He was born April 20, 1960, in Miami, Okla., to Edward Jr. and Betty Hare. A former Parsons resident, David Hare attended Kansas State University in Manhattan and earned a bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics and a doctorate in physics.
After completing post-doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Champagne, Ill., he worked for Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., until his death.
David had a variety of hobbies and interests, which illustrated his love of life. His enthusiasm for music, especially the piano, was well known among his family and friends. Whether playing a rag by Scott Joplin or a nocturne by Frederick Chopin on the piano or attending a performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the opera house, David’s zeal for music was apparent to all. David also enjoyed exploring the natural world and took his family to places of natural beauty and wonder, Acadia, Grand Teton, Glacier, Zion and Death Valley national parks to name just a few. He was an avid gardener and took particular interest in desert plants, wild roses and irises. As he became older, David also focused on making his life greener and took a number of steps to reduce his footprint on the environment. Recycling and riding a bicycle to work were two of his favorite pastimes. To become more involved with his children, he picked up basketball. He taught himself the game and enjoyed playing with his kids, neighbors and colleagues. David maintained a lifelong curiosity about the mysteries of the world and universe. He spent many an hour stargazing with his son and philosophizing about the nature of life with his family. He enjoyed tremendously socializing with friends over a few cold beers.
Survivors include his wife, Xiaorong of Pleasanton, Calif.; his two children, Edmond and Vivian, both of Pleasanton; his parents, Edward and Betty Hare of Parsons; and his siblings, Paul Hare of Pleasanton, Anne Clemens of Wichita, Karen Kluczykowski of Topeka, James Hare of St. Louis and John Hare of Kansas City, Mo.; and six nephews and two nieces.
A Celebration of Life service was May 14 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore, Calif.