David, from Hermiston, originated nearby in Silverton, OR. He started riding saddle broncs at age 16 and learned the trade from his uncles. One of those uncles is Jim Bothum, who won this rodeo in 1965 and 1983. David has won several places here at St. Paul Rodeo including 2nd the same year his Uncle Jim won in 1983. David won the Calgary Stampede Bronc Riding in 1977. He qualified for the NFR 9 times.
David and friend Butch Knowles founded the Hermiston Farm-City Pro Rodeo in 1988. It has grown into a premier Oregon rodeo, and David serves as its president. David followed his father, Kermit, into the construction business. He and his wife, Cyd, have two children. Son, Ryan, was the 2010 College NFR Champion in Tie-Down Roping. Daughter, Mykael, was a college All-American in track.
David says that St. Paul Rodeo had a major affect (in a good way) on his uncles and himself.