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David Roy "Lu" Luoma

Our beloved son, who was a father, brother, uncle and friend, died suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving behind many grieving family members and friends.

A celebration of life will be followed by a reception at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Twin Cities Church in the Adventure Student Ministry room, 11726 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley.

David was born in Berkeley, Calif., to Roy and Hilda Luoma.



Later, the family moved to Walnut Creek where he grew up. As a youth he enjoyed scouting, camping, skiing and spending time in the Indian Valley neighborhood with his friends.

Upon graduation from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek in 1970, he worked with his father learning the construction trade firsthand.




As a young man, he moved to Nevada City to escape the busy lifestyle of the San Francisco Bay Area. It was there that he honed his carpentry skills and became locally known as “the finisher.”

He was a true craftsman whom locals also nicknamed “the angle man” for his uncanny ability to figure with precision.

His pastimes included motorcycling, storytelling, fishing, watching sporting events, and friendly gatherings at McGee’s in Nevada City. His sense of adventure showed up in his love of traveling and meeting people.

His passions were his family, friends and spending winters in La Manzanilla, Mexico. A sensitive guy, he will be remembered as a caring and affectionate man who was quick-witted and able to live life to the fullest.

David is survived by his parents; sisters Chris Sherfey, Jill (Tim) VanderHeiden, Tracey (Jim Karsant); and nieces Brandy (Lee) Dodson and Ashley VanderHeiden. He is also survived by his loving companion Carolyn Grandell, mother of his son Josh (Amy) and daughter Carli.

Cremation services were done by Chapel of Angels Mortuary, Grass Valley.


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