NLJ Staff


Jan. 6, 1929–Dec. 26, 2019

David Muir Gullikson died on Dec. 26, 2019, at home with his family by his side in Loveland, Colo. He was 90. 

David was born on Jan. 6, 1929, in Grand Forks, N.D. He spent his early years on the family farm in Wheatfield Township with his parents, Vera and Ted, along with his older brother, Don, and younger brother, Ted.

In 1937, the family moved to nearby Inkster where his father became a farm equipment dealer. 

He studied for two years at the University of North Dakota before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950 to serve during the Korean War. After mustering out, he returned to the University of North Dakota, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics in 1955 and a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering in 1956. 

David worked as a petroleum engineer in California, Venezuela, Wyoming, Louisiana, and Colorado before building and operating Ted’s True Value hardware store in Lyons with his brother, Ted.

He met Mary Thorson, a dietitian, while living in the San Francisco Bay area. They soon married on Oct. 21, 1961, at Christ Episcopal Church in Mary’s hometown of Newcastle, Wyo. Four children were born to the couple, one in each state where they lived in the years that followed. They settled in Loveland in 1972.

David’s life was animated by a love of learning. His knowledge was wide ranging and his memory prodigious. To David, history, science, and literature are lived daily — from the wisdom of the ancient Greeks, to the hardiness of his pioneer forebears, and the latest developments in space exploration.

He enjoyed designing and building: a rowboat for his nephew, mechanical toys for his grandchildren, rooms full of furniture, mountain roads, and a log cabin. He could repair a 60-year-old bulldozer, design a garden, lay stonemasonry, carve wood, assemble a computer from a kit, make a child’s suit of armor out of the Sunday paper, and fix just about anything.

David’s great joy and love was his family. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Thorson Gullikson, his brother, Ted L. Gullikson, and his four children Anne Murguia (Ted), Emily Hedrick (Charles), Gloria Edwards (William), and Donald Gullikson (Erica). 

He is also survived by his eight grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brother, Donald Neal Gullikson, and parents, Vera and Ted C. Gullikson. 

A fine writer, David dedicated his memoir to his children with these words, “Your thread of life has a continuity and it is webbed into the past with kindred souls.”

A memorial service will be held on Jan. 2, 2019, at 2 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Loveland. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Loveland Rotary Foundation to support allied health and vocational scholarships in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland, CO  80537.


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