Banks, John David (November 24, 1953 - December 9, 2008)

John David Banks


Douglas Budget - December 17, 2008

A memorial service for John David Banks, 55, was held Dec. 13 at Family Life Church with Pastor Martin Crump officiating.

A reception was held following the service.

John David, a resident of Gillette, was taken home by his Father on Dec. 9, 2008.

David was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, on Nov. 24, 1953, to Loy and the late Nancy Banks. He graduated from Campbell County High School in 1972, and attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., before returning to Douglas in 1976.

He married Jeanette in 1977, and they lived in Gillette together for 31 years, raising their family, journeying through life together. Dave was a production technician at North Antelope Rochelle mine and enjoyed his career as it allowed him time to pursue his many hobbies.

Dave, a "renaissance man," enjoyed the outdoors immensely and spent many summers panning for gold in the Black Hills of South Dakota as well as fishing and camping with his children and wife. He enjoyed working with his hands and investing in his home, building his own fence, fixing appliances or simply gardening for his and his family's enjoyment. When Dave wasn't outdoors he enjoyed financial pursuits indoors and wisely played the stock market with no regrets, even on the very day of his passing. In addition to being a handyman, Dave was also an artist and many paintings of his family and even a painting depicting his experiences welding can be found hanging in his home.

Dave is survived by his wife Jeanette of Gillette; children Jesse of Crested Butte, Colo., Jennifer and Janessa both of Gillette; father Loy C. Banks of Watuga, Texas; brothers Stephen Banks of Littlewood, Colo., and Andy Banks of Grandview, Texas; sisters Linda Furan of St. Ignatius, Mont., and Mary Jackson of Rutherford, Texas.

Dave was also an avid animal lover and is survived by his two loyal dogs, Louis and Hershal and his four adoring cats, Piller, Stroker, Nola and Rufus.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Gillette Animal Shelter Memorials and condolences may be sent in Dave's name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716 or via the internet at


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