By Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net)
LOVELAND, CO (ANS – July 2, 2017) — David Balsiger, lifelong investigative journalist, activist, photographer, speaker, best-selling author, and award-winning film producer and director, passed away at age 71 on June 27, 2017.
Born in Monroe, Wisconsin, Balsiger moved to Orange County in high school and graduated from Western High in Anaheim. He earned a bachelor’s degree from National University after attending Chapman and Pepperdine, and also received an honorary doctorate from Lincoln Memorial University, according to a media release from Balsiger Media (www.BalsigerMedia.com).
Balsiger has been a successful television producer-director, international rights consultant, advertising executive, publisher and the author of 40 major literary works including 28 nonfiction books (latest books being Abraham Lincoln: Untold Secrets from the Grave [Unpublished], Inspirational Wit and Wisdom from the Internet, The Evidence for Heaven, and Miraculous Messages.
His multimillion copy best-selling books (co-authored with the late Charles E. Sellier) In Search of Noah’s Ark and The Lincoln Conspiracy were both made into major movies of the same titles. The Lincoln Conspiracy was on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 22 weeks, reaching the #2 position, and earned him his doctorate.
He authored 40 major literary works, including 27 nonfiction books, and has been the recipient of 300 national/international film/book awards. He received numerous awards for producing and directing the TV docudramas “Heroes of Flight 93” and “George W. Bush: Faith in the Whitehouse.” The latter is in the Bush Presidential Library and the Smithsonian.
For 12 years, David was the Vice-President of Marketing and Senior Producer at Grizzly Adams Productions, producers of 500 family friendly movies, documentaries, TV specials, and series including “Ancient Secrets of the Bible” and “Encounters with the Unexplained.”
According to his company website, as president/CEO of Balsiger Media Enterprises, he was currently the Editorial Director of Wholistic Health-Wellness DIGEST. For the past three years his company’s specialty has been licensing family-friendly and faith based programming into the domestic and international TV/DVD markets in addition to representing some musicians in the entertainment world.
Grizzly Adams® Productions produced family friendly programming for the major TV networks and cable channels. Over 20 years of producing shows, Grizzly Adams has produced more than 1,200 family friendly TV specials, features, series, and episodes for TBN, NBC, CBS, PAX, Discovery, Syfy Channel, The Learning Channel, and other networks worldwide.
Dr. Balsiger’s books and TV shows have won over 300 national and international awards for journalistic, literary or production excellence. He is listed in 20 achievement directories including eight of the prestigious Marquis library directories—Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Who’s Who in Advertising, Who’s Who in Religion, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the Media and Communications, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. Balsiger was a graduate of National University in San Diego and is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Lincoln Memorial University.
Balsiger retired in 2012, but continued to consult with and mentor other filmmakers and authors. He enjoyed working with his companion Victoria managing his investment properties, her music, the Hour For Peace NoCo, and other charities.
Speaking in a media release, his assistant Judy Wood, said:”They enjoyed their dog, attending dinner theater and concerts, and feeding the birds, squirrels, and rabbits in their back yard. He also loved reading and spending time with friends and family, especially his three daughters to whom he was totally devoted. He remained an avid photographer and world traveler, most recently taking an extended trip to SE Asia.”
ANS founder, Dan Wooding, says that he worked with David for a short time when ASSIST was being founded by him and his wife, Norma.
“I would help David with some of his investigations and also do writing for him,” said Wooding. “I always found him to be thoroughly professional, but easy to work with. The Church has lost a wonderful media warrior and he will be sorely missed by many, including me.”
A devout Christian, David was active in Crossroads Fellowship and Foundations Church, both in Loveland.
He is survived by his companion Dr. Victoria Gardner of Loveland, daughters Lori Vani of Olympia, WA, Lisa Burrell and Jennifer Balsiger both of Orange County, four siblings, and three grandchildren.
Services are Friday, July 7, 2017, at Crossroads Church, 5420 N. Taft Ave., Loveland. Viewing 10:30-11:00 am, service 11:00 am, reception immediately following. Internment at Loveland Burial Park 2:00 pm.
More details are at www.BalsigerMedia.com
Photo captions: 1) Dr. David Balsiger. 2) Michael Ireland.
About the Writer: Michael Ireland is a volunteer internet journalist serving as Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as an Ordained Minister who has served with ASSIST Ministries and written for ANS since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. Please consider helping Michael cover his expenses in bringing news of the Persecuted Church, by logging-on to: https://actintl.givingfuel.com/ireland-michael
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