David was born on Dec. 15, 1935, in Boston, Massachusetts, to John Earle and Elizabeth (Prescott) Farnum. David served overseas as a combat air-crewmen in the U.S. Navy. Returning to Massachusetts, he married Jane (Hammond), his wife of 47 years.
David loved learning and was passionate about many things in life; electronics became his first career, as well as a lifelong hobby, and led he and his family to California in 1966. He also enjoyed photography and devoted many hours to taking and developing his photographs.
It was his love of flying however the led David and his family to Utah, in 1979, where he ran the Heber Valley airport FBO and the Heber Valley Flying Service, spending many years doing what he loved the most, flying small planes, giving glider rides and teaching others to soar.
David was preceded in death by his wife Jane, and his daughter Sandra (Mel) Uhl.
He is survived by his daughter Gayle Roetman (Rob), son Jeff; grandchildren Joshua, Erika, Jacie, Alexander, and Michael, as well as several great-grandchildren, nephews, cousins and sister Elizabeth (Berry) Haigis.
In keeping with his wishes, David was cremated, and his ashes will be scattered in a family ceremony.
David struggled with M.S. later in life and the family suggests a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis foundation in leu of flowers.
His family would like to extend its gratitude and thanks to the staff at the Abbington Senior Living Community in Heber City and St. Joseph’s Villa in Salt Lake City.