David A. Timmons, 32, executive with Boy Scouts

March 27, 1998|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

David A. Timmons, a former Lutherville resident and Eagle Scout who was also a district executive with the Boy Scouts of America, died of cancer Wednesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 32 and lived in Pepperell, Mass.

Diagnosed with cancerous tumors of the esophagus in September, Mr. Timmons returned to Baltimore for treatment.

Since 1996, Mr. Timmons had been senior district executive for the Nashua Valley Council in Lancaster, Mass. His responsibilities included recruiting volunteers, training and fund raising for the 5,364-member council.

"He was an extraordinary young man. He so enjoyed working with kids," said Frank D. Penrose, council executive, who hired Mr. Timmons.

"What made him a success was his personality. His enthusiasm rubbed off on all of our volunteers," he said.

"There is a saying that goes, 'Leaders are like Eagles. They don't flock. You find them one at a time.' That could be the motto of David's life," said his father, Russell M. Timmons Sr. of Lutherville.

David Timmons was born in York, Pa., and raised in Lutherville. His interest in Scouting began as a child. His father and grandfather had both been Boy Scouts.

"He decided he wanted to do it and early on set himself on a track to accomplish it," said his father.

David Timmons was a member of Boy Scout Troop 340 in Lutherville when he decided to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

Scout leaders estimate that only about 2 percent of Boy Scouts nationally earn the Eagle rank, which requires completion of 21 merit badges in varied fields of interest, and community or church-related service projects.

He became an Eagle Scout in 1983, the same year he graduated from Towson High School.

He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Maryland College Park in 1987 and went to work for a Baltimore trucking company.

But it was Scouting that he wanted to do full time and, in 1993, Mr. Timmons joined the professional ranks as a district executive for the Baltimore Area Council's Four Rivers District.

He established a mountain biking Explorer post in the back room of an Acton, Mass., bicycle shop and another post in a local hospital for those interested in pursing a medical career.

"He had an enthusiasm that just overflowed," said Kevin LesCallette, district executive for the Baltimore Area Council.

"David Timmons always wanted to soar with Eagles. Now he can," he said. "He always aimed high, reaching for the stars and encouraging everyone he met to do the same. 'To Do the Best' is the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. He lived that way all of his life."

He was a communicant of Sacred Heart of Glyndon Roman Catholic Church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow.

Mr. Timmons also is survived by his mother, Rita Timmons of Lutherville; and two brothers, Russell M. Timmons Jr. of Glyndon and Jeffrey M. Timmons of Parkville.

Pub Date: 3/27/98

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