For 22 years, Dan David watched the city of Hudson Oaks develop and grow, first as an interested citizen and then a council member for almost seven years.
But his service to the community in that way came to an end with his retirement after the most recent election. The city honored his service with a reception before Thursday’s council meeting.
A fifth generation Texan, David served in the United States Air Force for about 20 years as a pilot before retiring in 1989 as a Lt. Colonel. Upon moving back to Texas, he flew for American Airlines, rising to the rank of captain before he retired once more.
In 1991, David and his wife and daughter moved to Hudson Oaks, where he quickly took an interest in the city and how it was run.
“I was always interested in the council as a citizen,” David said, attending meetings regularly.
Because of that interest and willingness to serve the community, the mayor and mayor pro-tem approached him in 2007 when they needed someone to complete an unexpired term for Place 3 in the council.
David readily agreed and then decided to remain in that place for the next seven years. When he heard another citizen had decided to run for the council, David decided it was time for him to pass the baton on to someone else.
“I think turnover is good every once in a while,” David says of the council, pointing out that he believes every citizen should consider participating in the council or the Planning and Zoning Commission at some point. “The city is only as good as the citizens that are willing to serve the city…without that, the city will suffer.”
When David first decided to get involved, the council met in portable buildings. He enjoyed getting to move to the new city hall and seeing all the new businesses, developments and improvements come to the city.
“I’m really impressed with all our accomplishments,” David said.
David believes those accomplishments will only increase as the city continues to grow and change as more businesses arrive in the area.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it,” David said of his time in the council. “I learned a lot.”
Marty Schrantz, who previously served on the P&Z, will take David’s place and says he looks forward to continuing to serve the community in this new area and seeing the new developments and growth coming to the city.