David T. North
David T. North was born July 1, 1931, in Bloomsburg, Pa., to Thomas and Marjorie Taylor North. He graduated from Penn State and served in the United States Army at Ft. Detrick, Md. He married Barbara Bundens; they were later divorced.
After graduate school at the University of Minnesota, in 1964, he went to the newly established USDA-ARS Metabolism and Radiation Research Lab in Fargo, N.D.
As a research geneticist, his focus was the radiation biology of insects with respect to control by release of genetically sterile insects.
In 1973, he pursued a longtime interest by establishing C-Flat Farm to prove one could raise, train and race Kentucky breds (thoroughbreds) from North Dakota throughout the U.S. and Canada, and be successful.
Dave was a man of many interests. He was an early supporter of Prairie Public TV, did lighting for the Emma K. Herbst Community Theater, was an avid photographer, recreational aviator and fly fisherman, as well as a passionate animal lover.
After retiring, he moved to the Carefree-Cave Creek, Arizona, area. He managed the Dalberg Chiropractic Clinics located on the Navajo Nation, made many native friends and developed an appreciation of the culture and artistry. Concurrently, he founded Road Runner Personal Services, later sold to Patrick Gilland, caring for the homes of snowbirds and part-time residents of the Carefree-Cave Creek area.
He married longtime friend, Janet Mayer, in 2001. After five years in Arizona, they decided to seek milder climate in Alamogordo where they found new friends and new vistas to photograph.
Dave passed away peacefully at home on March 10, 2014.
He is survived by his loving wife, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private memorial will be held at a later date.
The North family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home - Alamogordo
1334 N. Scenic Dr. Alamogordo, NM 88310
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 15 to Apr. 14, 2014