David Lloyd Backlin was called home on April 9, 2023.
David loved the freedom of the open road. He loved finding and photographing old bridges and highways that everyone else had forgotten. He had a deep knowledge of the roadways and byways of Arkansas and loved to share this with others. He contributed to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas and other local history groups.
For many years, David played in the Society for Creative Anachronism, where he had many friends.
David was quiet, kind, loyal, and thoughtful. He loved animals, especially cats and kittens.
Born in Joilet, IL to Archie and Marcella Backlin on January 9, 1960, he attended Fayetteville public schools until the Backlins moved to Mokena, Illinois. Graduating from Mattoon High School he returned to Fayetteville and attended the University of Arkansas where he studied advertising, marketing, and public relations. Later he moved to Fort Smith and founded All the Trimmings; selling costuming supplies for medieval reenactment groups. He worked for many years in the service industry and volunteered in non-profit groups.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Marcella Backlin. He is survived by his sister, Kathleen Battershell of Fayetteville; nephew Damien Battershell, and grand-nephew Wyatt Battershell.
He is missed by his family and friends.
The memorial service will be private.