Raised on an Oregon wheat farm, David holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Oregon, a commission in the U.S.C.G.R. and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington. His professional experience evolved from traditional architecture to a corporate career in design, facility management and construction management for commercial banks. Bank projects took him throughout the western states, and he retired from U.S. Bank in 1999. Aboard their long-range trawler, David and his wife Jerri dedicated four years to cruising the Pacific coast from Canada to Panama, and up to Canada again on the Atlantic coast. They have resided in Port Ludlow since 2003. David has done design work for Habitat for Humanity and Jerri is an active Jefferson Land Trust volunteer.