January 22, 2022 ~ 20 Shevat 5782
Dr. David Tasman, age 70, died on the holy day of Shabbat, January 22, 2022, five days before his next birthday.
He is survived by his wife Sheila Davis Tasman, his children Michael (Jen) and Leah (Zac Linsky), his mother Martha Frockt, brothers Jerry (Mina) and Ronnie (Marda), granddaughters Ana and Mila Tasman, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
David was a beloved educator for countless residents in the Orthodontic department at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry for over 35 years. He received tribute letters from so many of them that had a similar theme – “You have been consistently mentioned as the favorite teacher or one of the very best teachers during residency.” Alumni regularly referenced that he treated them and their patients with the highest level of respect, always putting the needs of the patients and the residents first…evidence for the claim that “one person can behave in a manner that makes the world a better place” and “to be in that rare category of one whom everyone loves is truly unique and special. Level headed, consistently engaging yet calm demeanor, direct and focused attention to your questions, always taking the time to respond to each resident and quick to put you at ease with a smile.”
David was accomplished in so many areas and knowledgeable beyond belief. He was a bright, brilliant man with vision. He was always working on something with his hands, creative solutions to practical problems. He was a master at bending wires, to hold things together or to hold things apart. This was true for household solutions as well as its relevance to orthodontics. He had a patent pending for an innovative 3D imaging Orthodontic device.
From the time he was a young boy, David had a love for being a HAM radio operator, the last emergency broadcast system in a disaster. He talked to people all over the world. It was a big part of his commitment to safety. Protecting his family and loved ones always came first.
Some called him a hero, when at their weekly synagogue softball game, he saw a friend collapse on the field. He always taught us that you have to act in milliseconds, and so he did. If not for the mouth-to-mouth CPR he administered without giving it a second thought, his friend would have died. He never wanted any acknowledgement for it and would have preferred no one knew he was the one who recognized what was going on and took action. He was a low profile, private, and humble person.
David drew from his professional and life experiences to build up others, which continues to impact countless lives. He demonstrated the grit and perseverance for doing the right thing, and he emphasized the importance of being an independent and critical thinker. He was a wise and compassionate person, who used little words to get to the point. He never stopped learning, lived by the words that “everything is subject to change,” and showed his love through actions. David was the sweetest man who was kind, gentle and loving. His life has touched so many others, and these ripples are endless.
Donations can be made to the David Tasman Memorial Donation Fund at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, http://giftfunds.stjude.org/DTasman