A FUNDRAISING effort is underway following the death of one of the Darling Downs’s star cricketers, who leaves behind a wife and baby daughter.

David Orange, described as a cheeky larrikin and an exceptional sportsman, died suddenly and unexpectedly from natural causes on August 9.

He was 38. He leaves behind his wife, Kerry, and their seven-month-old daughter, Eylea.

David Orange leaves behind his wife, Kerry, and their seven-month-old daughter Eylea. IMAGE: Supplied

Growing up in Toowoomba, David was the captain of University Cricket Club in Toowoomba from 2007-2008, leading his team to a premiership win.

That season he achieved a record-breaking innings, falling one run short of a double century. At the time, his 199 was the highest score ever by a University player, eclipsing the previous record set in 1994.

David Orange, featured on the back page of the Toowoomba Chronicle following his double ton. IMAGE: Supplied

David then went on to dedicate seven years to South Brisbane District Cricket Club, where he was a crucial member of the first-grade team. He also competed for clubs in Hythe, Bishops Stortford and Harrogate, in the United Kingdom.  

He was well known in the Brisbane building and construction industry, having been in the electrical industry for 15 years. David was the founder and director of Orange Electrical and Glow Worm Lighting, operating across Brisbane.

Known for his larger than life personality, and for being an amazing father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, thousands of tributes have been flowing online for David.

David Orange and his wife, Kerry, on their wedding day. IMAGE: Supplied

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to try to support his beautiful wife Kerry and young daughter Eylea, as they struggle to come to terms with the unimaginable pain of losing David.

“We believe Dave was the best of us,” friend Mitch Connell said. 

“He was an aspiring entrepreneur, avid sportsman, great loyal friend and an amazing family man. He will be sorely missed by many, many people.

“We are trying to raise funds to help support his family in this difficult time and plan for their future without Dave.

“Any donation would be greatly appreciated.” 

Click here to visit David Orange’s Legacy Fund GoFundMe page.

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