David Anthony Valdez


David Anthony Valdez, 59, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away Friday, November 6, 2020 at the Olathe Hospice House surrounded by his 5 loving children and devoted wife. 

He was born August 31, 1961 in Kansas City, Kansas, son of David and Magdalena Lemus Valdez. He was grafted into the Body of Christ through Baptism on November 18, 1961 at St. John the Divine Catholic Church in Kansas City, Kansas and was married to Sharilyn, his wife of 18 years, on May 25, 2002 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Olathe, KS. 

Dave worked for Penton Media (formerly Intertec Publishing Corporation) for over 20 years, worked as a Security Guard for Allied Universal (formerly Allied Barton), was a Courier for Professional Express, and helped many people with little odd and end jobs that needed fixing around their homes. 

Dave was very athletic playing many sports like baseball, men’s fast pitch softball, basketball, and bowling. He also helped coach his kid’s softball team, baseball team, soccer team, and basketball team. When he was done coaching, he then enjoyed sitting back watching his children play their sports and supporting them through them all. He also enjoyed watching the Royals play and win the World Series along with also watching the Chiefs play and win the Super Bowl. 

Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Sharilyn Kay Valdez, children Ashley Valdez, David Valdez III, Skylar Valdez, Audrey Valdez, and Vincent Valdez; Mother Magdalena Valdez; sisters Otilia (Dennis) Valdez, Emilia (Kevin) DeVore, and Ana Valdez. 

Dave was preceded in death by his father.


A public visitation with Covid precautions (must wear a face mask the whole time and be sure to social distance) will be held from 6-8pm, Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 920 South Alta Lane, Olathe, Kansas. A Private Service for family but live streamed for non-family members will be at 11am, Friday, November 20, 2020 also at Redeemer Lutheran Church. To live stream the service, go to YouTube.com and search Redeemer Olathe.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, please go to this website, https://www.olathehealth.org/patients-and-visitors/giving/one-time-gift/ and consider donating to either the Cancer Center or Hospice House which are part of the Olathe Health Charitable Foundation.   

The family is extremely grateful to all the doctors and nurses who touched Dave’s life throughout this past year.  We also want to thank the staff and nurses at the Hospice House for their genuine support and compassion towards Dave and us during the last 5 hours of his life. 

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.CremationCenterKC.com.


  1. Ruth Sapp on December 19, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Maggie, Tillie, Millie and Annie, We were so saddened to hear about Davey. I can’t begin to tell you how often my kids and I have thought about you all. Maggie you all were like a second mom and family to my kids who you babsitted since the we’re babies. I remember how Davey was just crazy about Nikki when she was born I had to make him her godfather. I’m thinking of all of you and keeping you all in my prayers, sending you much love and hope to one day see you soon. We still live in Olathe.

  2. Theresa Kolbeck on December 16, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    I’m so very saddened by the loss of this beautiful person. I worked with Dave for years and enjoyed his confidence, humor and work ethic. The world is a better place for having him in it.

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you!

  3. Danny Lopez on November 22, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Maggie, Tillie, Millie, Anne
    I would like to express my sincere condolences for the loss of Davey. You all will be in my prayers. May God bless Davey and all of you and your families.

  4. Jae Tillman/Justyce Betts on November 19, 2020 at 9:30 am

    I had the pleasure of knowing Dave through our kids playing baseball together. I enjoyed talking to Dave he was so knowledgeable about sports, he was such a positive man and very encouraging to my son. Dave was so fun to laugh with he had quite a sense of humor he kept you laughing. I admired the way he loved his family he spoke very highly of them. Dave will be greatly missed he definetly will leave a lasting memory of every life he touched. Prayers to the family during this difficult time

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks Jae! I really appreciate the thoughts and prayers. Dave a was huge fan of his children and loved them to the ends of the earth. His funny stories and encouraging words are truly missed.

  5. Rick Mccombs on November 19, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Worked with Dave at Pro Ex. A great guy always having a kind word or funny story. I knew his name was Valdez but no idea he was practically family until my wife and I attended a graduation celebration for Jack Valdez and found out Dave’s nephew Jesse married my niece Emily! Dave was so kind , funny and engaging. So sorry for your loss.

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you! He was definitely a man full of funny stories.

  6. Rocky on November 18, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    I met Dave shortly after moving here in 2013 and I was instantly sold on his character. He spoke about his family every time I saw him and was always excited to talk about the kids and their sports. I am fortunate to be able call him a friend and will miss hearing from him and all his new stories and jokes. Prayers for all of your family.

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Rocky! We truly appreciate your thoughts and prayers!

  7. Brandon Marsh on November 18, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    I once played on a slow pitch softball team loaded with former college baseball players. One week we were a man short and I invited Dave to fill in. He walked up with his usual swagger and leaned a bag containing about 20 bats against the fence. He was wearing shin-guards, a knee brace, elbow pads and brightly colored baseball pants. The heads started shaking and the comments started firing at him the minute Dave stepped into the dugout. But then, as I’m sure you can imagine, he had no problem dishing it right back out. And after our pitcher gave up a few early walks Dave more or less kicked him off the mound and took over himself. Dave struck out a guy (no simple feat in slow pitch!) then he started shifting all those former Jayhawk and Wildcat ball players all over the field. Every move was pretty much spot on and by the end of the game everyone was hanging on his every word, especially in the dugout where guys were doubling over with laughter at those quick-witted comments of Dave’s that we’re all so used to hearing. Every week after that game the guys would all ask me when Dave could come and play again.
    I loved times like that hanging out with Dave at a ballpark. Or meeting all over town for one corporate challenge event or another. Or just heading down to the mailroom whenever I had a few minutes and needed a good laugh.
    My thoughts go out to Sharilyn and the rest of the family. I’m glad I got to know you Dave Valdez.

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks Brandon! Dave always had some witty comment or comeback. And he had a love for softball/baseball you wouldn’t believe. This doesn’t surprise me one bit. It was always a great time playing softball together or even watching him play. Being around him in general was a hoot in itself. I really appreciate you sharing this and your thoughts for us.

  8. Michael on November 17, 2020 at 9:20 am

    I worked with Dave at Professional Express. He was a good guy and always had some funny quips to share. He spoke very fondly of his family. As a fellow Christian who studies the word Dave approached me several times seeking clarification on scripture. Dave was very interested in his relationship with the Lord. God bless his family, and I am sorry for your loss.

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you!

  9. Don and Paula Staton on November 17, 2020 at 2:28 am

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you! I really appreciate the thoughts and prayers.

  10. Sara Reynolds on November 15, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Thinking about you all. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed seeing Dave at the ball fields. It just won’t be the same without him. He was always so positive and had a true love for his kiddos. I will miss his funny comments in general but especially when they are up to bat, pitch, or just being on the field in general. I know that they are enduring a loss like no other. If there is anything you or they need we are here for you. I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks Sara! I really appreciate all your loving thoughts and prayers. We had some great times at the ballparks together watching our girls play ball together!

  11. Marina on November 15, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    It’s hard to put into words how broken our hearts are for all of you. Dave was and always will be a kind man that touched more lives than he probably ever realized. He seemed to always have a smile on his face and a kind word to share. We will cherish our weekends at the ball fields and the memories of us bowling together, we always had a great time and lots of laughs!
    Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. Love, Chad and Marina

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks Marina & Chad! We did have a lot of great times together. I appreciate all the loving thoughts and prayers.

  12. Anita Harris on November 15, 2020 at 9:14 am

    I’m deeply sorry for your loss.
    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you!

  13. Carolyn and Jordan Neely on November 14, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Maggie and family you are in my and Jordan’s prayers. I was so deeply saddened to hear about my brother David and Jordan uncle. David was the best brother a sister could ever have. We love you guys and you will forever be in our prayers.

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you!

  14. Crystal Turner-Griffith on November 14, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    To Ashley and Family, thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you grieve the loss of your beloved Father, Husband, Son, Brother and Friend. May he rest in eternal peace…

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you!

  15. Carey Parks on November 13, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Thinking of Shari, kids, and David’s extended family and friends during this unimaginably difficult time. David sounds like a wonderful man who touched the lives of many and will be terribly missed. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks Carey! I truly appreciate everything you have done for me!

  16. Bruce Dakan on November 13, 2020 at 5:43 am

    Dave, From Pittsburgh, Barbara & Andy & Heather and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time. Know that you are loved and in our thoughts and prayers. Bruce Dakan, Sr.

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you!

  17. Joshua on November 12, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    What can you say about Dave Valdez. I knew him from even before we worked together at Primedia. He was always supportive and all in no matter what was going on. From talking me into a pie eating contest to playing office poker tournaments to proudly showing me wrestling footage of his son, he was just a great guy to have around. These are just a few joyful memories I have but there are so many more. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone that needed it. He will be greatly missed.

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks Joshua! It’s great to see how much Dave was liked and how all his crazy antics put a smile on everyone’s face.

  18. Kristal, Malieh, Tijuan II and Xavier Funches on November 12, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs to you and your babies. He was a great man and always nice to my boys, giving them advice and sometimes putting them back in line.

    • Ruth Sapp on December 19, 2020 at 12:12 pm

      Ruth Sapp

    • Shari Valdez on January 7, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you! We greatly appreciate the thoughts and prayers.

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