David Lawrence King | Obituary


November 12, 1939 — Nov. 27, 2021

BRANT LAKE / QUEENSBURY – David Lawrence King of Brant Lake and Queensbury, NY passed away on November 27, 2021

Dave was born on November 12, 1939 in the small village of Guilderland Center, NY, to the late Leon George King and Esther Ruth (Sholtes) King.

While in high school, he became the youngest Eagle Scout in Albany County. He received an electrical engineering degree from Clarkson University in 1961 and joined IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY. Due to good timing, he had chosen an employer who was able to offer him a varied, challenging and enjoyable job for the next 36 years; working as an engineer, programmer and manager. A number of its software applications have been used by company employees around the world.

His first job was cut short for two years while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. There he lived in a small off-grid village where only Thai and Malay were spoken. He has worked to improve the quality of people’s lives by promoting small changes in their daily lives, unfortunately with limited success. He had many stories to tell, including missing an opportunity to visit Vietnam just before the war because he was relieved of his money for the boat ticket to Saigon by a pickpocket in Singapore. At the end of his assignment, he chose the option of taking the cash equivalent of his plane ticket home and traveled on a four-month odyssey overland through India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.

After returning to Poughkeepsie, he was fortunate enough to meet Mary Julia Stoner, who had left her field of chemistry to join IBM to train and practice in the emerging new profession of computer programming. They were married in 1968. Dave claimed he caught Mary’s attention by the car he was driving; a 1965 British soft-top TR4A, which he claimed was a ‘chick magnet’. Over the next 30 years, Dave enjoyed driving a variety of four-wheeled low-profile sports cars from Britain, Italy and Germany.

Dave liked to work with his hands. He added a significant three-room addition to the second floor of his house, where he did all the electrical, plumbing and interior finishing. He also did many projects in his carpentry workshop and had a hobby business making stained glass and giving adult education classes on the subject. He also competed in the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby for over a decade and was one of the first to use a computer to judge and score the race.

He retired from IBM in 1996 and helped found and run a voluntary organization that taught seniors to use computers. Dave has also been a literacy volunteer at Poughkeepsie. He started working at a vacation home in Brant Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains, upstate New York, where he had a basic hull built and then completed all interior work over a period of time. six years. He moved there with his wife after his retirement in 2002. Here they embraced the outdoors: hiking, biking, boating and snowshoeing. He loved the rural nature and the tranquility of their lakeside home, which brought back fond memories of his childhood in freedom. Dave was particularly interested in cycling and founded a bicycle club for retirees. He and his wife became tandem cyclists and were among the first in the region to adopt e-bikes.

During the long winters, he maintained his programming skills by developing websites and Internet applications for nearly a dozen clubs and volunteer organizations in the region where he was involved. He has also been active with the Brant Lake Association as webmaster and newsletter editor.

Dave enjoyed cooking, listening to jazz, choir singing, and playing guitar and banjo. Music has always been part of his life. As a folk singer he was familiar with the 23 verses of “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore”. He played a wicked folk-style guitar and 5-string banjo, and sang in barber shop quartets, his college radio show “Dave’s Cave” playing 1950s jazz was a Saturday night staple. . He also participated in choral singing with his classmates and with semi-professional musicians who were studying at the Crane School of Music, also in Potsdam, to be music teachers. He especially enjoyed singing with Crane’s students in a double a capella quartet that sang from a back balcony after a starting string from an organ in the front.

He learned to juggle at the age of 50 and enjoyed traveling with his wife to exotic places such as Angkor Wat, Myanmar, Thailand, the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, the Panama Canal and Petra. During his life, Dave visited over thirty countries.

David is survived by his wife Mary King; her son Jeff King and daughter-in-law Susan Kim King of Los Angeles, CA; and son Michael (aka Marius) King and stepdaughter Winifred (Capowski) King of Garrison, NY.

At Dave’s request, there will be no calling hours. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in the care of MB Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY 12803.

Those who wish to honor his memory can make a contribution to the Maine Black Fly Breeders Association, 123 Main Street, Machias, ME 04654, or a charity of their choice. A memorial service will be scheduled for summer 2022.

To leave your condolences online, please visit www.kilmerfuneralhome.com.

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