Deacon David C. Fabula, who served for over 20 years at the Orthodox parish of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Delta, Colorado, and was beloved by many, fell asleep in the Lord on November 12, 2015. He suffered a serious stroke in the spring of 2015 and later died at home a few days before his sixty-first birthday. Having cast off the heavy bonds of this life, which had weighed him down, his soul flew to heaven.
David is survived by his mother, Connie T. Fabula, of La Jolla, California; two sisters, Lisa S. Fabula, also of La Jolla, and Christina M. Fabula, of Ft. Bragg, California; his wife of 38 years, Janet L. Fabula; three sons, Nicholas J. (and Mira Emmanuel) Fabula, of Seattle, Washington; Joseph A. Fabula, of Delta, Colorado; and Jesse C. (and Christina) Fabula, of Grand Junction, Colorado; and two grandsons, Jeremiah and Jonah, and one on the way, all of whom were touched by his monumental expression of love and moved by his enlightening stories. He was predeceased by his father, Andrew G. Fabula, of La Jolla.
David spent the first 39 years of his life in California. He then moved with his wife and three sons to Delta to be the deacon at St. Andrew the Apostle Orthodox Church. They purchased a farm, raising animals and cultivating several plots of land; and in addition, David worked in plumbing and construction, building and renovating houses.
He was a gracious man and a giver. He was generous with his friendship, time, possessions, and opinions. There was always room in his heart to extend the warm hand of fellowship to others. He loved to be helpful to one and all, even if he had just met the person. The reply of "no" to any request rarely ever passed his lips—regardless of his abilities!
According to David, there was only one store in town and that was Ace-Delta Hardware. What governed David's sense of time remains a mystery. The concept of promptness or being on time for dinner never seemed to align with the clock on the wall. David had an endless array of facts in his head: mathematical, scientific, historical, and even some preposterous ideas! He was creative: his mind was always thinking of alternative options and possibilities; when he went out to irrigate, he could never resist attempting to improve the process.
David loved the Orthodox faith, which was the source and fount of all his dear and beloved qualities: his strong love of God, his humility, and his joy in and kindness to everyone he met, really embodying the Golden Rule. He was known throughout the diocese, having served as a leader in youth camps, in church construction projects in Alaska, and in building a substantial part of the Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael in Cañones, New Mexico. He was a real presence in the diaconate on both a local and regional level and will be sorely missed. David had a seemingly never-ending supply of small Orthodox icons, which he often would give to others. A very fitting Psalm for him is from Psalms 41: “Blessed is the man that hath understanding for the poor man and the pauper; in an evil day the Lord will deliver him . . . May the Lord help him on his bed of pain, the whole of his confinement in his sickness hast Thou turned to the better.”
Services will be held at St. Andrew the Apostle Orthodox Church, 298 Bert Street, in Delta, Colorado. A Panikhida will begin on Tuesday, November 17, at 6:00 p.m., followed by the reading of the Psalter, and a funeral service will take place on Wednesday, November 18, at 10:00 a.m., followed by a memorial meal.