David Green, former Arizona Alarm Association president, avid moviegoer, husband, father and friend, passed away on Monday, November 25th after a stroke. He was 70 years old.
David was born in New York City, and grew up in Trenton, NJ. Right up to his death he could tell you the names of every kid who lived on his block, who they married and where they lived now.
He didn’t stay close to Trenton, though, and took his family all over the United States, working in the alarm industry. In only 18 years, David and his family lived in seven states, where David made many friends and continued to adapt to a changing business. He was an expert’s expert. He and his family finally settled in Scottsdale, AZ in 1994. It was in Arizona that David really found his community – he loved being involved with the Arizona Business Alliance and the Arizona Alarm Association where he served as president from 2000 – 2002.
When not at work, David loved going to the movies. All movies. He was a man who enjoyed Gotti, a film with a 0% Rotten Tomatoes score, and defended it by saying, “It wasn’t art, but it was a fun ride.” It wasn’t that he had no taste, David just always saw the best in movies – and in people.
In the same way he could trace an actor’s career (Hey, it’s that guy who was in that movie directed by the guy who made the film with the car chase!) he was great at pulling a life story out of someone he had just met getting the mail or standing in line at Starbucks.
He was happiest when finding commonalities (Oh, my son lives in Texas, or Did you ever work with Kent?) and connecting people (My daughter would love help with your job search! Or, Get in touch with my friend Craig about that car.) He wanted nothing more than to bring the world closer together, make it a little smaller and a little friendlier. And just a fun ride.
He is survived by his wife, Trisha Kelley, his children Sheila Green and Leo Green and daughter-in-law Rachel Grogan as well as his siblings Mimi & Art Unger, Judy & Bert Quinn, Lee & Joanne Engleman, and Suzy & Larry Block.
A service will be held at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary on Sunday, December 8. At 10AM. In lieu of flowers the family recommends donations to your local PBS station or the American Heart Association.
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