David W. Self was born in New York City, the son of Marion W. and Elinor E. Self, on Feb. 7, 1928. He graduated from Roslyn High School and went on to get a bachelor of arts in history at Harvard University, class of 1948. He later did further study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dave was married for 19 years to Beverly Rowe Self, now deceased, and they had three sons. They moved to California in 1959. Dave and Margaret (Meg) Sangster married in 1977, and later moved to Angels Camp, where the Rev. Margaret Self accepted a call to serve the Union Congregational Church United Church of Christ. In 2003 they moved to Murphys, where Dave passed away at home on Oct. 16, 2017.
Dave’s work included employment at Los Alamos Laboratories assisting physicists as secret work went on in the mid-1950s, working for a time on Eniwetok and Bikini atolls. He took part in the satellite tracking organization in the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory of Cambridge, Mass., during the International Geophysical Year (1958), traveling to Peru, Argentina and Curacao. He moved to Santa Maria, Calif., where he worked at Vandenberg Air Force Base as a civilian in the Titan missile program. Dave retired from a career as a systems engineer in the aerospace industry in Palo Alto.
Dave was active in his church and worked on new church development with the Northern California/Nevada Conference. He was also a dedicated volunteer in political aﬀairs, feeling strongly that integrity, responsibility and compassion were needed in public and governmental organizations. He was also a writer of essays and poetry and a member of Calaveras Writers Unlimited.
Dave was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Self; and leaves his wife, Margaret; sons Steven Self (Lisa), Charles Self (Kathy) and Richard Self (Susie); stepsons James Sangster (Eileen), Robert Sangster and David Sangster; and grandchildren Michael, Charlotte, Christopher and Mariasha Self and Ryan Sangster.
Memorial services will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, at the corner of Church and Algiers streets in Murphys, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 48, Murphys, CA 95247, or Habitat for Humanity, Calaveras, P.O Box 1834, San Andreas, CA 95249.