David “Big Dave” Wayne Lissman, 57, of Pasadena, left this earth to find the golden race track in Heaven on Monday, May 14, 2018 after complications from pneumonia. David was born in Youngstown, OH on September 27, 1960, to Jack and Mary Francis Lissman. David grew up on the family farm in Salem, OH where he learned what “hard work” really meant. In 1979, David graduated from Mahoning Columbiana County Trade High School with a degree in welding. Shortly after graduating, David moved to Houston, TX to work for Metro as a body fabrication specialist. He was going to retire in February after working for Metro for 37 years.
Shortly after moving to Houston, David began racing cars with friends. They traveled around the United States racing for several years. David fixed up a 79 Nova and made it the “Pork Chop Express”. This past winter his Texas “parents and brother”, Eddie, Stacy and John, rebuilt Pork Chop Express which David was able to race one time before he got sick. David loved working on his car making sure it was ready for racing.
David was looking forward to retirement, so he could get the property ready to build a house and shop in Alvin.
David was preceded in death by his grandparents and father in law, John Vandervort.
He is survived by his wife, Gaye Vandervort-Lissman and step-daughter, Joanna McDaniel; parents, Jack and Mary Francis Lissman; brother and wife, Donald and Angie; brother and wife, Daniel and Kathy; niece, Katie and husband Matthew and their children Leah, Alexis, and Hunter; mother in law, Ruth Leach Vandervort; brother in law and wife, Jeff and Jeanne Vandervort and their children Kirby, Cameron, and Hanna. He also leaves behind many Texas friends that became his family and his furry friend, Sam the Dog.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. with a memorial service to follow at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Mark Hughes officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations made in David’s memory to the following organizations: Drag Racing Association of Women Donate or Racers for Christ.
Condolences may be sent to the Lissman family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.