David Whitcombe was my uncle and the kooky math teacher at Rifle High School from 1999 to 2010. Besides math, he taught computer repair, English, and would substitute in language arts or history when occasion demanded (sometimes even with middle schoolers! yikes!). He passed away unexpectedly (and far too young), but peacefully and surrounded by his family and friends, on June 19, 2019.
The best thing David ever did was teach high school. He was never prouder than when students would come up to him and call him “Mr. Whitcombe,” or when a former student would send him a postcard acknowledging that, yes, after high school, a knowledge of math had indeed come in handy. He did many things after leaving his teaching position, but nothing meant as much to him as being able to explain a complicated concept (fractions! negative numbers!) to a confused 11th grader and to see the light dawn.
David was beloved by his students and managed to accomplish one of the hardest things a person can do: making high school students care about math. One of his last wishes was to establish an “amazing, awesome” (his words) scholarship at Rifle High School. And contributions made via this campaign will be used to help accomplish this.
If your life was touched by David, and you would like to see a little bit of his light live on and continue helping students at RHS like he was always meant to do, please consider donating and share this with your friends and neighbors.