NEWARK — Father David M. Orians, 57, of Newark died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at 5:40 p.m. in Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark.
He was born Sunday, Aug. 24, 1952, in Findlay, the son of the late Virgil W. and Monica P. (Mitten) Orians.
He is survived by a sister, Barbara Morton-Colwell, Tiffin; a brother, Father Thomas Orians, Newark N.J.; a nephew, Matthew (Kimberly) Morton in Clyde; and two great-nephews.
Prior to Fr. David’s ordination on June 6, 1985, he was assistant director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Seneca County. He was a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at St. Joseph’s in Tiffin, regional reporter for the Advertiser-Tribune in Tiffin, and Seneca County coordinator for the state of Ohio Golden Buckeye Program.
Fr. David served many parishes throughout South Dakota. He served as deacon in Lead, pastoral administrator in Edgemont/Ardmore, pastor in MacIntosh/Morristown/Wautauga, associate pastor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pastor in Belle Fourche/Newell/Mud Butte, associate pastor at Blessed Sacrament in Rapid City, all in South Dakota. He was associate pastor at St. Vincent de Paul in Mount Vernon and St. Francis Xavier in Newark, both in Ohio.
He was very active in the Knights of Columbus. He was chaplain of the K of C Council Fr. Bill Johnson 11665 in Newark, Faithful Friar K of C of Columbus Bishop Michael J. Ready Assembly 830, and was Diocese of Columbus K of C Priest of the Year.
Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey, Ohio. A rosary service will be held Friday, Oct. 30, at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. with the Most Reverend James A. Griffin serving as celebrant and Father Thomas Orians serving as homilist. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Salem Township, Ohio.
Contributions may be made to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Seneca County, c/o Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey, OH 43316. Online condolences may be sent to StombaughBatton.com.