David Register (1949-2014)
Edward “David” Register, former longtime member of FAPMS, passed away at the age of 64 in Gainesville on April 1, 2014.
David was born at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia on October 6, 1949. He had a long, illustrious career with the federal government. He began his career by serving in the United States Army 25th Infantry during the Vietnam War. David received the Bronze Star Medal for his heroism in ground combat, along with several additional medals which included The Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Combat Infantry and Marksmanship Badges. He was a member of the Amvets Post 86 in Keystone Heights.
David began his career in civil service in 1976. He retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2011 after 35 years of service. His last assignment was at the North Florida Aquatic Plant Control Unit in Palatka, Florida. David was a small craft operator/pest control worker and he worked on the St. Johns River treating floating aquatic plants. In addition, he assisted with maintaining other federal navigation channels such as the Oklawaha and Withlacoochee Rivers. David was also instrumental in conducting the yearly biological control collection and distribution program. He received many performance awards throughout his career for his technical knowledge, skills, dependability, dedication and commitment to performing his work. David will always be remembered as having a positive “can do” attitude. He was a vital asset and was considered a cornerstone of the program at the NFAPCU.
David received the FAPMS Applicator of the Year Award in 1999 for his contributions to the field of aquatic plant management.