David Charles Schmitt, 22, of Casper, died May 7, 2011, of a tragic accident at the War Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Wyoming.
He was born on May 24, 1988, in Grand Junction, CO, to Chuck and Susie Schmitt.
David and family lived in Scottsbluff and Kearney, Nebraska before settling in Casper in 2003. He was a 2007 graduate of Kelly Walsh High School where he excelled at cheering for his fellow students. He was a member of Student Council, National Honor Society and served as Student Body Vice-President. He was an active member in the community. David attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2006.
Early in life, David developed a passion for water and would forever be surrounded by it. He began swimming at age 7 and while in high school, was voted Wyoming High School Swim Coaches Association Athlete of the Year and Wyoming Swimming Male Swimmer of the Year. He was a United States Swimming Scholastic All-American and was a 3-time Wyoming State champion in the 100 Butterfly and 200 Individual Medley.
David also lived to kayak. He could always be found at the Platte River play park in Casper sharing his love of playboating with others. He spent his summers chasing his dream of someday becoming a professional kayaker, seeking out rivers throughout the western U.S. and traveling to Canada. He was employed by Royal Gorge Rafting, Canon City, CO, as a safety boater and was a skilled water rescuer. Above all, David was a teacher, allowing others to explore their love of water, whether through teaching kids to swim or guiding rafters down a river.
David's love of water earned him a position on the University of Wyoming Men's Swimming and Diving Team where again he excelled at leadership. He was honored to have been team captain this past year and was very humbled to have been voted "Most Inspiring Cowboy" by his teammates for 3 years in a row. He loved his team and he loved being a cowboy. While attending the university, he was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), served as President and Co-Chaired the Mountain West Region. David was to have graduated with his B.S. in Geology on the morning of his death.
David was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harold Schmitt, and is survived by his parents, Chuck and Susie Schmitt, his brother Bob Schmitt and sister Julie Schmitt, all of Casper, his grandmother Jeanne (Bignell) Schmitt of Hemingford, NE, grandparents Bob and Aubin (Clarkson) Hutchison of Gunnison, CO, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A Celebration of David's Life will be held Thursday, May 12, at 11:00 a.m., at First United Methodist Church in Casper. Visitation will be Wednesday evening, May 11, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Newcomers Funeral Home and Thursday at First United Methodist Church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a memorial in David's name, the David Schmitt Memorial Fund, in care of Newcomer Funeral Home, 710 E. Second Street, Casper, Wyoming, 82601.