveland Browns and Ohio State University Buckeyes on TV, even having an official Browns Backers Club named after him, The Noble Dawgs of Tellico Village.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay; three children, Sean, Kate Murphy (Owen) and Ryan (Lindsay); beloved grandchildren, Adelynn, Violet, Weston and Grayson David; brothers, Keith and John (Paula); brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He fought the good fight, he has finished the race and he has kept the faith. Well done, my good and faithful servant. Rest eternally in your Father’s arms. Amen.
Due to COVID-19, a mass of Christian burial was livestreamed (https://lighthousemediaservices.com/live-webcast) at 10 a.m. Dec. 28, 2020, from St. Bede the Venerable, Mentor, Ohio. A private burial will be held at Mentor Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Dave’s honor to Lake Parks Foundation or Timeless Tellico Foundation.
Click Funeral Home & Cremations-Tellico Village chapel is serving the family of David Noble. www.clickfuneralhome.com