Feb 252011

David Colley, 64, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at his home in Overgaard with his loving family at his side. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the First Southern Baptist Church of Overgaard.

David was born in Sheffield, England, in 1946.

He completed 2½ years of culinary schooling in Sheffield, going on to an apprentice program, where he was indentured to the Grand Hotel for five years. He worked 52 hours a week while attending Ealing University, where he graduated in 1966.

David met Jennifer Ann Barnes in England while she was visiting her grandmother in 1964. He proposed before she returned home and a long distance love affair began. After graduating in 1966, he wrote to several American restaurateurs and secured a position with Bill Helsing at Neptune’s Table. He then immigrated to the United States, and he and Jenny were married one week later. Their fairy tale marriage lasted 44 years.

During his life David was very successful as a chef with many establishments within the Phoenix metro area and also became a U.S. citizen.

In 2004 David retired, and they moved to Overgaard to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

David was a good and faithful servant to his Lord and Savior. He loved his family, his life and above all the Lord.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Barnes Colley; his son, James Lee Colley (Donna); his daughter, Tracy Ann Colley Baker (Douglas); six grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Deborah Barnes Johnson (Dennis); his nephew, Christopher Lee Johnson (Stephanie); his niece, Tammy Denise Johnson Shust (Jonathan); and two grandnephews.

Black’s Mortuary of Show Low is in charge of the arrangements.