David was born June 11, 1930, at Burt Lake, Mich., the son of Charles W. and Dora I. (McMichael) Waldron. The eighth of 10 children, he grew up on the family farm in Burt Lake.
After graduating from Petoskey High School he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy by Congressman. Charles E. Potter. He received his commission and bachelor of science degree in 1953 and then transferred to the U.S. Air Force to pursue his dream of flying. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas-Austin in 1958 and a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1961 from Purdue University.
During his Air Force career, in addition to stateside assignments including King Salmon and Elmendorf, he was stationed in Germany twice and served a year in Vietnam, retiring in 1979 at the rank of colonel.
After his first “retirement,” he bought and ran the Butterfield House, a historic landmark in the village of Holland Patent, N.Y. Deciding that his first love was construction and engineering, he relocated back to Alaska and began his next phase of life. While in Alaska, he worked for the Kodiak Island Borough, the state of Alaska in Juneau, and then ran a home restoration business in Anchorage.
In 2000, he returned to live full time at Burt Lake, where he enjoyed farming, walking around his woods and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his children, Victoria Lee Waldron of Fredericksburg, Va., Kathryn Ann (Mark) Zadai of Fredericksburg, Elizabeth Waldron Kelley of Chitina, and Bradley David (Laisne’) Waldron of Juneau; grandchildren Corey Robert Kelley, Taylor Leigh Zadai, Andrew Lucas Waldron and Kieran Patrick Waldron; siblings, Helen Tull of Ill., Jack (Nancy) Waldron of Burt Lake and Fran Campbell of Punta Gorda, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Douglas Alan Waldron and siblings Betty McDonald, James, Irvin, Charles, William Waldron and Shirley Billings.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, Burt Lake Christian Church, or the Inland Lakes Education Foundation Waldron Scholarship Fund.