David Greig Hurst


David Greig Hurst, 43, of Waco, Texas, peacefully passed away on Oct. 26, 2013. He was a son, a brother, a friend, a husband, but most importantly a father.

David Hurst was born in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 21, 1970. He graduated from Lamar High School and continued on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree at Emory University. He then advanced to receive his doctor of medicine at Texas Tech University and his resident in emergency medicine at the University of Kentucky. That is where he met Dana Aynes Hurst, of Columbus, Ohio, whom he married on Nov. 8, 2003.

It was from there that David started his professional career as an emergency room physician for eight years at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. His heart was in the Sandhills and his passions were hunting, golfing, baseball and skiing. David and Dana started their family in North Platte, welcoming both Audrey and Parker into their lives in 2008 and 2010.

From North Platte, David and Dana moved to Waco, Texas, where David became the emergency room physician and director of Hillcrest/Scott and White Hospital. Many describe him as compassionate, a joy to work with, a mentor and someone who always displayed a positive attitude. The stories many have shared about David will carry on as his, to be shared with David and Dana’s children and give them memories of their father that will never die.

Although some may say David lost his battle with brain cancer, many that support and love him say he won and gained. By sharing his journey, he connected more than 4,000 individuals through his story. David’s is a story that is defined with living. He showed us to not let cancer declare your life, but to let your faith and love make your life. It is believed by his family, friends and “Team Hurst” members across the country, that David is peacefully in heaven glorifying the Father he glorified on this earth.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hubert L. Pitts, Audrey Pitts-Kirkindoll, Ben Morris Hurst Jr. and Jewel C. Hurst.

David is survived by his mother and father, Ben Morris Hurst III and Carolyn Pitts Hurst, of Houston, Texas; his wife, Dana; two children, Audrey Aynesley Hurst, 5, Parker Benjamin Hurst, 3; his siblings, Charles Hurst and Kathryn Oster, of Houston, Texas; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his relatives and friends.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the David Hurst Memorial online at wepay.com/donations/14639823 or to send a check, please make payable to UBS Financial David Hurst Memorial and mail to: UBS Financial Services, PO Box 23049, Waco, TX 76702. Funds for the memorial will go to several organizations where David’s memory will be carried on, including a remission bell at the new Hillcrest Cancer Center in Waco, Texas. Online condolences may be shared at WilkirsonHatchBailey.com.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at First Baptist Church Woodway with Pastor Brady Herbert of Harris Creek Church, officiating. Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey is in charge of arrangements.