August 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
David Antony Trujillo dies at 52
David Antony Trujillo, gay news, Washington Blade

David Antony Trujillo

David Antony Trujillo died at his home in Miami on July 22 of cancer according to his partner, Bobby Gaines, who was with him when he died. He was 52.

Trujillo was born Nov. 4, 1964 in Hawaii. His family moved to the Washington area after he finished high school in Texas. He graduated from Columbia University in 1986 having studied economics and psychology. He studied economics in international business at Georgetown University where he graduated in 1991.

He and Gaines met in Washington in 2000 and started dating in 2008, Gaines said. Trujillo battled cancer the last year of his life. He and Gaines, who’d become domestic partners in 2014, were planning to wed.

He died peacefully at home with his dog, Scrappy, by his side, Gaines said.

Trujillo is survived by his parents Fermin and Cristela (Cantu) Trujillo of Silver Spring, Md., brother Trini Alexander Trujillo of Hawaii, sisters Debbie Ann Young and her husband Jim of Baltimore and Jessica Leilani Eshghi and her husband Ali of Gaithersburg, Md., as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

An informal beach memorial service is being planned.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

  • Burt M

    Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with Mr. Trujillo. Would someone please explain his accomplishment(s) or notoriety which warrants his obituary appearing prominently in the Blade? Thanks.

    • Agustín Fernández

      Fortunately, I’m not familiar with Burt M. Would someone please explain why he feels his accomplishment(s) or notoriety warrant his grandiose and nasty comment during this time of bereavement about someone he does not know? Thanks.

    • lnm3921

      Wouldn’t you like your own obituary to feature prominently regardless of how petty and useless your own life might seem to others? How ironic if someone reading yours one day should say the same.

      No one compels you to read it.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      I understand that Blade obituaries include members of the greater Washington DC LGBTQ community who pass away, whether or not the person was residing in the Washington DC area at the time of death.

    • IngmarB

      I actually worked at the Blade, and any gay or lesbian individual in the Washington area can have an obituary printed in the paper. In my day (1993), it was packed with obituaries of local men who had died of AIDS.

      • Burt M

        Thanks much. A straightforward answer – all I asked for. Unlike Agustin and Inm3921 who went right for the jugular. I haven’t seen obituaries in the Blade for a long time, except for Jim Graham’s.

    • makikijoe

      Burt: You asked a reasonable question. I was wondering who he was and why his death was given an obituary like that. Since I did not know him and since the obit didn’t really indicate anything of importance that he did, I wonder what made the Blade think that the average reader would want to take note. Perhaps a friend of his works at the Blade did this as a special favor. No offense meant, but I did not need to read this obituary.

  • lnm3921

    Only 52 years old. So young and so tragic. This is why you have to make the most of life when you can!

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