C. David Herring, was born on March 18, 1943 in Muncie, Indiana, to Morris and Margaret Herring. David grew up in Goshen, Indiana. He graduated from Goshen High School in 1961 and from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1965 with a B.A. In 1968, David graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington’s School of Law, with a Juris Doctorate degree, earning cum laude honors. While in law school, he was a Staff Member of the Indiana Law Journal (1967-1968) and in 1967, won the Best Brief award in the National Moot Court competition sponsored by the American Bar Association.
It was in law school that David met his first wife, Janet and had two children, David and Margaret. While in law school, David was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. Upon completion of law school and admission to the Indiana State Bar in 1968, David and family moved to Fort Ord, California. While in the Army, David served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a legal officer from 1965 to 1972. In 1970, David was chosen to serve as Counsel to the witnesses testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Government Operations. David then served as a Military Judge from 1970 to 1972, and was honorably discharged as a Captain, JAGC, U. S. Army in 1972.
In 1971, David was admitted to the California Bar. Upon completion of his service in the Army, the family moved to San Diego County, wherein David established his own law firm. David had a full time law practice in San Diego County since 1972. David served as an adjunct evening Professor of Law at Western State University (now known as Thomas Jefferson School of Law) from 1972-1992. There are numerous attorneys still practicing in the San Diego community today whom recall fondly David as their instructor and mentor.
In 1977 he met the love of his life, DeLayne, and they were married for 41 years. Together, they had a son, Christopher. In 1989, his daughter Margaret joined his law practice and later became a partner; they worked together for 30 years. In 2006, they moved their practice to Coronado, California. David’s practice was focused on real estate and business matters. David was a highly esteemed member of the legal community, serving at various times as a member of the San Diego Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Panel. His biography was published in various editions of Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in California, and Who’s Who in the World. David was President of the Lions Club of San Diego (1996-1997) and President of the Lions Club Foundation (1998-1999). While president, of the Lions Club he compiled and published an extensive history of the club’s first 75 years of service to the community.
In 2018, David semi-retired from his law practice and lived the past year in Menifee, California. David enjoyed boating, watching Padres games, spending time with his grandchildren, and his Bichon, Princess. David is survived by his wife, DeLayne; his children, David (Samantha), Margaret (Patrick), and Christopher (Rosalinda); and by his grandchildren, Dustin, Ryan, Justine, Elizabeth, Cristian, Alesandra and Nicolas; and his three sisters, Barbara, Rebecca (David) and Elizabeth (Mike). David was unexpectedly called home to be with the Lord on July 17, 2019.
David’s interment services will be held Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 at 11 a.m. sharp at Miramar National Cemetery 5795 Nobel Dr, San Diego, CA 92122. A memorial service and celebration of life will then be held immediately afterwards (estimated start time 12:30 p.m.) at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, 959 C Avenue. All are welcome.