Dave Kimball

How can the remarkable life story of David Scot Kimball possibly be condensed into a small space? Known affectionately as Dave, he packed a century’s worth of living into his 56 years—a life tragically cut short on December 27, 2019, at his home in Elk Creek, Nebraska.

Dave was a multifaceted individual—a nuclear professional, avid traveler, prankster, and a friend to all who crossed his path. He split his time between homes in Lincoln, Elk Creek, and Mesa, AZ, embracing each location with boundless enthusiasm and ensuring those around him did the same.

Above all, he cherished his role as a father to his beloved children, Tyler and Dariane, and took immense pride in their achievements. He also found deep happiness in his relationship with his fiancée, Tammie Burns, whom he fondly referred to as “TamBurns.” Their love, described as worth the wait, filled his final years with joy.

Dave’s faith was central to his life, guiding his actions as a Christ follower who radiated kindness and generosity. Raised in a Christian household in Auburn, Nebraska, he excelled in various pursuits during his youth, from academics to athletics, leaving a lasting impression on his community. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1982 and went on to play football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers before earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Peru State College.

Beginning his career at NPPD’s Cooper Nuclear Station in 1986, Dave rose through the ranks over his 33-year tenure, culminating in his role as Director of Nuclear Oversight. His professional success paralleled his personal charisma, as he formed lasting friendships across the country while maintaining deep roots in his hometown.

Dave’s zest for life extended to his hobbies, whether riding his Harley, tackling home improvement projects, or relishing outdoor activities. He and Tammie were avid supporters of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, attending games with infectious enthusiasm that mirrored his vibrant personality.

In his passing, Dave leaves behind a legacy cherished by his family: his mother, Judy; siblings Mike, Michelle, and Lori; children Tyler and Dariane; fiancée Tammie; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends whose lives were forever touched by his genuine spirit.

As Dave often said, it’s not goodbye, but see you later. A celebration of his life will be held on January 1, 2:00 p.m. at Auburn High School, honoring a man whose impact will endure in the hearts of all who knew him.