The Rev. David L. Coblentz of Middletown, Md., was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at the age of 58.
He was predeceased by his mother, Thelma Swomley Coblentz; stepmother, Vilma Blasko Coblentz; and several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Coblentz; father, Walter Coblentz; two brothers and their wives, Mark and Joanie Coblentz, and Eric and Patty Coblentz; a stepsister and her husband, Kenneth and Joanne Byrnes; two stepbrothers and their wives, Daniel and Paulette Blasko and Joseph and Cindy Blasko; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lois Brinkley, Janie and Stefan Nalborczyk Sr., and Sandra and William Stephens; nieces, Elizabeth Chisholm and Erica Coblentz; nephews, Andrew Coblentz, Ethan Coblentz and Evan Coblentz; niece-in-law, Margaret Coates; nephews-in-law, Ludwig Heubisch, Herbert Heubisch, Stefan Nalborczyk Jr., Joseph Nalborczyk, David Nalborczyk, Lee Stephens, Les Stephens and Frankie Stephens; stepnieces, Carol Hickey, Meghan Concepcion and Jill Alexander; stepnephews, Charles Hickey, Joseph Blasko, Brian Blasko and Timothy Blasko; several great-nieces and great-nephews, great-great-nephews and great-great-nieces; Uncle Austin Coblentz; and Aunt Doris Coblentz.
Dave graduated from Arundel High School, received a B.S. in management and marketing from the University of Maryland, a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Southern Seminary, and was working on a doctorate in biblical counseling from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary.
David was the former pastor of Greenbrier Baptist Church in Boonsboro, Md., from 1995 to 2010, and chaplain from 2010 to present. He was ordained into the ministry by Greenbrier Baptist Church. He served as deacon at South End Baptist Church for several years before being licensed as a minister by South End Baptist Church. He loved Jesus, loved working for his Lord and was deeply committed to the Great Commission. He was involved in many ministries, such as Sunday school teacher, visiting prisoners and foreign sailors in port at Baltimore, truck stop ministry, youth ministry, nursing home ministry and Appalachian mission trips. In all things he gave God the glory.
Prior to becoming a pastor, Dave worked in various jobs and ministries, which prepared him well for the pastorate. He was an orderly in Frederick Memorial Hospital, a 911 dispatcher for Frederick County when it was just one phone and a couple of operators, a tenant farmer, assistant manager at McDonald’s and other food-service companies, a turnkey in the Frederick jail, life insurance salesman, and water and sewer products salesman at General Engineering Co.
For the past few years, he served as a volunteer chaplain for the Middletown Valley Fire Company (MVFC), fire chaplain for the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (FCVF&RA), assistant chaplain for the Maryland State Firemen’s Association and president of the Everett Gaver Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters.
As a member of the MVFC for 37 years, Dave served the community as a firefighter and emergency medical technician, and had the joy of delivering five babies. He was given the FCVF&RA Hall of Fame award, FCVF&RA Heart of a Volunteer award, MVFC Life Member award and MVFC Everett W. Gaver Memorial Award. He is a founding member of the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Museum.
He loved singing, fishing, photography, baseball, basketball, bowling, reading the Bible and other Christian literature, traveling and socializing with his many friends.
Dave was in the Boy Scouts and the Little League, and received sportsmanship awards. He was on “Bowling Fun” TV show in 1968 and won the trophy.
Everyone who knew Dave from a small child always thought he was a really nice person and during his illnesses, people would tell him he was a wonderful, sweet man and a pleasure to be around. Many people would say he helped them with his kind words of comfort and advice, and that it was easy to talk to him.
Through all his health struggles, he remained positive and hopeful. Many times people with serious health issues would tell him that he was an inspiration and gave them hope. He will be greatly missed, but we are comforted that he is in the everlasting arms of Jesus.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Md.
A memorial service will be conducted by the fire service today at 8 p.m. The funeral service will be at South End Baptist Church, 506 Carrollton Drive, Frederick, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The funeral service will be officiated by the Rev. Kenneth Stalls of South End Baptist Church. Pallbearers are Clarence “Chip” Jewell, Richard Alexander, Dwight Koogle, Steve Leatherman, John “Jody” Yee and Richard Toms Jr.
Interment will be at Christ Reformed Church Cemetery in Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Middletown Valley Fire Co. Building Fund, 13 S. Church St., P.O. Box 322, Middletown, MD 21769; or to the Southern Baptist Convention missionaries at www.sbc.net.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.