After serving four years in the US Coast Guard as a sonarman, he graduated with a BA from Bridgewater College in Virginia. He worked at several positions in property and casualty insurance and corporate risk management. He retired in 1999 and move to Hendersonville in 2002. David has volunteered with the Hendersonville symphony in fundraising. He has volunteered with several activities at First United Methodist including Joseph's Outreach Ministry and the Walk to Emmaus.