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David Scott Graham
October 26, 1953 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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David Scott Graham, DC passed away on Friday, February 2, 2024, as he arrived at the Four Seasons Hospice Center, The Elizabeth House, in Flat Rock, NC. He was 70 years old at the time of his death and a resident of Alexander, NC. David was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in January 2021. He considered himself lucky to have a terminal disease for which there was no cure, this offered him the gift of not second-guessing his treatment options. His diagnosis released him to let go and appreciate the things in life that truly mattered. He had the gift of time and he used it wisely, telling everyone he knew how much they meant to him and that he loved them. He cherished each moment and found joy in the mundane.
David was born October 26, 1953, in Vineland, NJ to Virginia Alice McDonald Graham and Kenneth George Graham. During his grade school years, he served as a crossing guard, was a member of the DeMolay International Society, and held a paper boy route for four years. It was during this job that he developed a love for riding a bicycle. This passion lasted the remainder of his life, eventually using an electric bike with his dog and dog trailer in tow so that he could ride with his oxygen tanks attached after diagnosis.
David graduated from Vineland High School in 1971. He then attended Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture as an undergraduate student from 1971-1974, studying ornamental horticulture and agronomy. He spent a summer working for Rutgers University in the crop sciences field before entering graduate school. He entered the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, IL in 1974 and graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1978. He spent several years working in other chiropractic offices (Fogelsville, PA—1979 and Somerset, NJ—1979-1983) after graduation before opening a practice in NC.
David moved to Asheville, NC in1983 and established a private practice on Merrimon Ave, at the corner of Eloise St, next door to JD Jackson Realty. He remained at that location until the practice relocated into the River Arts District in 2007. He retired in August 2023 after serving for 45 years as a Chiropractic Physician. He felt blessed to have Matthew Glynn, DC take over his practice and continue the legacy that he worked so diligently to create during his lifetime. He was a member of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association during his time in NC. David was a lifelong learner and pursued advanced studies in Acupuncture and Applied Kinesiology, attaining the advanced standing as a practitioner of the Quintessentials of Applied Kinesiology as taught by Wally Schmitt, DC.
His greatest gift as a chiropractor was his ability to discern the highest priority when working with a patient. This discernment included knowing when the skills he offered were not a good fit. He provided each patient with love and wisdom, often disguised as humor. He could often redirect an individual’s way of looking at things and help them gain a new perspective with the situation at hand. He loved his patients, and they loved him. He also was deeply grateful for the close nit group of Asheville area chiropractors that he considered family. They contributed to his professional and personal happiness and success as a chiropractic physician.
David enjoyed an active outdoor life. His hobbies included gardening, road and mountain biking, hiking—especially with his dog, camping, and traveling to beautiful environments in nature. He loved spending time with friends, eating, and laughing. David was an avid reader, being most interested in topics involving history and science fiction. He spent the last month of his life reading The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul by Anne Baring. He continually said that this was the book he had been searching for over the past 50 years. He thought everyone should read it.
Survivors include his wife, Tiffany Hall of Alexander, NC (and their dog Finn and kitty Papaya), his children Laura Graham and her fiancé Andrew Strauss of Asheville, NC, his son Keenan Graham of San Francisco, CA, his former spouse, Sharon LaMotte of Greenville, SC, his brother Ken and his wife Marlene Graham of Pughtown, PA and their children and grandchildren, and his sister Diane McMahon of Palm Springs, CA and her children and grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his mother Virginia Alice McDonald Graham and Kenneth George Graham.
David had requested no service be held, he wanted people to celebrate his life, not his death. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. His prayer for each of us as we move forward was “This or something better”. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to Asheville on Bikes @ https://ashevilleonbikes.com/