David Arthur Borglum

David Borglum, longtime Alameda resident, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, Oct. 31, after a serious illness.

David was a devoted family man and clergyman. His dedication to serving both his community and the greater good of humanity in the areas of spiritual development, social justice and environmental awareness brought him close to many Alamedans. He was universally liked and respected for his friendly, gentle approach with everyone and for his dedication to living a life which embraced the higher aspirations he so passionately believed in for the world. David’s life was truly a sermon lived as well as a sermon preached.

He was born in Chicago, and lived there and in Los Altos. He graduated from Los Altos High School. He then attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. He later studied pastoral education in Chicago and pursued graduate studies at the Graduate Theological Seminary in Berkeley. In his later years, he earned a Doctor of Ministry at the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland (now Wisdom University).

He was ordained in the United Church of Christ and served in Teko, Wash., Hudson, Kan., Slinger, Wisc., and Campbellsport, Wisc.,

before answering the call which brought him and his family to Alameda, where he was the pastor at Alameda’s Home of Truth. After he left the Home of Truth, he earned his credential in adult education and began teaching classes in stress reduction, mindfulness, and happiness. He also taught adult education through Alameda Unified School District, at Mastick Senior Center, and at the Independent Way, in San Leandro. His final ministerial call was at Fremont Congregational Church in Fremont. David was and his family continues to be members of First Congregational Church of Alameda.

David is survived by his wife of 26 years, Robbie, and his two children, Christopher Borglum of Fayetteville, Ariz. and Angela Borglum of Alameda; his brother Dale Borglum and nephew Declan Borglum of Fairfax; as well as extended family in Illinois and Wisconsin.

David also leaves behind many friends and associates who came to know him through his various affiliations and activities. His warmth and genuine interest in his fellows plus his wry, witty sense of humor endeared him to his friends. He will be especially missed by those who shared his company in the men’s groups in which he took part.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, at First Congregational Church of Alameda, 1912 Central Ave. (at Chestnut) in Alameda.

The family requests that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the organization of your choice or to Roberta Borglum for an educational fund for his daughter, Angela.