David and his twin sister were born in Seattle, WA, June 24, 1943. His father was serving with the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific at the time. When his dad returned from the war, he became a Naval Aviator and in 1948 the family began moving with assignments to Marine Corps bases throughout the United States. Graduating from high school in 1961, in Colorado Springs, CO, David and his sister, Lynn were accepted at the University of Washington; David to major in Commercial Art.
David joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve when he graduated and was assigned to the Sand Point Naval Air Station. David served until 1968 and held the rank of Sergeant.
In 1963, David joined the Seattle Police Department, serving as a Patrol Officer until his retirement in 1994. David also taught Criminal Justice for eight years at Shoreline Community College.
Two years after retiring, David moved to Leavenworth. Not knowing anyone here, he joined many of the organizations in town. In May 2002, David joined with several other residents to form a Steering Committee for the soon to be established Museum in town. The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center was starting a “division” of their Wenatchee Museum. David was selected to be the Secretary/ Treasurer. The museum was named “The Upper Valley Museum at Leavenworth”. Not having “a home”, it operated in the Obertal Mall and then moved into the former Haus Lorelei on the Barn Beach Reserve, its current location. In 2006, the steering committee separated from Wenatchee and re-formed as the “Upper Valley Historical Society”, which now operates the Museum.
David was the first President of the Board for the new Historical Society and served a two year term. David remained on the Board until 2012 when, according to the Bylaws, he left the Board, rejoining in 2014 and again became the Secretary.
David often reflects on how lucky he was to be part of the beginning of a Museum in Leavenworth.
- From the Spring 2016 newsletter