WELLSVILLE, N.Y. – David Marshall Choate, 70, has gone to rest in the comfort of his Lord and Savior April 15, 2008, at home with his family by his side. Born Feb. 7, 1938, in Phoenixville, Pa., the son of Edward Carlile Choate and Louise Sawtelle Choate. After residing in Charlestown and Birchrunville, Pa., family moves took him to Epping, N.H., and Searsport. He was a graduate of Searsport High School, 1956, and Maine Maritime Academy, 1959, with a Bachelor of Science in marine engineering and a U.S. Coast Guard license as a third assistant engineer. From 1959 to 1960, he sailed with United Fruit ships as an engineer, making many trips to Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and Ecuador. On April 17, 1960, he married Judith Hope Jackson, in Searsport. Within a few years, he and Judy were blessed with two sons, Christopher David and Brian Richard. From 1960 to 1961, he worked as a nuclear test engineer for Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Quincy, Mass., on the Navy’s first nuclear powered surface ship project, USS Long Beach (CGN9), before entering a tour of active duty in the Navy as chief engineer of the USS Falcon (MSC-190) in Panama Canal Zone. His Naval career took him to Pensacola, Fla., as engineering officer/assistant officer in command of the USS Tweedy (DE532), and the New York Headquarters of the Commander Eastern Sea and the Frontier Commander Atlantic Reserve Fleet. He remained in the Naval Reserves until 1978, retiring with the rank of lieutenant commander. Released from Navy active duty in 1966, a new career with Worthington Corp. was started in Harrison, N.J., as an application engineer. In 1968, he flew into Buffalo, N.Y., and drove down to Wellsville, N.Y., for a job interview with Worthington Steam Turbine Division, he thought no one in his right mind would want to live in the middle of “Nowhere, USA.” But he was persuaded to take the position, moved his family to their new life far from the metropolitan life and discovered to his delight Wellsville, N.Y., was indeed the perfect place to raise the sons he and Judy loved with all of their hearts. There he held many and varied positions in marketing and sales management until retiring in January 1999. Society memberships have included the American Society of Naval Engineers, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and was a founding member of Marine Machinery Association. For outside interest the antique car club, Kaiser Frazer Owners Club International, occupied his time first serving as New York zone manager, then with his wife, Judy, as KFOC International secretary and treasurer for four years, and as president for four years, followed by management of the club’s manufacturing fund for several years. They attended many annual conventions throughout the U.S. He was active locally in the Wellsville, N.Y., community, serving in many ways. He was a member of Exchange Club, where he served two terms as president and participated in many fundraisers for local benevolence. From 1974 to 1982, he and his family were active in Junior bowling leagues, where he coached at Nick’s Lanes. He owned and operated Choate’s Custom Windows for 25 years. He always kept a special bond with the state of Maine, traveling back and forth throughout the years, later lived in Searsport during the summer and fall months, after retirement with his wife, Judy, who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Christopher and Joanne of Oswego, N.Y., and Brian and Shelley of Wellsville, N.Y.; four brothers, Edward Carlile Choate and Joan of Flagstaff, Ariz., William Sawtelle Choate and Gretchen of Coarsegold, Calif., Nathaniel Choate II and Dorothy of Springfield, Va., Robert R. Pyle and Miriam of Northeast Harbor; brother-in-law, Richard L. Jackson and Lee Herrick of Searsport; grandchildren, Hannah, Mor-gan, Julia, Allison and Drew Evans; four nephews, five nieces, 11 great-nieces, great-nephews, as well as his beloved 1951 Frazer. He was predeceased by a sister, Louise Godfrey Choate, in 1946. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of Wellsville with the Rev. Ralph Eastlack officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Gordon Cemetery, Searsport. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Kevin Guest House, 782 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203 or David A. Howe Public Library. The family also wishes to ask you to please take time to donate blood in David’s name. J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State St., Wellsville, N.Y.