David Hunt McKim, age 49, of Helena, passed away November 9, 2023.
Beloved son, brother, uncle, teacher, and friend. Born and raised in Michigan, David was a lifelong musician, avid angler, outdoorsman, and dedicated educator. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in education, David’s dedication to his students–first in the San Francisco Bay area, and later in Helena–was absolute. David passed his lifelong love of science on to his students in the classroom, on extraordinary field-trips, and countless after-school activities. His honors and awards were too numerous to list.
David’s summers were spent working as a talented contractor, carpenter, and fierce tamer of fish on the waters of Montana.
A gifted drummer since the age of nine, David played in bands across the country, mastering genres including rock, jazz, country and bluegrass. As a founding member of Helena’s “Copper Queen”, David set the tempo for the bars, festivals and streets of Helena.
“Uncle Dave” was a master builder of sandcastles, formidable Nerf-gun warrior, cunning water-fight provocateur, teller of amazing stories, and constant source of love.
David’s generosity to his friends and family knew no bounds. David gave till it hurt, always present for the toughest tasks, the most difficult moments, very often before being asked.
David is survived by his father and stepmother, Sam and Gene, of Michigan. David is also survived by his twin brother Andy and sister-in-law Nina, niece Clementine and nephew Wilder of Maryland, stepsister and brother-in-law Esther and Jeff Wells, Niece Fiona and nephew Julian, of Michigan.
Services will take place at noon on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at the Carroll College P.E. Center in Helena.
A Michigan Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. (MST) at the Lakeport Wesleyan Church, 3871 Harris Rd., Lakeport, MI.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the David McKim Memorial Scholarship Fund to be set up for students studying in the Earth Sciences area David taught and loved. (To be made out to Life Covenant Church, 800 N Hoback, Helena, MT 59601, with notation for the David McKim Memorial Fund.)