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I was not fortunate enough to have the privilege of knowing radioPooh, David, on a personal level. However, I did witness his love, passion, and dedication to deviantART and as such I have felt moved in a profound way to post this for him. My heart pours out to his wife, Maenod; family, and friends.

The following is what a few friends had to say of David:

When I first met David - he was slapping me on the wrists for saying a stock DD was "beautiful all on it's own". He asked me "So does stock have to automatically be a throwback photograph not worthy of standing on it's own?"

I wrote him a note saying I agreed and in turn he opened my eyes to how important good resources are to ANY artist.

From that day forward we spoke almost daily about life and loves and art and of course dA.

He and I joined forces to be the stock gallery directors a few years back. It was difficult....especially considering how frowned upon it was to give a stock image a DD back in the day (the masses can definitely get ugly). David taught me how to listen. He made me realize that pleasing everyone was not what life is about. Being true to yourself and your own moral compass is what matters.


I felt he was under appreciated.
I still do.
That being said - I hope everyone on this site takes a look at his gallery. Making sure his efforts on dA were finally recognized has become my mission.

David was a family man.
David was a poet.
David was a photographer.
But most importantly....
David was David.
And those who knew him ADORED him for being just that.

dA will never feel the same for me.
I loved him more than anyone really knew.
David was not a name on my computer screen....

He was my good friend David. My sweetpea.
My partner in stocky crime ;)

I am shattered that his love and wisdom will no longer be expressed on my works and my notes..I am heartbroken that his sparkling magical presence has left us...not just on dA but in general.
Rest in peace sweetpea.
  

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I first met David back in 2005, shortly after I joined dA. He was the Gallery Director for stock images and I suggested a DD which he featured. I always loved reading his journals - his stories of being a child preacher, of his work with the rescue service and of his unique and beautiful outlook on life. We talked about spirituality, philosophy, poetry and the joys of peeing off the porch in the morning. Every time I hear hello darkness, my old friend, I will remember his stories and feel blessed to have known him.


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I first encountered radioPooh when I started to provide stock on dA. He was patient and kind and always available to talk too. He took your comments and suggestions into mind and tried to keep everyone as happy as he could. His passion for stock and for dA as a whole was plain to see, he was dedicated and loved the community on such a high level.
His submissions were always a joy to discover, often the description was more thought provoking than the actual image! He would say things that made you think and sometimes show an insight into his life.
He was a great guy and it is very upsetting that he has gone from us, I hope his family will know how many lives he touched and brought a bit of magic to. :heart:


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Dave is one of the most unique and amazing individuals i have ever had the pleasure to meet. i will never forget him showing up to the summit, like some flashback to the Haight Ashbury district circa 1967. Tie-dyed shirt, pipe cleaners in his hair and a smile that was genuinely infectious.

His commentary was always insightful and usually hilarious. The guy definitely had his own opinions and a distinct voice. i will remember him fondly and happily for the truly unique spirit he is.

Sleep well and make your hereafter a more enjoyable and absurd place for everyone you are with.

"So what if i'm a boy who likes to play with dolls / That does not make me Gay It makes me God" radioPooh
- lolly


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He had an honest and sincere need to wonder and wander. His spiritual and artistic exploration was inspiring to many, myself included. He helped me ask questions about the nature of the world I live in and helped me take no answer for granted.

When I was perhaps too critical he would encourage me to step back and breathe, when I was wearing blinders he would help me see things more clearly. To be honest it is still hard to imagine a life without him but I know it is a better life for having had him in it.


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Of all the people I have met in my 50 years, David Felts, better known as Radiopooh on here, was one of the most interesting. But, more than that, he was the best friend I ever had. He will be missed. I will remember his inspiration, his support, how he pushed me to think outside the box, how he cared. DeviantART will not be the same without him.


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you lived and now you're free,
left 1000 stories to read.
Whisper them to the trees
in a house covered with leaves.
Now you are free.

Born in the ground,
raised with the circus.
Say it's quite profound
to soothe the wars within us.
Now you are free.

1000 stories I'll read
throw them out to the sea.
bury them in the leaves
so someone can find them in spring.

Now you are free.
you lived and now you're free.


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David Kirk Felts

October 21, 1956 - January 15, 2011

May His Beautiful Soul Rest In Blissful Peace
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:iconjojo22:
jojo22 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So sad to hear my old friend passed away.  I wondered what had happened to him. :(  RIP David.
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Keizie Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
Why is his account deactivated? ;_;
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PurpelBlur Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
My apologies for the severe delay in this response! :doh:

I could only suppose that it was too hard for his loved ones :shrug:
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surfingthechaos Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. I would like to know that too
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PurpelBlur Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
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darkdoomer Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
damn... i knew him well, he was a really friendly and motivating person. i have been wondering why his account was deactivated and decided to search further about what happened.

i'll never thank him enough for how radio was involved in the community...
we miss people like you; man !
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thomcomstock Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You were a beautiful animal. I knew it and I loved you and yet I took it for granted that you would be here too next week and next month...

You were truly the most interesting, open-minded, romantic and warm-hearted, but practical and intelligent (an opinion based mostly upon how much you agreed with me) of my close friends here on DA.

I miss you more for what I did not know of your thoughts and feelings and causes and pain. I am truly regretful that in my burning rush to love and learn and live I neglected to linger for long close to your hearth.

I will blow a kiss to the wind whenever your goofy, lovable face enters my thoughts and my heart.

Fare Well, my good friend.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
We "met" on dA via our mutual admiration of Disney. That seems to be the way I've met a lot of deviants. I'm just grateful he was able to share part of his life with dA. He will be missed :sadangel:
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33M Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I first started here on DA, I couldn't pay anyone to view my work
and soon we found each other over some piece one of us had done, and that is when
I learned that the DA community is not just about pretty pictures or awesome poems,
superb manips, fractals, animations, literature or landscapes.
The Community is about the artist who is standing behind all these pieces,
artists who are human beings who may suffer with self doubt, family problems,
money problems and the whole host of difficulties that plague mankind, but who
still manage to grace us all with beautiful superb art. David taught me with
his own patience and honesty to look deeper into the persona of the man or
woman who submits their work to Deviant Art and that will be Davids continuing legacy here.

Everytime I posted a photo of my AlienBaby he would comment that he believed he
was dropped off here on earth by the Mothership and was waiting, waiting, waiting
to be picked up and taken back to where he really belonged...
I believe in my heart of hearts, that he finally got his wish...

RIP My Friend

M
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thomcomstock Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well said. A great lesson.
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ChaosFay Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
He and I spoke every three or four days on FB and he was a frequent purchaser of my work. I had wondered why he suddenly went silent and hoped it was because he was just busy working. I found out only today about his passing away. Now I pray he has found the inner peace he was seeking and in his own way can share his love of life with us now. I hope that when I pass that I encounter his spirit again. He will always be remembered...
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Photographer
:heart:
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1121113 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
rest in peace..
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zeruch Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Rest in Peace David.
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Michaeldavitt Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Writer
Sorry you had to leave , on that never ending journey..
may god hold you in his grace, while you dance in that etheral light to a different drum
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
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mistoflight Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful tribute. May he rest in peace. :blackrose:
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Maiumaora Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just too beautiful for words...
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Mr0Crocky Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
I think that's the most tender, beautiful and full of love dedication I have ever read for now.
I didn't have the pleasure to meet and know him, but only with reading that I can know he was some type of angel. His tenderness and sweet heart have reached me with this text made by other users. I'm sure his family really loved him, and he will be very missed by all his relatives and friends.

And the best of all is that one of his works, "We are all Broken", is a DD right now.
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owlcoholik Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
He sounds like a beautiful person, shame I never crossed paths with him.
May he rest in peace.
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07-Ghost8 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
he will be missed by man *prays*
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RockstarGenie94 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Wonderful tribute to him. He will be missed. :rose:
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Never met him on DA but wish I had. Nice tribute to what sounds like an awesome guy. :(

RIP David :rose::blackrose::iconradiopooh::blackrose::rose:
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kheperbleu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student General Artist
you are truly bless to have known him. i wish i had the chance to. :heart:
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kheperbleu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student General Artist
blessed* >________>
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Tepara Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I hadnt talked to him in a while. Cause he hadnt been around, now I know why :(
He was, and still is a great man. A little strange sometimes :nana: But a great man with a huge heart who didnt like to be hugged :P So of respect for him I will not leave any hugs in this message. Just a :heart: which he always excepted from me, and gave just as much back :heart: R.I.P my friend!
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
"So what if i'm a boy who likes to play with dolls / That does not make me Gay It makes me God"

I like the logic behind that. :nod:
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Tepara Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats what rp said all the time :aww:
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love that quote, it's stuck in my mind now. :XD:
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Tepara Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: Its been stuck in mine for the past 5 years I havent known him :aww:
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:XD:

Oh, and cute icon by the way. :love:
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Tepara Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :aww: Its one of the original dA icons made :)
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Really? I didn't know they made icons.:o Looks like I missed out on the good days of dA. :XD:
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Tepara Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
No, dA its self didnt. They where made by someone who was part of the staff at the time. He made them only for some people. Now a days you see a heck of a lot of them around, but they arnt the "real" ones hehe.
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May he live on in Heaven- hopefully, with stock-photo clouds. :aww:
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
hopefully, with stock-photo clouds. :aww:

Lol, sorry, I thought that was cute. :meow:
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:icontheoriginalhappydais:
No worries. ^^
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Nicolas-PX Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He was my first friend on DA........ I stopped talking to him after I left, I feel so bad now that I couldnt have talked to him
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
I found his online obit if anyone wants to go and leave comments [link]
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Vaniglia-chan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student General Artist
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OneFreeInternet Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:/ I had no idea. I knew him from dA soon after I joined and, wow. I'm sort of shocked but definitely very sad. RIP, you were an inspiration in many ways.
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doodlemancy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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I hope those who knew him also find some comfort.
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erisama Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I didn't know this...
:iconwhiteroseplz: RIP :rose::rose:
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Skystalker Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
These articles always make me sad....because great people have been lost. :( But at the same time, they make me happy in the gathering of so many caring, compassionate people, who come together to ease any pain and fondly remember the fallen.

:blackrose: Rest In Peace. :blackrose:
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lolzz96 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Rest in peace =( :blackrose:
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dskphotography Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
incredibly sad. seems like he was a pretty great guy
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pulbern Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:love:
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011   General Artist
:rose:
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cetaceapsittacine67 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
:iconwhiteroseplz: :rose: :heart: Rest in peace. :heart: :rose: :iconwhiteroseplz:
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