April 26, 1953 – July 28, 2011

David Edward Kling died at his childhood home in the arms of his brother on Thursday, July 28, 2011. David was born on April 26, 1953, in Bryan, Texas to Billy James Kling and Florace Gatlin Kling. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and niece, Victoria Louise Kling. He is survived by a loving family of two brothers, Stewart Kling and wife Irene, and Chris Kling and wife Janet; his aunt, Mildred Gatlin Igo; his niece, Brittany Kling; and four nephews, Justin Kling, Gatlin Kling, Travis Kling and Lincoln Kling; and an extended family composed of everyone David ever met.

Funeral Services for David will be on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Bryan (TX). Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2011, 2:00p.m. until 4:00p.m. at Hillier Funeral Home.

David had two distinct careers; newspaper distribution and land surveying. After graduating from A&M Consolidated High School in 1971 he began working in newspaper distribution, methodically building a network across central Texas for the distribution of regional and national newspapers. David moved to Austin in the early 1980s, eventually settling in a cabin on a rural tract of land in Blanco County. He surveyed for national mapping and surveying companies for many years until he found his final calling as a land surveyor at Willis-Sherman Associates in Marble Falls, Texas.

David had a unique vision of the world, making him independent in thought and how he lived. What the rest of the world considered a vocation he considered an avocation and what the rest of the world considered an avocation he considered his vocation.

The world takes care of self first and always, looking to serve and help others only after satisfying personal desires. David served others first and always, meeting the needs of others before considering his own. David made sacrificial decisions, countless times each day, indeed at every opportunity, to place the needs, interests and desires of others ahead of his own.

He did not devote much effort to a formal education; however he spent his life in the solitary study of human nature. He coveted no material thing, caring little for how he looked, what he wore, where he lived or what he drove, the material things important to the rest of the world. His net worth by monetary standards was minimal. His worth to family, friends and first time acquaintances was immeasurable.

He maintained his personal needs and desires at a level such that he had sufficient margin in his life to always be available to help someone else. David worked to meet his needs according to the choices he made. While his work ethic was second to none David had that special ability to balance work and his primary commitment of serving others so that both employer and his commitment to those he loved were satisfied. With a boundless capacity to serve others David would help anyone, at any time, to do anything.

David was free of all prejudice, hate and fear; believing in the inherent goodness of humanity and the equality of man. In David’s view everyone was good, honest, and trustworthy. He was kind, generous, considerate and thoughtful, gentle, humble and loving.

David will be greatly missed and forever remembered by all who knew him.

David’s nephews Justin, Gatlin, Travis and Lincoln are honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, family has asked that memorial donations in David’s name be made to S.O.S. Ministries, P.O. Box 2866, Bryan, Texas 77805.