David Balzer died Aug. 3, 2005.
He was born Dec. 21, 1920 to Henry and Sara Balzer in Pleshanovo, Russia, and emigrated with his family in 1924 to settle in Colonsay, Sask.
They moved to Yarrow, B.C. in 1942. While working in Vancouver, he came to know Jesus Christ in a personal way.
David graduated from MB Bible College and married Mary Enns in Oct., 1949. They spent over 5 years church planting in Japan with MBMSI. Nothing gave him as much joy as to witness the changed lives of those who accepted Jesus Christ as Lord. While his sense of call to preach the Word never left him, David spent the remainder of his working life teaching in the public school system in Alberta and Saskatchewan. His was a thoughtful life, with a zeal for the truth, a willingness to grow and change, a deep knowledge of Scripture and an enjoyment of beauty.
Predeceased by 5 brothers; 1 sister; wife Mary; 1 daughter; 2 grandchildren; he is mourned by son Roland; daughters Lil Regier, Elly Bargen, Esther Edgelow, Rosalind Klassen; 18 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 sister; 1 brother.
The memorial service was Aug. 15 at Highland Community Church, Abbotsford.