Memorial Spaceflights

David Blinn Gorman "AKA" Roo

"A New Journey Begins Today"
1951 - 2005

David Blinn Gorman was born December 22, 1951 in Portland, Oregon where he spent his childhood until the age of four or five when his father, who worked in the airline industry, was transferred and the family moved to the San Francisco peninsula town of Millbrae, California.

The town of Millbrae is in the hills overlooking the San Francisco airport. David's love of flying started at an early age, when he would sneak off to get a peak at the newest commercial and military planes.

After graduation from a local high school, David attended a local community college for two years. He then attended San Jose State University, where he studied mathematics and computer science. While in school, he landed a full-time job with Hewlett Packard.

In early 1980, David worked for AMI Gould where he was renowned for his work with semiconductors creating many computer-aided design (CAD) tools and platforms they run on.

In late 1984, he went to work for a small, unknown company called SDA Systems, which later became Cadence Design Systems: He was proud to be employee # 34 (there are now more than 250,000), which he would forever boast about to anyone who would listen. During his work there, he and his group created numerous superior products that are to this day used by millions of people worldwide.

David had a love of his work few people have. He loved his job, the company he worked for and the crew he worked with so much.

That all came crashing down on September 28, 1990 when David was in a horrific car accident which caused him to die twice; and after being resuscitated, he went into a deep coma that lasted 48 days. David's family was told by medical experts to expect the worst, and if he were to survive, he would likely remain in a vegetative state.

Being the fighter he was, he emerged from the coma, but was unable to do the simplest of tasks.

Severe head and brain injuries sustained in the accident required many surgeries, as well as years of rehabilitation. He regained much of his abilities; however he was unable to return to the work he loved so much.

David married his beloved Jennifer (whom we affectionately called "Jeffer") and they had a furchild by the name of Troy, who was a chubby Shih Tzu dog that Dave nicknamed "Woofer."

David had a sister by the name of Marilyn whose children, Scott and Eileen, David was very proud. He also had a sister-in-law Lynn (Jennifer's sister), her husband Brian and their sons Bradley and Brett.

David's hobbies included many remote control planes and cars, rafting on the American River, fishing, camping, hiking and computers. He also was nuts about space exploration and belonged to many organizations affiliated with space exploration, including: the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Space Society, the Mars Society, the Planetary Society, the SETI Institute, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Since childhood, he collected newspapers, magazines, pictures, patches, and stickers regarding space exploration - and knew every launch, style of shuttle (including payload), and crew for every mission.

David wanted to go into space in the worst way, including obtaining any information available regarding civilian passengers for space shuttle missions. We had a personal friend who had been a designer of the first land rover used on the moon. Dave would ask so many questions, the friend became wary and would often turn the other way when he saw Dave headed toward him. He wanted to go into space so badly: He wanted Jennifer to agree to sell everything they owned (in their wedding vows!) if he ever had an opportunity to go into space.

  • He was also a member of The National Corvette Club, and owned his pride and joy, a 2004 C6 Limited Edition Corvette.
  • He loved books and information so much that he could have filled the shelves of a small town library with his many, many volumes.
  • One of Dave’s favorite quotes was “Reach for the stars, the worst that will happen is you will fall among the clouds.”
  • Dave’s musical interest was as eclectic as his books, collecting from all genres; but his favorite music was Jazz.
  • He felt one of the greatest men in this era was Stephen Hawking, and would have loved to have a one-on-one conversation with him. Dave read every book or article available written by Dr. Hawking.
  • Dave was fun-loving, intelligent, and eloquent. He was also a thrill-seeker, being very curious about all things.
  • Dave loved unraveling mysteries, and problem-solving, thrill rides on roller coasters, cruises, water sports of any kind, philosophy, and spirituality.
  • If he were asked what would be a great day for him, he would have said, “A barbeque on a sunny day at the park with family and friends, to include a few rounds of Frisbee golf.”

As David’s family, we feel grateful that David will finally get his wish to go into space. His lifelong dream will be a reality, becoming his final resting place. 

The Family of David Blinn Gorman

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