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"Pillar of community" David Toombs dies

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David Toombs lived his life by a few principles. He worked hard and he gave back to his community. He didn’t expect a lot of fanfare for his effort. It was just the right thing to do.

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As president of The First State Bank of Rosemount, Toombs employed those principles daily as he led one of Rosemount’s oldest institutions. He died June 23 at the age of 79. As his family goes forward without him, his son Mark Toombs said they plan to carry on David's legacy of good business and philanthropy.

“His philosophy was … give to the community because it’s the right thing to do. He also felt like you couldn’t run a business in a community and expect the residents to support you if you didn’t support them,” Mark said of his father.

David is survived by his wife, Barbara. The couple have been married 52 years and worked side by side at the bank. He also leaves behind his children Michael (Marcia), Gregory (Nancy), James (Julie), Mark (Melissa), Amy (William) Murphy and Sarah (Chad) Peterson; 14 grandchildren; and 6 great-grand-children. Most of his children work at the bank.

A lifelong Rosemount resident, David worked for the bank for 61 years. The Toombs family has owned The First State Bank of Rosemount since 1949. His only departure from the bank business was when he served in the Army from 1957 to 1959.

David had a tremendous work ethic and worked every day until March 2014, when he underwent surgery.  In later years, though, Mark said when the Minnesota Twins were playing in the afternoon, David would take a few hours to watch the games. He was an avid fan of all Minnesota sports teams.

“He instilled in us kids a pretty good work ethic,” said Mark.

Mark said his father was proud of Rosemount and his heritage in the community. The list of contributions that David made to Rosemount is long.

An avid sports fan, David supported youth athletics, especially when his children were young. He helped get the Rosemount Area Hockey Association started more than 30 years ago.

He also saw value in fostering a sense of community, and so The First State Bank sponsors community events including Leprechaun Days and the Haunted Woods Trail. He also believed in supporting education. In particular, the bank gives scholarships to Rosemount High School graduates, among other contributions.

Most recently, Mark said, David and Barbara have enjoyed working with the Rosemount Area Arts Council to bring more arts opportunities to Rosemount.

RAAC president Jeanne Schwartz called David a “pillar of the community” during a recent RAAC event.

A public visitation will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at White Funeral Home in Apple Valley. A private service will be held Thursday.

Mark said David will be interred at Acacia Park Cemetery in Mendota Heights near his parents, Ralph and Louise Toombs.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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