David Wayne Zentz

June 11, 1963 ‒ September 10, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

David Wayne Zentz, 54, of Mansfield, OH, passed away peacefully in Ashland, OH, on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Throughout his courageous battle with nasal cavity cancer, he was blessed to receive excellent care from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, the Cleveland Clinic, and Hospice of North Central Ohio. After years of suffering, his pain on earth is over.

He is survived by his son Jason (and wife Kim), his daughter Heidi, and his daughter Heather (and husband Andrew), as well as their mother Julie Eby and his grandchildren Hudson, Parker, and Olivia. He is also survived by his brothers Tom (and wife Kari), Bob (and wife Beth), and Ken (and wife Crystal) and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents Don Zentz and Joyce (Register) Zentz.

Born in Plymouth, IN, and raised in Argos, IN, David graduated from Argos High School in 1981 and from Baptist Bible College (now Clarks Summit University) in Clarks Summit, PA, in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in church music. After college, he served in music ministry in Binghamton, NY; Willingboro, NJ; and Durban, South Africa. Ever the salesman, he developed a career in the financial sector throughout south Jersey, south central PA, and southern DE, with a loyal client base and 18 years of service at Wells Fargo.

Even during hospice care, David would relax at the piano, using his skillful renditions of hymns, show tunes, and classical works to minister to others. He especially enjoyed playing and singing with his family, to whom he passed on his love of music.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 16th, at 2:00 pm at Westwood Alliance Church (396 Willowood Drive East, Ontario, OH 44906). In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Mansfield Christian School’s Image Ministry Team (http://www.mcsflames.org/support-mcs/make-a-donation) or Hospice of North Central Ohio (https://www.hospiceofnorthcentralohio.org/general-donations).

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  • What a privilege is was to meet your dad, even if to just share a short time with him . This picture is such a great memory for you and I am sure will be in your heart forever. We are so sorry for you loss and hold you up with prayers to the one who gives life and sustains us through dark days. May the Lord not only comfort you at this time, but grant you peace, and precious sweet memories and tears of joy and laughter as well, as you remember your dad.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss!

    Gracious God,
    surround us and all who mourn this day
    with your continuing compassion.
    Do not let grief overwhelm your children,
    or turn them against you.
    When grief seems never-ending,
    take them one step at a time
    along your road of death and resurrection
    in Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

  • The class of 1981 was blessed to have David as a classmate & friend. He will always be in our thoughts an hearts.

  • It was an honor to work with David. He was always the light of the office. The thing that stands out most is he would always ask if he could “prepay” tow services to help anyone in need as a “pay it forward”. His hard work and determination will be greatly missed as well as his welcoming smile. Praying for peace and comfort for him as he goes home as well as for the family.

  • So sorry that a bright light has went off. But it my pleasure to meet David. I will miss emailing him. And touch base with him. I meant him at Thomas jefferson Hospital. God bless his amazing family. Reat in Peace my friend. And play that piano for the Lord now.

  • I was blessed to be able to work with David for a few years at Wells Fargo in Rehoboth Beach Delaware. David and I were part of a team of very solid professionals, and we achieved great success because of David’s natural talents and abilities for building authentic relationships with people. I came to know that that’s how he lived his life. He is truly missed every single day, and my sympathies and blessings go out to his family and everyone involved. I don’t believe I will ever meet someone as high quality of a person as David. Thank you David, thank you for your loyalty, your ethics, and your values. Your commitment truly made a difference in my life and I’m sure others. God’s speed.

  • I am saddened by the lose of a friend here on this earth, but happy he is no longer suffering. I grew up with this man until we graduated from high school at Argos Community Schools, Argos, IN, Class of 1981. A school known for high standards for academics and high expectations, we were a class of 63 people and if I am remembering correctly, he was our valedictorian. I was in band with him and we both played the trombone, and we both challenged each other to be our best. But David was never able to beat me to have that prized 1st chair of the trombones. So, he switched to French horn. We played at many basketball games and marched in many parades, so may wonderful memories of him, we always got in trouble for talking in Mrs.Heischman’s class!
    I knew he would do great things, but only realized through reading Facebook postings how many lives he touched from coast to coast and around the world and the legacy he left with his family. Wow! He accomplished so much in such a short time. And now God has called him home. I am so thankful and blessed to have known Dave. My heart goes out to his family. But I am sure Dave will be looking down from above smiling and we will see him again in heaven.

  • God rest his soul in eternal peace. I followed David as he chronicled on Facebook his courageous fight with cancer. He inspired me greatly.

  • I wish to send my deepest condolences to the family. I live in London and It was my pleasure to meet David at a wedding in New york in November 2010. We were sitting next to each other at one of the table and we really enjoyed his company and stories. This was the only time we met but then became friends on Facebook so I followed his life and his battle with his illness throughout. In one of my messages to David I told him I was going to Iceland (which is where my husband family is from) to spend Christmas there and he mentioned that it was one place he would hope to visit soon and he would hope to see the northern lights so the next time that I am in Iceland which will be this Christmas and If I see the lights I will send my best wishes to David while watching the beautiful and magical Aurora Borealis .

  • So sorry for your loss. I knew David at BBC, a wonderful musician. May you experience the comfort and grace of God in the midst of grief. Blessings of deep peace.

  • I only knew David for a short time but knew him to be a person full of love and kindness. I was always so impressed with how he shared his journey and struggle with all of his Facebook friends so we could pray for him and support him. He suffered so much but seemed to always put a loving face to all of us. Sending his family love and my sincerest sympathy.

  • Much sadness for so many people. Anyone who met him fell for his special qualities. He will be sadly missed. It was a privilege to go to school with him all those years in our tiny farming community of Argos, Indiana. We all grew up ‘family’. He was in the class between me and my husband, Randy. Such special times for me especially – in band, choir, music contests, drama, singing 16! Our favorite memory will be The Sound of Music….. I was his child, Brigitta, he was Captain von Trapp….. of course, another is when he sat down at the piano and expressed such God given gifts. I have tears of joy to have been a part of his life. I can only imagine the great things he passed on to you. Thank you for sharing his story with us on fb. It warmed my heart to read your words.

  • So sorry Dave has passed on but he is now in the arms of Jesus. All his pain is gone and he is now at peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and now remember all the happy times in South Africa.

  • So sorry for your loss. I remember Dave for his skills on the piano at Grace Baptist Church in Queensburgh, Durban.
    You are in my thoughts at this time.

  • Knew Dave for a short time but was blessed by his gift of music. Condolences to his family and our sincere thoughts and prayers for strength and grace during this time of loss. His passing into the presence of the Lord is but a joy for those who will one day follow – Praise be to Jesus Christ, Lord, Saviour and almighty God.

    Craig and Joanne Gove

  • Sincere condolences to all.
    The very first time I heard the song
    ” Something Beautiful” was when Dave taught it to our congregation in Reservoir Hills . Durban South Africa.
    God certainly makes our lives something beautiful.
    Much love and blessing. Pat Moodley. (Reservoir Hills Bible Baptist Church)

  • Pleasure of my life meeting a man of such great character. You are at peace now my friend. You will always be remembered fondly by me and so
    many in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware!
    See you again one day…

  • I am so sorry for your loss. It is good to know we will see him again, but that’s in the future. The pain and loss are real right now. May the love you have in your heart and oh so many memories you’ve made with your dad, along with the support and love of family and friends bring you comfort.

    Your dad was a tremendous inspiration and encouragement to me personally over the past few months. I have been able to use his words and music to encourage others, as well. Thank you for sharing your journey along with his.

  • Dear Miss Heidi and Family: We have come to love all of you through the hospice journey and we are so very sorry for the loss of your blessed and talented father. We have loved watching the videos of all of you singing together. His legacy will live on through all of you. We pray for the peace of Jesus that passes all understanding. May God bless you and keep you all in the palm of His hand. Much love.

    • Dear Heidi and Family, I learned so much about your Dad in such a short time, and of his family that was there for him. Your posts Heidi throughout the last 2 months was a blessing to us all. It meant so much to feel your faith and strength that was shared with Dad till the end. Thank you all, and know you will continue to be in my prayers. May HE grant you comfort at this time. Dad will be missed, but he’ll always be near you in spirit. God Bless You all!

  • David’s Family: I knew David as his client at Wells Fargo. I’ve prayed for his well-being & his return to the bank through his long journey of cancer. I’m glad his suffering is finally over but so sad I will never speak with him again. David was such a nice man. I am truly very sad. He told me about his children and how proud he was of you. Cherish your memories.

  • Family of David Zentz: I was a client of David’s at Wells Fargo in Delaware. I had been praying and inquiring about David since he went out on sick leave. I spoke with him last December when he was in the hospital and conveyed how much he is missed. David was such a very nice man, and it is heartwarming to read these messages of condolence. I am so very, very sad to know that I will never smile with him again but glad God has released him from pain. May all of you cherish your memories of David. I am glad that I met him.

  • Although we knew it was coming, we are still deeply saddened by David’s death. He was a wonderful contributor to the Rehoboth Beach Epworth UMC Praise Team, and shared his voice and piano gifts with us. We were always so happy when Heidi came to Rehoboth and joined us on stage to sing. We could see David beaming with pride in the congregation. David was not in Rehoboth for a long period of time, but he made an indelible mark on all our hearts, and we are so grateful to have known him. As the Apostle Paul said, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” David is surely singing with the Heavenly Hosts this day. We will miss him.

  • I only knew David through his substitution as pianist for our Chancel Choir (which I’ve only been a part of for 6 years. However, the last 2 months after his relocation to be near daughter Heidi, I learned that he was an extraordinary man who shared his kindness to others, his musical talents, and his strong Faith that helped him and his family (especially Heidi) to endure the last month. I’m sorry for your loss, but also relieved as I’m sure you – the family are, knowing his suffering is over and he is at peace – probably selecting the best piano to provide angelic music in his ‘new life’ with Jesus. Know that prayers are with you all during this dark period.

    Carolyn Cattafi (Epworth UMC)