David Franklin Highsmith was born August 15, 1967 in Mesa, Arizona.
He was raised all over the United States by his mother Linda Gibson with his older brother Jim and his younger brothers Bob, Randy who died in early childhood and Pat.
They moved to San Diego in 1978 and settled down.
In his sophomore year at Southwest high school he met Marrie at a cross country practice and they became sweethearts.
He joined the Army Reserves and left for boot camp at Fort Eustis, Virginia the day after graduating high school in the summer of 1985. He bought Marrie an engagement ring from the money he made at boot camp.
They married on February 20, 1988 and their daughter Marissa was born on October 20, 1989.
He joined the San Diego County Sheriff's Department 1990, then later switched over to the San Diego Police Department in 1991 where he continued to work for 20 years until just before his death.
He was diagnosed with cancer on September 30, 2009. He fought a long and hard battle until he died peacefully at home on February 9, 2011, surrounded by his closest friends and family.
In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to the San Diego Chapter of the American Cancer Society