Posted by: thedianestory | June 11, 2012

In Memory of David Tarter

Friday night June 8, 2012 started out like any other Friday night for me. I was going to the Sprint Car races at Silver Dollar Speedway. Little did I know as I was arriving a devastating accident was taking place.

While prepping his car for the King of the West race that evening, David Tarter was hit in the face by an exploding tire. The injuries were fatal. Within two hours of the accident we got word that David had died.

I was sitting in the grand stands when I first heard the announcement that it was David who had been involved in the accident. At that time the announcer had not gotten word that he had died. I have friends who work in the pits at the track so I quickly texted them and asked if they knew details of the accident. They texted me back saying they just got word he had passed away.

I was in shock. David is 30 years old, like me. We grew up together; Had every grade level together in elementary school. Then of course continued at the same schools for junior and senior high, occasionally having classes together. Then the past two years his involvement in Sprint Car Racing increased and it’s been so fun cheering him on at the speedway.


I can hardly believe he’s gone. I’m so sad that this Friday instead of watching him race, I will be standing for a moment of silence as a memorial lap around the track takes place in his honor. His presence will be missed and never forgotten.

Since his tragic passing Friday evening it has become clear to everyone just how many lives he touched. People from all different circles of life knew David, loved David, and are devastated that he is gone. But though he is gone from this physical world, he will live on in our hearts forever.

David Tarter – you will be missed greatly but we will never, ever forget you. Thanks for the memories.


Here is the link to a newspaper article regarding the accident and plans to honor him in memory:

Chico ER – David Tarter



  1. So sad! Too young! Are you going to attend the funeral?

  2. That was very well written. So sorry he is gone. We just never know when that time is going to be.

  3. you wrote that very well. the pic of david u put up is prefect. i printed that pic and framed it on my wall in the front room.

    • Thanks so much. Glad you were able to print the pic.

  4. What a lovely tribute to your dear friend. I know you hurt so much, sweetie, as does your mama.
    I love you and still pray for healing for his family, friends and loved ones, including you two. 😥

    • Thanks so much Shelley. Yes, this one was just so close to home. Still just doesn’t seem right without him. Love you.

  5. So sad. You just never know how much time we have here on this earth. Live each day as your last and enjoy. Life is to short. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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