David Thurston was born on July 22, 1953 in New York to Robert Thurston and Rosa Eichnor. At the age of seven and a half, David made aliya and grew up with his mother and grandmother in Holon.
He was drafted into the IDF in November 1971 a became a Air Force medic, taking part in the Yom Kippur War. He was discharged in 1974 and studied law at Tel Aviv University. During his service, he underwent a parachuting course, a combat medic course and an aviation training course. He served in the 669 unit he loved very much. In 1974, immediately after his release, he began studying law at Tel Aviv University. During his studies between exams and exams, he workeEven then he stood out for his high abilities and sensitivity to people. Upon completion of his internship, he passed the bar tests and was certified as a lawyer. After the qualification, he opened his office with his friend, Adv. Rafael Gross, a law firm in Tel Aviv.
With the start of the First Lebanese War, David was called up to evacute wounded. On June 6, 1982, the helicopter he was in was downed over Nabatiya in Lebanon and David was killed. He left his wife and mother and was buried in the military cemetery in Rishon LeZion.