Dave was born and raised on a dairy farm in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Utah State University in Physical Education and Geography. He began his teaching career at Box Elder High School in Brigham City, teaching Geography and coaching football and wrestling. After two years Dave then made the move to Sky View High School, where he spent the next eleven years teaching physical education, social studies, and coaching football and wrestling. Dave completed his Master’s degree and then his administrative endorsement from Utah State University. Dave spent five years in the Logan School District as an assistant principal at Logan High School and three years as principal at Mount Logan Middle School. He then returned to the Cache County School District as principal at Sky View High School for seven years. He has had the opportunity to open up Green Canyon High School in the fall of 2017 in North Logan and is still serving as principal at Green Canyon. Dave and his wife, Paige, have four children and ten grandchildren.