In memory of

Moises David Rivera

Sep 24, 1952
May 14, 2021


Moises David Rivera, age 69, died on Friday, May 14, 2021, in the city of Salem, Oregon, a caring and loving community.

He was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and was the youngest of two children.

From his early days in Guatemala until his move to the United States in 1974, Moises David enjoyed creating and cooking authentic Guatemalan dishes alongside his dear mother, an enjoyment that eventually prepared him for his lifelong career in the hospitality industry.  Moises David worked his way from California to New York, doing what he loved the most: being a team member of elite event planners in New York, cooking and making lifelong friends along the way.  His charming personality and broad smile allowed him to ascend to management positions and lead bartender.  Moises David's attention to detail and high standards opened the opportunities for him to become a partner in a family-owned Puerto Rican restaurant in Alhambra, California, and eventually owning his own catering business with his wife, Esther.

In 2008, Moises David and his wife, relocated to Oregon where they eventually became caregivers in an adult foster home for seniors with mental disabilities.  After caring for his brother-in-law, John, who passed away in 2017, Moises David decided to go back to what he loved doing the most: food. He worked for CDS (Club Demonstration Services) located inside the Costco Store in Salem, until his death.

Moises David was preceded in death by his parents, Eulalio Rivera and Maria Marroquin, and son, David Rafael.

Moises David is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Esther; son, Jonathan; beloved granddaughter, Victoria Alejandrina; grandsons, Matthew David and Nicolas; his forever adoring sister, Sylvia; his beautiful nieces, Twanna and Tanisha; his grandnieces, Alisha, Khadijah, Nyasia, Janay and Elizabeth; grandnephews, Vernon, Jr. and David; great grandnephews, Zakiay and Xavier; and great grandniece, Me'lanie.

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David

THE LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

The Rivera family would like to extend our gratitude to all our family and friends for their endless support and prayers.

Service Information

Funeral Service & Viewing
Tuesday May 25, 2021 1:00-3:00 PM
Johnson Funeral Home
134 Missouri Ave S Salem, OR 97302

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Nikki says:

    David you will be deeply missed. Memories of you and your loving wife will be treasured forever. Rest in the arms of our Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  2. Erica Drakes says:

    You’re in a better place now. I will always love and miss you Tio. You will never be forgotten. R.I.P

  3. Veronica Jenkins says:

    I’m so glad I went to visit when I did! David was always a gracious and amusing host, whether in a restaurant or at home. He will be missed! Precious Esther, my deepest and sincerest condolences. Love you!!!

  4. Alex and Anna Silva says:

    David and Esther are a special part of our hearts and always will be. David we will miss you and know you're with God in his arms. RIP

  5. Gloria Tirado says:

    Que su alma descanse en paz.,ya esta con nuestro creador , un fuerte abrazo de consuelo ; Estan en mis oraciones ; Rip

  6. Steve and Carmen says:

    May God bless

  7. Judith Candelario says:

    Siento mucho tú partida tan inesperada. Te voy a extrañar. Reposa en los brazos de Nuestro Padre. QEPD

  8. Cacho Family says:

    Love you Tio David. Words can't express how much we are all going to miss you. You always said the right things at the right time followed by your infectious humor. You were always dedicated to the family. Thank you for being such a wonderful father, uncle and friend. You will be missed. Love you.
    Cacho Family

  9. Sam Robles says:

    David will forever be in our hearts your brother in law Sam

  10. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with his arrangements.

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