Brief Biography of David Meeker
David Meeker lived on Homedale Road in Klamath Falls and attended Altamont Elementary and Junior High School. In 1946, at the age of 14, he and the family moved to the Crawford Ranch, lying between Hildebrand and Sprague River, which had been leased for a term of 3 years. At the end of that lease the family moved to Keno Springs Ranch, then owned by Harold Mallory, the owner of the Big Y Market at the Lakeview/Merrill junction east of Klamath Falls, and lived there until 1953. Dave graduated from Bonanza High School in 1950. Most of his stories originate from the years 1946 to 1952 during the time at Keno Springs and before he went on active duty with the U.S. Navy Seabees.
While serving as a Seabee surveyor at Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands, he learned there were ways to make a living that didn’t involve following cows or being bucked off horses. Upon returning to Oregon he married Sharon Finchum, of Henley, and studied mathematics at Oregon State College and Stanford University. In 1964 the two moved to New Jersey to see what the East was like. There Dave taught mathematics at Rutgers University. They decided to stay in the East and moved to the University of New Hampshire in 1970. While at UNH he authored or co-authored over 80 publications in the mathematical or scientific literature. He retired from the Mathematics Department of UNH in 2002 and both he and Sharon now live in a retirement community in Exeter, NH.
Some of David's Stories: