Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Passing of David Price

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of David Price on March 1, 2011 and have decided to re-run his "last story" (Angel of Mercy, first published in January 2010) as a tribute to him.

On March 3, 2011, his short story was selected as a finalist for a 2011 Derringer Award.

Condolences can be sent to friend William Swank at wgswank@san.rr.com.

I hope everyone will take another look at this award-nominated story and leave a comment.




From Bill Swank:

Dave signed this for my son, Billy, when he was two or three years old. Dave went to Clairemont High School in San Diego, but didn't play football until he went to Cal Western where he made Little All-American. Billy went to Clairemont where he lettered in football.











Dave is in the back row, far right...

30 comments:

Elaine Ash said...

I am deeply saddened by this news. Thank you David for letting our online community know of his passing. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Price, both via email and over the telephone on two of his stories. David Price was a thoughtful and conscientious writer, with a deep knowledge of crime and the penal system as well as law enforcement. He will be deeply missed.
Sincerely,
Elaine Ash

Terrie Farley Moran said...

David was a wonderful writer who evoked emotions deep within the reader. He and his work will be greatly missed.

Terrie Farley Moran

Chris said...

I, too, am saddened to hear this. I recall very much enjoying "Angel of Mercy" the first time around, and I can think of no greater act of remembrance than to call attention to his work.

pattinase (abbott) said...

What a horrible thing. So sorry to learn of this.

Glenn Gray said...

My condolences go out to David's family. The crime fiction world has lost a wonderful talent. He'll surely be missed.

Clare2e said...

Such sad news. While I'm happy that David Price's recent work has attracted recognition he richly deserves, I'll be so sorry to miss reading more from him.

Keith Rawson said...

Damn shame, David seemed like a good man and he was a hell of a fine writer

Chris said...

Very sad. Thanks for the heads-up, Dave.

Al Leverone said...

I'm sorry to hear this sad news...my thoughts and prayers go out to David's family and friends...

Randy Johnson said...

Awful news! So sad that he was taken away from his family so early.

Al Tucher said...

So sorry to hear. He's gone way too soon.

AC said...

My condolences go to David Price's friends and family. I can say nothing to cure their grief. His ideas, however, will continue to breathe as long as there are readers in the world.

Charles Gramlich said...

What a serious blow to all of us who knew David or who just enjoyed his writing. My best wishes go to his family at this tough time. He will be remembered.

Mark Boss said...

Sad when a writer dies and you wonder about all the work he might have produced. But I'm pretty sure there's a big coffee shop in Heaven, with endless refills, and well-lit tables where he can sit and pen some new tales.

Jack said...

I've read enough of David's work to know he spent a great deal of time doing something he loved. My condolences to the family.

tleeharris said...

So very sorry to hear about David Price's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

Naomi Johnson said...

This is heartbreaking news. Thanks for letting us all know. There are never so many good writers that we can spare one as good as David.

Hilary Davidson said...

Such sad news, both for David's family and friends and for the crime community.

BV Lawson said...

I'm so sorry David couldn't stay with us a little longer. Even though he was relatively new to writing short stories, it's obvious he had a lot of talent and a lot to contribute to crime fiction. It's a deep loss to his family and friends, and to all of us.

Naomi Johnson said...

Thanks for the photos, David. What a full and varied life David Price led. We should all be so accomplished.

David Cranmer said...

Naomi, The more I learn about Mr. Price the more I'm impressed.

Thank you all for leaving such heartfelt comments for David and his family.

And thanks to Mr. Swank for the marvelous photos and allowing us a glimpse into the life of such an interesting man. He will be missed.

G said...

My condolences to his family. It sounds like he left us at a much too early age.

Kate Thornton said...

I am so sorry. I loved his stories.

Ron Scheer said...

Very sharp, skilled writer. Hate to lose one. There are never enough.

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Nik said...

Sad news indeed. Please add my condolences to David's family and friends. Donne says 'every man's death diminishes me' - and that feels so true especially for a writer who can affect us in his work, as David did with his Angel of Mercy story.

Jodi MacArthur said...

The beauty of words (and fiction) is they mirror the imagination of the living soul. And that will always be here. Much love to Mr. Price's family.

Clare2e said...

Love the football pix. I spent a lot of time in Chicago as a Bears fan-- it's great to see!

Patricia Harrington said...

I, too, just want to add a note of condolence to David's family and all his friends. The pictures you have posted are wonderful, and the memories you shared showed what a fine individual as well as writer that David was. He will be missed. Heartfelt wishes and prayers go to his family.

Best wishes,
Pat Harrington

Jack Bates said...

I only knew of David from our mutual nominations and his stories I read there after. The more I find out about him, the more I realize that while the web has introduced many of us to one another, we haven't really met. It would have been great to bump into him at a conference or convention, to shake his hand, and to say 'Great work.'