David Atwood
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David Atwood

NAME

David Earl Atwood

HOME OF RECORD

Sunapee

DATE OF BIRTH

04/22/1947

STATE

NH

DATE OF DEATH

December 30, 2006

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Air Force

INDUCTION YEAR

2017

Biography

David E. Atwood was born in Arlington, Massachusetts on April 22, 1947. He grew up in Bedford, Massachusetts and graduated from Bedford High School in June of 1965. He joined the United States Air Force shortly after graduation and specialized in Jet Aircraft Manufacturing and maintenance. He served in Vietnam from 1967-68. Dave married Karen Johnson Atwood in 1968 and then was discharged from the Air Force in early 1969 from Mountain Home AFB in Mountain Home, Idaho. He went on to work in civilian life at MacDonald-Wadman Company in Needham, MA as a manufacturer's Representative. This work eventually involved a move to Rutland, Vermont then Sunapee, NH. While in Rutland, Vermont, he and his wife adopted a baby girl from South Korea. After moving to Sunapee, NH, they had a son and raised both their children in Sunapee. Dave was a hard worker who enjoyed working on his home and property in Sunapee. He volunteered in school related projects and was a member of the Booster Club. He enjoyed bowling and playing recreational volleyball. He also enjoyed fly fishing at his camp in Pittsburg, NH. In the mid 1990's Dave developed diabetes then began to have symptoms of an unknown illness that impaired his ability to walk, speak and have autonomic function. He was eventually felt to have Multiple System Atrophy as a possible connection to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. During this long and very difficult illness, he maintained his dignity and his wonderful sense of humor. He died December 30, 2006 at the age of 59. He leaves behind his wife, daughter, son and daughter in law and three grandsons.