Remembering David House

29 Nov

David House was a Phacil employee on our Indian Health Service contract in New Mexico. Unfortunately, he passed away on November 27. Below is an excerpt from an essay that a friend wrote about him…

One of our most excellent friends has passed away. David House, actor, musician, radio man, painter, photographer, body builder, computer expert, confidant, brother, son, father, and so much more. If you’ve been listening to Albuquerque radio anytime over the last 25 years, you’ve heard him. He was always the one who sounded the best.

If you’ve watched movies or TV in the last 25 years, you’ve probably seen him. Walter White’s oncologist in Breaking Bad, in fact. But if you had the pleasure of knowing him, you were REALLY blessed, because you would have known one of the kindest, most pleasant, and warmest people on the planet.

A Phacil Employee Remembered

David House

I’ve known David for 24 years. I first met him when I returned to Albuquerque in 1992. I was hired for weekend work at the Classic Rock radio station KLSK 104.1. For one of my first shifts, I came in to follow this Adonis-bodied black man who had the most amazing radio voice I’d heard. He was quick with a smile and a laugh, knew his classic rock, and we became good buddies…

His last text to me was a quick reply to the idea of trying again to get together the following week. “Sounds good,” he wrote. It occurs to me that those words were the ones that always came to mind every time I heard him on the radio… the first time back in 1992 or the last time on one of his 2016 Wednesday jazz shows on KUNM. “Man! David Sounds Good! More importantly David WAS good. Kindness and compassion were his religion.

David experienced a seizure a few months back and a brain tumor was discovered to be the cause. It was removed and David appeared to be bouncing back, but his pristine body reacted poorly to chemotherapy, pneumonia set in, and after a short struggle he passed on November 27 in hospice care in Albuquerque with some of his large family at his side.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made through the National Brain Tumor Society at

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