David J. Orrison

David Jon Orrison, a self-taught, hardworking, and extremely dedicated carpenter, died Thursday, December 20, 2018 with his family by his side. David, 77, of Potterville, was born November 15, 1941, in Marshall to Guilford and Dorothy (Sipe) Orrison. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1959. Following high school, David created David J. Orrison Inc. David married Marilyn Anne Bartlett on June 30, 1979, and they would spend the next 39 years together creating their legacy. His biggest passion in life was his carpentry work. He loved doing woodwork, remodeling old homes, and most importantly doing trim work. David has done trim work throughout the entire state, for large companies and small, but each job meant so much to him. When David was not working with wood he enjoyed, feeding the birds, watching the wildlife on his property, watching the Michigan State Spartans, golfing, and traveling with his wife, Marilyn. Attending his grandchildren’s sporting events also meant so much to David. Even if the event was out of state, he could be found in the stands.    

David is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Jason Smith, Jennifer (Juan) Mena, Michelle Smith, Melissa Alvarado, David Jon Orrison Jr., and Melissa Jo; grandchildren, Benjamin, Adam, Elisabeth, William, Robert, Juan, Bonifacio, Casey, and Josie; great-granddaughter, Emmalee; siblings, Donna Gutchess, Janet (Ken) Embury, Michael (Connie) Orrison. 

David was predeceased by his parents and daughter, Karen Orrison.  

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of David on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.