David F. Jenkins
October 29, 1946 - March 18, 2018
David F. Jenkins, age 71, of Wilmington, DE, was welcomed into the arms of his Savior on March 18, 2018, surrounded by his family,
Born in Wilmington, DE on October 29, 1946 he was the only child of the late Elmer Floyd Jenkins and Theresa Eleanor (Jenkins) Warrant. Despite being a Delaware native, David would tell everyone he should have been born in Wyoming and that was always his heart’s true home “ what he called God’s country.
David proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1968 and had many stories of his time stationed in Sinop, Turkey. Later he worked in the banking and finance industry for over 25 years before moving into finance administration for a local private school. After 13 years, he left the school to take on his favorite position, that of Granddad Daycare operator.
Although a man of few words, it was obvious he loved his family with every fiber of his being. His favorite memories are those of family trips to Wyoming and Little Goose Creek in the Big Horn Mountains as well as weekly Sunday get-togethers during football season, that transitioned to Golf Sundays after football season ended. Despite the family consensus that golf was not entertaining to watch, his kids and grandchildren still came every week – making the days entertaining with spitball and water fights. However, they stood no chance because David was the finest spitball shooter around.
As David’s health began to decline and he was informed a transplant would be his only option for recovery, in an act as unselfish as they come, his daughter’s friend, Taylor Bishop went through the testing process to be a donor. While in the end Johns Hopkins would not move forward with the transplant, the family is forever grateful to Taylor for her loving support and selfless act in an effort to give the family more time with David.
No words can express how much his loved ones will miss his presence in their lives. David is survived by Margaret, his wife of 37 years; 2 sons and daughter, Richard Jenkins (Tricia), Matthew Jenkins (Alicia), and Ashley Sabo (Kyer); 7 grandchildren, Scott Jenkins, Kelsey Jenkins, Jolie Jenkins, Sarah Jenkins, Hayley Sabo, Anna Sabo, and Lucy Sabo; Army brother of 51 years, Doug Paishon (Susan); step-father, Paul Warrant; and step-siblings, Paul Warrant Jr. (Marlene) and Cindy Gregg (Ken).