David L. Meier, 62, of Galt passed away on June 29, 2020 of cancer. He was born April 5, 1957 in Stockton where he lived with his parents and three younger brothers.
Dave enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing sports. As a teenager, he began working on cars and rebuilding engines where he gained his passion for mechanics. After attending Stagg High School, Dave began working in construction and went on to trade school where he received his journeyman certification in carpentry. He married his wife Sonja in 1977 and had two children, David and Stephanie. In 1985, they moved to Galt and started their own construction business, which they managed from out of the house he had built.
They eventually moved their business to Lodi where they operated Meier Construction. They performed commercial and industrial construction throughout the San Joaquin Valley for 31 years, employing many friends and family members, until Dave retired in 2017. Dave was honest, hardworking and prided himself on any job he completed, both as a business owner and in his personal life. He was a very well respected contractor and man because of it.
Later in life, he spent many years with good friends as crew chief for Good Guys Nostalgia Drag Racing. In 2005, their team won first place at the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion.
His greatest blessings were his children and three granddaughters. He spent many years coaching baseball and county line soccer throughout his children’s youth. Family time was spent camping, fishing and riding quads with his wife, children and many friends. He adores his granddaughters and loved having “the girls” over to spend time and enjoy laughs together. He always had something funny to say to them.
Dave touched many lives by his desire to teach and share his knowledge and experience with his family, friends and employees. This dedication to teaching, coaching and helping others is a testament to the great man he was, and his legacy will live on through all who loved and miss him.
Dave is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sonja Meier; son David (Rachelle) Meier and daughter Stephanie (Carlos) Gutierrez; granddaughters Krista, Lilliana and Madeline; sister-in-law Rena Meier, sister- and brother-in-law Diane (Ray) Gassaway; brothers Tim and Royal Meier; nephews and nieces.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Dave and Mary Meier; and brother Mitchell.
Celebration of life services will be announced.