David grew up in the Los Gatos/Campbell area of Santa Clara County, California. He graduated from Campbell Union High School with the Class of 1956 and attended San Jose City College off and on from 1957 through 1963. After serving with the United States Army at both Fort Ord and in the post transportation office of the Presidio of San Francisco, David attend Humboldt State College, where he graduated in the spring of 1966 a BS degree in Fisheries. David married Cynthia Jo Reynolds, in Arcata, Caliornia, on the 30th of January, 1965. After accepting a job with was then Washington State Department of Fisheries (since merged with the then Washington State Department of Game), David and Cynthia moved to Olympia, Washington in September of 1966. After a 30 year career as a fisheries biologist and computer information consultant, David retired at the end of May in 1997. He has spent his retirement being gardener, cook, bottle washer, house cleaner, plumber, electrician and general jack of all trades. For exercise, David walks to Starbucks daily (rain, snow or shine) for coffee (roughly 3 miles round trip, with a 5:30 am start). For recreation, he bowls two nights a week, meets for lunch and cards with four fellow retirees (monthly) and visit his brother Paul in Clovis (Fresno), California at least twice a year. In addition to genealogy, when David has time, he enjoys photography, wood working, cooking Chinese food and movies (classics). He also enjoys singing and playing acoustical guitar and can manage three cords in at least one key on both a 6-string Yamaha and a 12-string Guild. Most of all, David enjoys traveling to visit his daughter, son-in-law and of course, grandchildren. Because of them he has been to the UK (London, Kent and Cambridgeshire ), Holland (Amsterdam), Germany, France (Strasbourg), Switzerland (Luzern), Denmark, Uganda (Jinja to Kampala, Kampala to Kisoro and points in-between), Kenya (Nairobi, Lake Nivashu and the Maasii Mara), Egypt(Cairo to Aswan), Zambia (Lusaka to Livingstone) and Malawii. He has driven in Boston (night, day, rain, shine, a little snow and 5 PM too). He has been to Newport Rhode Island, driven in Providence Rhode Island during 5 PM traffic, been to Burlington Vermont and stood by his great, great-grandfather's grave on the banks of the Erie Canal in Clyde, New York. He has seen Elephants, Lions, Zebras, Giraffes, Hippos, Crocodile and other assorted animals and birds living on the planes of the Serengeti and in the Great Rift Valley of Africa. Sailed the Nile from Luxor to Aswan and dined along its banks in the hart of Cairo. He has over looked the mighty Batoka Gorge of the Zambezi River at Taita Falcon Lodge and stood in the mist from Victoria Falls. Watched the Ciclids of Lake Malawi swiming wild and free in their native habitat. None of this would have happened were it not for Beth and her family.
- Fort Ord Basic Traing, Fort Ord California, November 1961 through January, 1962.
- Presidio of San Francisco Attached to Company C (post transportation), US Army Garrison, 6th Army, Presidio of San Francoiso.
- Humboldt State Colledge (University of California at Humboldt)
- Guild Guitars
- Yamaha Guitars
- Taita Falcon Lodge, Zambia A great place to stay
- Kichaw Tembo Tented Saferi Camp In the great rift valley
- Club Makokola - Lake Malawi
- Sunbird Ku Chawe - Malawi