David James Baumgartner

David James Baumgartner 013019 online(October 1959 – November 2018) David Baumgartner lived a full and well-traveled life. Growing up in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, he graduated from Chester F. Awalt High School and studied at UC Santa Barbara and Westmont College. His many interests included traveling the USA – especially to beaches and national parks, music, gardening, and also protecting animals and butterflies. David’s enjoyed working as the World Music Manager at Tower Records for many years, and also at several West Coast nurseries caring for the plants and giving advice about gardening. One of David’s best friends from Tower Records complied a short play list (, highlighting some of David’s favorites – which also included Colombian cumbias, gospel music, and Hawaiian music. Over the years, David moved around a lot, but he made friends everywhere he landed, especially through fellowship at churches and support groups.

He had passionate views on many social and conservation issues, and he regularly corresponded with every elected official he met on his travels. In his last 2.5 years, David bravely battled several types of aggressive cancer, and he was deeply appreciative of the many local family and caregivers in LA who made that experience less solitary and scary. It meant the world to David that so many long-time friends took time to visit/call/email him over those tough years when he needed extra support. On the weekend of his last 59th birthday, David was surrounded by family who played guitars and sang, told stories, brought cakes, and Spicy cat who visited from Los Altos… because David was missing his wild kitty Potsie, who he befriended at the Harbor/UCLA Hospital for 7 months. Many more friends and family called, sent cards and gifts and emails, and it was a tremendous outpouring of caring - and a testament to David being well-loved these many years. David is survived by his parents, Jon and Josefina Baumgartner; sister Mary Baumgartner Vellequette; aunts Soledad Cura and Paulina Monroy; and cousins Sherry Potter, Pattie Cucura, Eloisa Smith, Ana VanOver, and Johana / Esther/ Diego Lazaro. Our cousins once and twice removed (& spouses) were also close to David: Susie Schallert (Larry), Sally Walbert (Frank), Daniel Potter, Kevin Schallert, Eric Schallert (Kristin), and Janae Schallert. If you’d like to make a donation in David’s memory, please consider the Xerces Society (, whose conservation activism focuses preserving monarch butterflies, bees, and their habitats. Lastly, feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with remembrances or condolences - which I’m happy to forward to our whole family.

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