David Little ’56 thoroughly enjoyed the years he spent attending Santa Clara. He proposed to the love of his life, Paula Plank—who was attending Dominican University—on campus in 1956. David’s passion for golf was honed as a member of the SCU golf team and he actively played golf through his mid-80s. He was a 68-year member and a former president at Cherry Hills Country Club.
Prior practicing law, David was president of Cottrell Clothing Company, a family owned business. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver and began his legal career in 1959 as a deputy district attorney for the city of Denver prior to forming the law firm Montgomery and Little in 1965. As an accomplished attorney, David was highly respected for his ethics and commitment to the law leading to numerous awards and accolades, including the Denver Bar Association’s Award of Merit in 2015, the Colorado Bar Association’s Award of Merit in 2011, and the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. A consummate professional and exceptionally humble person, David’s many talents included being an author, speaking at national conferences, and being a mentor and advisor on many boards.
David had a deep love for music and was an accomplished musician. He helped form the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society, where he began the annual Bluegrass Music Festival in the early 1970s. He was inducted into the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society Hall of Fame in 2018. David was an active member of the Most Precious Blood choir for the last 25 years of his life.
David died on September 25, 2020, at his family home of over 80 years in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. He is survived by his five children, 11 grandchildren, two great-grandsons, and dozens of cousins, nieces and nephews.