It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of David Fisher King, a cherished contributor to The Driller and a remarkable leader in the drilling industry. David passed away on June 19, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Born on July 14, 1950, in Punxsutawney, PA, David's journey through life was marked by his unwavering commitment to his work, his community, and his family.

David's early years were spent in Punxsutawney, where he earned the affectionate nickname ‘Little Fish’ and enjoyed reading comics with his brothers and friends. He graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1968, demonstrating an early aptitude for academics and leadership.

David pursued higher education at Northwestern University, where he received his BA in Mathematics in 1972. He continued his academic journey with extensive graduate-level work at Lehigh University. His career began at Star Iron Works in Big Run, PA, where he quickly rose through the ranks to become President in 1979. His tenure at Star Iron Works was just the beginning of his influential career in the drilling industry.

In 2003, David founded Kingsland Drill International in Mercersburg, PA. His business not only provided drill pipe globally but also offered invaluable consulting in underground construction. David's insights and expertise made him a thought leader in the industry, and his contributions through events, articles, and speaking engagements left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of learning from him.

Beyond his professional achievements, David had a rich personal life filled with varied interests. He enjoyed golf in his early years and later turned to wildlife photography, beekeeping, and working on projects around his property. His love for animals was evident in his care for his horse, Indiana. As an active member of the Franklin County Beekeepers Association, David shared his knowledge through workshops, often alongside his beloved wife, Randy L. King. His community involvement extended to serving as a Tax Collector for Franklin County, following in his mother's footsteps.

David's sense of humor was legendary. He was known for his ability to bring joy to those around him with his jokes and well-timed puns. His dedication to maintaining friendships, even over long distances, was a testament to his warm and caring nature.

David is survived by his wife of 31 years, Randy Lee King; his daughters, Amanda Diane King and Morgan Terra Pashley; and his son, Nathan Robert King. He is also survived by his grandchildren Madison King, Asher King, Delphine King, his brothers Jonathan King and Carl King, and his sister Carol Depp.

As we remember David, we celebrate a life well lived—a life dedicated to family, community, and the advancement of the drilling industry. His legacy will continue to inspire those who knew him and those who have been touched by his work.

A memorial service will be planned to honor and celebrate David F. King's life. We invite you to join us in paying tribute to a man who made a significant impact on the drilling community and left a lasting legacy of leadership and laughter.