David Burch was such a kind and talented man.
On Tuesday, we learned that our family friend died earlier in the day, just 11 days short of his 50th birthday.
His wife, Christina Burch, posted the sad news on Facebook, and by the end of the day, there were more than 400 comments of condolences to the family.
David Burch was a husband and father of three daughters, AnnaMarie, who got married a year ago; MaryClare, who graduated Noblesville High School last year; and EvelynRose, an eighth-grader at Noblesville East Middle School.
Many of you know Christina, his wife of 23 years, as a graduate of Noblesville High School, where she greets visitors as a secretary at the high school’s main office.
We got to know the family through The Belfry Theatre, where the family acted on stage, the girls in many of The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players youth productions, for which Christina volunteered as a backstage mom.
David Burch was in community theater both on and off stage for 30 years. And before that in Michigan City, where he was born, David played the lead role of Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman with five daughters, in his Elston High School stage musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.” But according to Elston’s old Crimson Comet yearbook, David had major roles in eight productions at the Dunes Summer Theatre and at Footlight Players, both in Michigan City. He also served as stage manager and light operator at the Dunes. At Elston, he was a member of the National Honor Society, the Academic Team and treasurer for the Science Club, according to the Crimson Comet, which also mentioned that David had plans to attend Purdue University’s School of Humanities, “perhaps to pursue a theatrical career.”
He ended up studying at Purdue and also Butler but became an electrical engineer.
David had been involved at The Belfry since 2006, when he appeared in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” directed by Karla Ries.
I remember David Burch played one of his most believable roles in “To Kill A Mockingbird,” directed by Carla Crandall in June 2014. “David Burch is sufficiently repulsive as Bob Ewell, the loathsome man who accuses black townsman Tom Robinson of beating and molesting his daughter, Mayella Ewell,” local theater reviewer Ken Klingenmeier blogged about the show.
Yes, David Burch was an amazing, believable, lovable and despicable actor, depending on the need, and one who “elevated every show we were in together,” Noblesville’s Daniel Shock posted on his Facebook page. The two acted on stage together in the November 2015 family friendly production of “A Christmas Carol The Musical,” directed by Ryan Shelton at The Belfry. Daniel Shock, as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, and David Burch as the Ghost of Christmas Present, seemed to be at ease tap dancing as they broke out in song and dance together on the small Belfry stage. I still have a memorable video on my cell phone of them dancing together during dress rehearsals.
David Burch was also Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors with the Improbable Fiction Theatre Co. at the CAT in Carmel; I didn’t see this play although I know that David Burch played the long lost twin of Daniel Shock’s character.
David Burch and youngest daughter, EvelynRose, were together on stage most recently in The Belfry’s 2018 holiday play, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which I produced with director Sam Brown and assistant director Nancy Lafferty. David Burch portrayed Pop Bailey, George Bailey’s kindly father who ran the Bailey Building and Loan; and also portrayed Nick the bartender. In the playbill, David Burch thanked the director but also Christina “for her constant love and support.” EvelynRose, who played Young Violet, was then in her seventh theater production.
It was just a week ago that Christina Burch thanked her friends for prayers and support. After a “long” five-year battle with Stage IV colon metastasized cancer, with severe liver damage, her husband would progress to hospice care, with no more treatments.
David was kind, funny and smart. He was loyal, thoughtful and genuine. May all of the happy memories that he brought to his family and to those around him be remembered always.

Services will be private with a Celebration of Life planned for a future date. Read David Burch’s obituary in today’s edition of The Times. -Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.