David Pahl - Going the Distance
David Pahl's life is full of adventure. It would probably be easier for the 67-year-old Jenkins Township, Pa., native to list the things he hasn't done, but he prefers to focus on the memorable experiences he's had.
"I've traveled the East Coast pretty extensively," David said. "I've been to Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina, among other places. I always come back with plenty of new memories."
Whenever he goes on those long trips, David brings his Jazzy® Elite ES Portable from Pride Mobility® to ensure he gets the most out of his experience.
"No matter where I go, there's always a lot of ground to cover," David said. "With my Jazzy, I can see as much of it as possible."
Over the years, David has visited Myrtle Beach, S.C., as well as the Little League Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
"The Cooperstown trip was a family affair," David said. "My grandson played in a baseball tournament there. When I went to the games, I could just ride up in my Jazzy and find a cool spot under the shade."
David's travels have also brought him to Maryland, where his younger daughter, Terri, 42, and her husband reside.
"I also have five grandchildren," David said. Two of them live in Maryland."
Those two grandchildren are Christian, 16, who played in the baseball tournament at Cooperstown, and David, 20.
David's family is an important part of his life. His older daughter, Tracy, 44, and his other three grandchildren live locally. They are Ryan, 21, Michael, 20, and Lindsay, 18. He and his wife, Rita, 66, have been married for 46 years. He also has a twin sister, Beverly.
"When we're at home, I'm the designated cook," David said. "I'm always preparing meals for the family. It's something I really enjoy."
David has honed his culinary skills in a number of ways over the years. He worked as a food service professional for Metz Culinary Management, served as a cook during the Vietnam War and owned a restaurant called Papa's Village Café in West Pittston, Pa.
"While working at Metz, we served a number of organizations," David said. "We did the menus for hospitals, colleges, high schools and more."
For 27 years, David was also a proud member of Lions Clubs International, an organization that serves local communities. For his service, he was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.
Golfing is another one of David's favorite activities.
"These days, golfing is a breeze," David said. "With my Jazzy, I can ride right along the cart paths. It makes navigating the course a lot easier."
For David, having a Jazzy makes navigating life easier, too.
"No matter what I'm doing, I can count on my Jazzy to help me do it," David said. "It makes baseball games, golfing, and time with my family much more enjoyable."