SSG David A. Gabler1964 ~ 2012A Force of Nature has passed from this world. SSG David A. Gabler - Warrior, Romantic, Potter, Student, Wilderness Guide died on Tuesday, Jan. 16th when his heart, so full of love for so many, for so long, ceased support of his life.David's story began in Medford, OR, where he was born. David was 12 when his family moved to Salt Lake City. He attended Alta High School, graduated from East High School and discovered the thrill of skiing the Wasatch. After high school, David joined the US Army and found his calling as a Soldier in the 82nd Airborne, 19th Special Forces Group. He was very proud of being an SF Infantryman, Sniper and Combat Medic. Once David completed his term of service, he left active duty to return to Utah and the US Army Reserves. David attended The University of Utah and took advantage of the student exchange program to attend the University of Milan and live in Italy. David graduated from The U in 1992 with a BA in Art History.The Army sent David to nursing school at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, where he achieved his LPN. David was then assigned to A CO. 1/19 SFG in Buckley WA; and later, the 396 Combat Support Hospital and the 915 Forward Surgical Team as NCOIC. In his civilian life he was a dedicated nurse to Veterans and their families at the VA Hospital in Portland OR. David claimed Portland as his Hometown and became an avid swimmer and diver. It was in the chilly waters and swift currents of the Pacific that David found challenge & peace. He became a PADI Certified Master Diver.The next challenge of David's life was deployment in service to Operation Enduring Freedom - Egypt with the C 3/160 Infantry Battalion as part of the Multinational Force and Observers for UN Peacekeeping. David separated from the Army after his deployment and followed his heart to Israel. During his time in the Holy Land, David converted to Orthodox Judaism and attended Machon Meier Institute for Jewish Studies, in Jerusalem. He married Pnina in March 2007. After they divorced, he returned to Salt Lake, and his warrior nature soon took him back to the 3/360 TSB 5th Armored Division, 1st Army in Utah.David miraculously found his way to the Utah desert where he found true serenity in the red rocks and flowering cacti. At the urging of a friend, he began working as a wilderness guide for Passages to Recovery (PTR), a wilderness-based recovery program out of Loa. As always, driven to excellence, David was challenged in learning primitive living & backcountry skills. David had a powerful gift for working with troubled young men and combining the magic of the desert with the teachings of addiction recovery.Conjointly, David was dedicated to his work with the 405th Civil Affairs Battalion where he devoted his considerable skills to training units prior to deployment in dismounted infantry tactics and combat medicine. He enjoyed the fast-paced operational tempo of the 405th and took great pride in his unit.When PTR closed, David took his field guiding skills to the high country of New Mexico to work for San Cristobal Treatment Center as the Senior Guide. It was here that David met his cherished partner and soulmate, Karen. David was planning on moving to NM & marrying his Love.David is survived by his loving mother, Diane Edmonds, of SLC; his beloved brother Todd Gabler, of Springdale UT; and two beautiful sisters, Linda Gonzales of Portland, OR and Karrie Jackson of Seattle, WA. He is also survived by many Mott Family members in Texas, California, and other great places.David's Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday January 24th at Wasatch Lawns Funeral Home. The family will be in attendance beginning at 1:00, service will start at 2:00. A reception will follow, location to be announced. David was cremated and his ashes will be scattered in the places he loved most; Israel, the San Rafael Swell and Oregon.Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made in his name to: The VFW,, or the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, .