In Loving Memory of David Leo Zelechowski
David (Dave) Leo Zelechowski, 57, loving father, husband, brother, son, and friend, died after a long struggle with colorectal cancer on Friday, February 9, 2018 in Gilbert, AZ. He was born on March 18, 1960 in Superior, WI to Eugene and Norma Zelechowski. At the age of three, he moved to Scottsdale, AZ, where he attended Navajo Elementary and Scottsdale High School (class of 1978). In 1985, he married Deborah Schmidt, and together they raised their four children: Jamie, David, Olivia, and Ciarah.
Dave worked as a chemist at Anocad while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Arizona State University, which he completed in December 1988. Although he began as a product/manufacturing engineer at Huck International (Tucson, AZ) in 1989, Dave built his career as an executive leader of manufacturing business units for a range of products, including aerospace engine components and professional tools for electricians.
Among family and friends, however, Dave was known for his passion for food and cooking, music and guitar playing, nature and hunting, and kayaking and hiking, as well as for his characteristic stubbornness and sense of humor.
Dave is survived by his wife, his four children, his three grandchildren (Capri, Abigail, and Ezra—who all knew David as “Papa”), his older brother Donald and wife Patti, his younger brother Michael and wife Joanna, his nieces (Donald’s daughters: Cassie, Misha, Shantell, and Jasmine; and Michael’s daughters: Grace and Carolyn), and his parents, Eugene and Carol Zelechowski. He was predeceased by his mother Norma.
Team Chowski: The Mismatched Socks
Many of us have heard the stories about how the young Zelechowski boys consistently whipped the competition in the mile—and this despite their mismatched socks and worn-out shoes. We doubt that any of us will win this 5K, but in honor of Dave (and his brothers), Team Chowski will be sporting mismatched socks. Will you join us?
It’s More than a Race.
We've formed a team for Get Your Rear in Gear and are joining thousands of others from across the country to make a difference in the fight against colon cancer, our nation’s No. 2 cancer killer.
We'll go the distance. Will you join us? We'd love your support as we prepare for this meaningful day.
We've got an ambitious fundraising goal but with support from people like you we can get there. The money raised will fund local programs to increase screening and awareness for colon and rectal cancer, as well as programs and services to support those living with the disease.
10 Facts about Colon Cancer
- Anyone can get colon cancer.
- One in 20 Americans will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
- Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death.
- Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally, and people of all races and nationalities.
- Screening for colon cancer should begin at age 50.
- Screening should begin earlier for many ethnic groups and those with a family history.
- Many of those diagnosed with colon cancer report no signs or symptoms before the diagnosis.
- Those with a parent, sibling, or other relative with colon cancer have an increased risk of developing the disease.
- Incidence of colon cancer is increasing among adults under age 50.
- Younger adults were more likely than older adults to be diagnosed with late-stage cancers.
(Bonus Fact) Screening is easy, there are many affordable options that can be done in the privacy of your own home. Talk to your doctor about the right one for you.
Thank you for you participation, donations, love, and all-around support!