One of five children of George and Ellie Highland, Dave was born in 1955 in Vallejo California, came to Paso Robles in 1960 and to Atascadero in 1965 where he graduated from high school in 1973. Dave attended Cal Poly SLO and graduated in 1977 with a BS degree in Natural Resources Management.
Dave worked at Hearst Castle for State Parks from 1978 until 1982 then began work for the Department of Fish and Game at Warm Springs Salmon and Steelhead Hatchery near Geyserville, CA where he helped raise salmon and steelhead for the Russian River drainage. Dave was then promoted to Fillmore Trout Hatchery near Fillmore, CA in 1987 where he raised and planted catchable trout in lakes and streams in Southern CA and promoted into his current position as a Fish Habitat Specialist in San Luis Obispo County in 1989. Since that time, Dave has been involved in fish habitat improvement projects and various other fisheries-related activities in lakes and streams from Mendocino County through San Luis Obispo County including work in the Sierras and other parts of the state as well. Dave received the "Restorationist Of The Yea" award from the Salmonid Restoration Federation in 2006.
Dave and his wife Glenda, have been married since 1977 and have a son, Jim, born in 1983 who graduated from Musician’s Institute Guitar Craft Academy in Hollywood and works for National Reso-phonic Guitars in San Luis Obispo. Dave and Glenda also have a daughter, Joanne, born in 1986 who graduated from USC in 2007, where she was a 4 year member of the Trojan Marching Band, and is currently living in North Hollywood and working for a non-profit group in Van Nuys.
Though not a military veteran or pilot, Dave has a life-long interest in aircraft and firmly believes in our military and the mission of the Estrella Warbird Museum.