David W. Fais

March 8, 1943 ~ April 17, 2021 (age 78) 78 Years Old

David Fais Obituary

It is with heavy hearts that the family announce the death of retired Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge, The Honorable David W. Fais. The retired judge died at his home in Grandview Heights, Ohio on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at the age of 78.  He was born on March 8, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Honorable G.W. and Ruth Fais.  He was also preceded in death by his beloved son Chad David Fais, his sister Margaret Joann Fischer and brother, The Honorable James J. Fais, (Ret.) Left to cherish his memory are, his wife of 56 ½ years, Sandra Stemshorn Fais, daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Jay Ford of Dublin, OH, brother and sister-in-law Robert and Mary Beth Fais of Dublin, OH, sister-in-law Constance Fais of Powell, OH, brother-in-law and sister-in-law John Frederick and Melanie Stemshorn of Greenville, SC and his dear grandchildren, Alisandra, Jay Michael III and Anna Ford of Dublin, OH.  Also surviving are many nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews. David was a graduate of Grandview Heights High School Class of 1960. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College (now Otterbein University) where he met his wife, Sandra. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Ohio Northern University. He was a graduate of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. The late Judge Fais’ career in public service began in 1969 upon graduating from Ohio Northern College of Law. He served first as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Columbus, and then as Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor. He went on to work for sixteen years in private practice, where his representation included service to the City of Grandview Heights as the Law Director. Judge Fais ascended to the bench in 1988, where he continued to serve for twenty-six years, including three terms as the Presiding Judge. Judge Fais’ service extended beyond the court. He sat on the Professional Ethics Committee and the Admissions Committee for the Columbus Bar Association. He served as a trustee since 2002 for the Columbus Law Library; he served as a bar examiner for the State of Ohio Board of Bar Examiners and served on the Judicial Corrections Board. For many years, he has served on the Board of Directors for North Central Mental Health Services, Inc. He was a longtime member of Charity Newsies and a member of both Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations. He was a recipient of the “Judicial Excellence Award” in 1990-1991, presented by the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association. In April 2015, he was awarded the Special Achievement Award presented by the Otterbein University Alumni Community. At the end of his judicial career, he served for five years as the Deputy Director of the Medical Board for the State of Ohio. He was extremely proud of his life-long legal career but, his most cherished treasures were his loving wife, children and grandchildren. His grandchildren will miss his daily phone calls and we will all miss his great sense of humor. He was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Marble Cliff, Ohio where the private family service will be held. Due to Covid-19 precautions, there will be no calling hours. Private Burial will follow at Horeb Cemetery in Oak Hill, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd, Columbus, OH 43212 or Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, OH 43055, in memory of his beloved son Chad Fais. Online condolences may be made at

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Trinity United Methodist Church
1581 Cambridge Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43212


Trinity United Methodist Church
1581 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus OH 43212

Hospice of Central Ohio
2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark OH 43055


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