To our members, associates, and friends,

It is with extreme sadness I announce the passing of David Orozco, Associate AIA on Sunday night, May 13th.

We found out through Steve Cox, AIA that on last Thursday evening while David and his son-in-law, Prem, were traveling south on 101 they were involved in a very serious auto accident. David’s injuries were too severe for him to survive.

David was an amazing colleague and friend to all of us at AIA Silicon Valley. As a Director on the Board, his commitment and caring for the chapter was welcomed and we thank him for his contributions to make the Chapter great. We will miss David’s commitment to the community, his drive to succeed, and his presence at our Board of Directors meetings.

In sharing thoughts by Steve Cox: David has been an integral part of the HPC leadership for a long time. A friend and loyal employee of 20 years. He was a mentor to the staff. He will be deeply missed by all of us. We will forever remember his willingness to jump in a get a job or task completed. He was an outstanding designer and manager of people. He was one of the most generous and resourceful people I have ever met. He always had a smile on his face and he loved to laugh.

David will be deeply missed.

The Chapter is working on a way of remembering David, and we will provide an announcement soon with more details. Below you will find service details followed by a brief obituary.


Michael Dern, AIA
President of AIA Silicon Valley


David Alberto Orozco age 53 passed away at Regional Medical Hospital on May 13, 2018. David was born May 27, 1964 in Deming, New Mexico to Juan Ignacio Orozco and Emma Grijalva. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School where he played on the Varsity tennis team and was voted “The best dressed” by his senior class. He lived up to that standard all his life.

David graduated from Cal Poly in 1988 with an Architectural degree and studied abroad for a year in 1989 in London, returning in 1990. David worked as an architect at HPC Architecture for 20+ years and was a mentor to most of the staff. David is survived by his wife Matty who he began his union with in 2010 and eventually married on Feb. 24, 2014. His children Natalie, Andrew, step children Cynthia, Prem, Nicholas, Jay, Michael and Tommy. His grandchildren Jacob, Olivia, Nathaniel, and Penelope. His mother Emma and brothers, Marco, Alex, Albert, and Arnold, sisters, Veronica, Rebecca and Marissa.

David was larger than life with a contagious personality and smile. He touched so many lives and had friends all over the world, some from school but mostly from his love of VW’s. Whoever had the privilege of being part of his life knew he was a keeper. David had an eye for detail and took pride in everything he did. He was a very happy, sharp, funny, clever, resourceful, loving, but most of all generous man and we were all lucky to be part of his life. He will forever be in our hearts and missed immensely.

Memorial services will be on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 11:00 am at Family Life Christian Center, located at 801 Hellyer Avenue, San Jose 95111. A committal service will take place, after the Memorial Service, 12:00 PM at Oak Hill Memorial Park, 300 Curtner Ave. San Jose, CA 95125. A reception will follow the services, back at Family Life Christian Center 801 Hellyer Ave. San Jose, CA 95111

Please send flowers or remembrance gifts to Family Life Christian Center 801 Hellyer Ave, San Jose, CA 95111.

Family Life Christian Center has graciously and generously allowed the use of their chapel and reception-hall at no charge. We’d like to set up an offering for the church, during the service, as a thank you.

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