David left Montana to come home.
Montana is a great place to live. Yet some think that the best thing a young Montanan can do is go away. Go away to any of the metropolitan areas. Learn about business, people, and life and then come back. David did just that. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, he had the opportunity to lead an emerging environmental laboratory business that went international. Along the way he added the experience of working in the political realm of indoor air quality standards. Early on in his college days, he met the love of his life, Michelle. Armed with a new family, a fresh perspective, and a lifelong dream, this Montanan came home to his roots in the Lakeside area. With their four young boys, David and Michelle embrace Montana, its people and natural beauty.
Third generation Montanan returns to the Flathead
David’s unique perspective of living in the Flathead Valley is fueled by his knowledge of the area, his deep family roots, a first class education, and a lasting affection for the land. His background reveals a logical and analytical approach to business and investing combined with a love for his family and the great Montana outdoors. David will easily talk about the 8-pound Northern Pike he caught on his 5th birthday. He recalls eating smoked salmon all winter…the salmon he caught as a young boy in Flathead Lake with his father and grandfather. In fact, David recently spent one summer restoring that same 1964 Lee Craft boat that was built and delivered on Flathead Lake. Now he enjoys creating similar memories with his own sons.
From Norway to Kalispell, David’s roots are on Main Street
David’s Norwegian family tree goes back 13 generations to Vinje, a region known for its artists and musicians. Keeping the artistic torch alive, David performs an upbeat mixture of guitar and song for his church. His guitar is also sure to come out around summer campfires on the beach with his extended family band, or even an open mic night at the local microbrewery and pub.
With a great-grandfather who settled on Table Bay in 1949, a grandmother who was born on Kalispell’s Main Street, and a father who built log homes in the area, David’s natural choice seemed to be a career in real estate. When looking for property with David, he is eager to share his vast knowledge of the area’s flora, fauna and special places. He might reveal a best kept family secret – a stunning hiking trail, hidden lake, or huckleberry patch.
“I told Michelle before we were married that my dream was to be self-employed in Montana. Since she is smart and adventurous, she said yes!”
Community giving is important to David. In addition to serving on the school board and the local community foundation, he volunteers at the children’s school and greatly appreciates the quality of education in the state. In fact, he will expound at length on the value of family and the significance of parental involvement. On weekends, it is not unusual to find David hosting a laser tag event with 12 middle school boys or assisting the school in donor development. David’s philosophy is is to focus on what matters most – faith, family, and serving others.
A love of Montana, people skills and a business background…It’s a natural fit!
A missionary backgound has given David experiences living in far off lands that include Hawaii, Austrailia, Japan and much of the continental United States. After spending time in all these places, the Flathead Valley is his choice to call home offering all that is key in living life to the fullest.
“I love the the variety of four seasons of outdoor activities. I can golf top-rated courses all summer, hike and camp through the fall, ski on great snow all winter, fish and boat through the spring, and then start all over.”