David was born Aug. 4, 1946 to Jesse Clinton and Mildred Wilson Kassler in Lakeland, Florida. He spent his childhood years as a military brat and continued to move about the country as his father’s employment required. He lived in various places from Florida, to Michigan, to New Mexico. He graduated high school in Moab, Utah before attending Florida Southern College in Lakeland on a basketball scholarship for one year.
He joined the Army, and just before his deployment to Saigon, he married his first wife, Leona.
After his discharge from the Army, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier until his retirement. He was then employed at Fantasy of Flight, a vintage aircraft museum, where his talents as a raconteur made him a popular tour guide.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother (Doug) and his first wife. He is survived by his life-long best friend, Michael Bucci, who compassionately provided his end-of-life care. He also leaves a brother, Tom (Rita).
He also leaves two daughters: Lisa (Spence) Paddock and Lynn (David) Boyd. He is survived by four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
This memoriam is respectfully submitted by his second wife, Eva, who wishes him an eternity of sunrises, top water plugs and 10-pound bass.