Jeff David, publisher of the Livingston Parish News, died early Monday. He was 68.
“He was about publishing a quality, community newspaper. He was passionate about that, and he was very active in his community and in his profession,” said Mike Dowty, managing editor of the paper.
David took over the paper after his father, G. Norman David, died in 1977. At the time, he was a staff attorney at the Louisiana Public Service Commission. He had to choose between practicing law and becoming the publisher of the paper.
David had been around the family business most of his life, Dowty said. He chose the paper, although he continued to practice law on the side until 1984.
David wrote a regular column for the Livingston Parish News until late September. In a note on an Oct. 8 substitute column, David informed his “blessed readers” that he had been diagnosed with cancer. He thanked people for reading the paper, which he said had been a family owned, local product since 1898 and would continue to be so.
David served as president of the Louisiana Press Association in 1987 and 1988; president of the National Newspaper Association in 2002-03; and received the NNA’s 2014 James O. Amos Award for distinguished service and leadership.
David was a founder of the Livingston Economic Development Council and served two terms as its president. He was co-founder of FM-96.1, The River. He also helped establish the Livingston Parish Industrial Park in Walker.