David Triplett

David was born in Pocatello in 1944 and attended Pocatello High School where he graduated in 1962.  David played football, wrestled, and participated in track.  He was an All-League Lineman his senior year and won the District Tournament in wrestling before placing third at the State Tournament. He place third at State in the discus behind Ray McDonald from Caldwell and Ray Miller from Borah.

David went on to play football at the University of Idaho for Coach Dee Andros.  David started both his junior and senior year where he was selected Lineman of the Week and was recognized as All Conference guard in 1966 where he blocked for Thundering Ray McDonald and defeated WSU both his junior and senior years.  David was on the Dean’s List with a 3.5 GPA and was asked to try out for the Dallas Cowboys but chose to stay at the University of Idaho and work on his Masters Degree in Entomology.

During his second year of Graduate School David was awarded the first prestigious Dr. H.C. Manis Memorial Award for Research and Thesis.  He also worked as a football assistant coach for Ed Troxel.

After graduating from the University of Idaho David starting teaching biology and coaching at Capital High School in Boise in 1968 and continued through 1975.  He coached football, wrestling, and track and started a gymnastic boys’ team.  His focus turned to wrestling and coached numerous district and state champions.  He was selected twice as Coach of the Year for the Third District Coaches Association and continues to work with Idaho’s wrestling community as the state’s free style wrestling coach.

David has served as a youth leader and member of the vestry for St. Stevens Episcopal Church in Boise.  He has served as a leader for Masonic youth groups, 4-H, Cub Scouts and President of the PTA.

He is very active in civic activities and has been active in leadership training for several northwest conference meetings for the York Rite Masons and the Grand Lodge of Idaho Masons.  David is currently the Grand Master of Masons in Idaho, being the head , or CEO, of all Masonic Activity in Idaho.

In the York Rite Masonry he has been awarded for community service and leadership, The Outstanding Youth Leadership Award, The Cryptic Mason of the Year for Idaho and in Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International.  He has received their most prestigious award, the Columbian Medal.  He is only one of four living recipients worldwide of this award.

David and his wife Ann have two children.