What’s the history between you and the City of Salem?
My wife and I were living in Carson City, Nevada, years ago. We are originally from the east coast. My health began deteriorating, and my doctor informed me to move back east to a lower elevation. A friend at the time recommended the City of Salem. After checking out several locations, Salem was our final resting stop for us. The people, the local VA hospital and the small-town atmosphere were the ultimate deciding factors.
Talk about your education background. Where did you go to school?
I grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and attended both parochial and public schools. I entered the United States Marine Corps in 1967, and I got my BA in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University in Missouri.
What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Retiring from the United States Marine Corps after 20 and a half years of service.
What is your current occupation and what do your responsibilities consist of?
I have been officially retired since 2001 due to congestive heart failure. However, in 2011, I was a recipient of a heart transplant. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping others by volunteering hours with the Knights of Columbus in community projects such as Food for Families and other local activities.
What are some things you like to do in Salem?
Go downtown with my wife Pat to various restaurants, shops and Farmers Market, of course. I enjoy taking our two dogs over to the Salem Rotary Dog Park for exercise and just driving around the city.
Are there any books you’ve read that you would recommend to others?
The first would be the Bible. Regardless of anyone’s beliefs, reading this should be on everyone’s bucket list. I am also very involved in genealogy research, which is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history, since 1994. People would be surprised at who and where we originate from. A lot of books and manuscripts that were hard to find are now being digitized and can easily be researched.
Who are some people that inspire you?
My sons and my daughter.
What motivates you?
God giving me a second chance at life. A wife of 46 years, four grown children and nine grandchildren who love and support me unconditionally.
What does an average week look like for you?
Nothing is average. You try to set a routine, but it changes daily. You go with the flow and pray for the best.
If you could go back and give an 18-year-old Dave some advice, what would you say?
If you think you have it tough, look at the person on the street.
-Compiled by Shawn Nowlin