David John Herbertson passed away peacefully on February 16, 2021, in Sonora, California after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
He was born in Ross, California on January 5, 1936 to David Winston and Josephine Herbertson. He joined the Marines at age seventeen and served in the Korean War as a drill sergeant. After his military service, he started a career in law enforcement, spending six years as a Sheriff’s Deputy for Alameda County and 27 years with the California Highway Patrol. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Chico State University.
David retired as a CHP Sergeant in 1991 after assignments in Mount Shasta, Bakersfield, and
Ukiah. After retirement he and his wife Ginger settled in Sonora, California.
David enjoyed storytelling, the 49ers, military history, and was a private pilot. He was passionate about dogs, his family, and the beach – particularly Pismo Beach. He was a member of the Elks Club and Mountain Cops of Tuolumne County and worked as a night manager for the Sonora Hills Adult Community.
David is survived by his wife, Ginger Herbertson of Sonora, California, his stepson Timothy Harris of Seattle, Washington, cousin Patti Cronin Hart, nephew Terrance Barton and nieces Michaela Hart, Pam Koch, Tiffany Meyer, Seneschel Sims, Valerie Barton and Cashel Fanslau.
Posted online on March 03, 2021