USAF Lt Col (Ret) David John Myers, age 81, was born January 15, 1937 in Lodi (near Lockeford), California and passed away on July 4, 2018, in Crestview, Florida. He was laid to rest July 6, 2018, in Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery in Crestview. Colonel Myers was preceded in death by his first wife Lula. Surviving him is his wife Hettie Lawrence Myers of Crestview. Twenty eight years of his life was
serving in the U.S. Air Force. A graduate of Cal-Berkeley Engineering School, Myers first worked at Flight Test Station, Edwards AFB, for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), a predecessor of NASA. He was an engineering aide on the early X-1 and X-15 test programs. One of the test pilots was astronaut and first man on the moon Neil Armstrong. Myers was a skilled Air Force pilot, flying interceptor aircraft such as the F-102 in Thule, Greenland. Stateside, he flew the Air Force's fastest interceptor, the F-104. He patrolled the waters between Key West and Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in President John F. Kennedy's years in office. Myers pulled a tour in Vietnam flying the 0-1 forward air control
aircraft. He served in Spain and at one time trained Jordanian pilots. He flew functional check flights in the T-38, investigated aircraft accidents, and managed field testing of tactical intelligence gathering and distribution systems with the 4442d Tactical Control Group and the USAF Tactical Air Warfare Center. Not only did he serve his country with distinction, Myers was a man who believed strongly in the word of God. He taught Bible study classes to fellow airmen in Vietnam and also while stationed in Greenland, in between flying interceptor runs against long-range Soviet bomber aircraft that tested our defenses. He taught Bible classes in the original Hebrew and Greek versions, a rarity, and was well respected by fellow parishioners for his biblical knowledge. He taught Sunday School at Crestview First Presbyterian Church for 35 years. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor the life of David Myers are encouraged to contribute to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com