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David Ririe: A Life Sketch
By David Ririe
(From NETWORK, the family newsletter,
volume 1, November 1996)
David Ririe was born in the home of
his paternal grandmother of Ririe, Idaho on March 20, 1922, the eldest
child of James E. and Verna Perry Ririe. He grew up on the family farms
and attended elementary and secondary school in his home town.
His advanced education consisted of
two years in the Elementary Education Curriculum at Ricks College in
Rexburg, Idaho, followed by attainment of a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Agronomy at Brigham Young University. His formal education culminated
in receiving a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Rutgers University in
Soil Science and Plant Physiology.
His university studies were interrupted
by World War II. After enlistment in the Army Air Corps, he qualified
as a bombardier and was commissioned a second lieutenant. In combat his
plane was shot down over Northern Germany and he endured thirteen months
as a prisoner of war.
Professionally there have been three
periods in his life: First as an assistant professor and sugar beet specialist
for the University of California at Davis; Second, as development supervisor
and manager of the Church College of New Zealand farm, and Third, as
a Farm Advisor and County Director for Agricultural Extension Service
in Monterey County for the University of California.
As a consultant in soils, irrigation,
and vegetable crop production, he has been employed for short term assignments
by Food Machinery International, The United Nations Development Project,
and the Stahl family of Mexico. Work on these assignments has been done
in Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt,
Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela, and Trinidad-Tobago.
As an active member of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints he has served twice on foreign missions:
First, as a labor missionary in New Zealand, and Secondly, as a proselyting
missionary in Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus. On three occasions he has served
as Bishop in Salinas, California and once as a counselor in the Stake
Presidency of the Hamilton, New Zealand Stake! He is currently an ordained
Patriarch in the Monterey California Stake.
He is married to Ruth Joanne Irwin
and they have five children, seventeen grandchildren, and one great grandchild
at the present time. David considers his family to be the most important
element of his life.
At home in Salinas, California, he
spends his time doing Church Work, gardening, playing golf, and corresponding
with friends and relatives in many parts of the world. Life has been
a great adventure to him, and will be as long as he is able to lift his
golf clubs in and out of his pickup, enjoy his associates; grow vegetables,
fruits, and flowers; feel good between surgeries; be of use in Church
Service; and have his wife and family around him.
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