Newest transplant makes good on promise to wife, moves to town
Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot
Booker started his first day Tuesday at the James A. Johnson Airport.
Petersburg's newest resident, David Booker, moved to town after fulfilling a promise made four years ago to his wife, Sherry.
"This is my wife's dream location," David Booker said. "We came up on the ferry four years ago through the Narrows and got off the boat here in Petersburg and we met so many nice people that day. She turned to me and said 'If you ever get a chance to apply for a job in Petersburg promise me you'll do it.'"
He did just that when he applied last December to be the Alaska Airlines Manager of the Petersburg Airport.
David Booker, originally from Southern California, worked for Kraft foods as a district manager before moving to Alaska after a near fatal auto accident.
"I told my wife I've always wanted to be in Alaska," David Booker said. "I think it's time to start looking at that. She patiently worked with me and two years later we were in Alaska."
He worked his way up the ranks at Alaska Airlines in Anchorage where he loaded and unloaded baggage, cargo and mail.
After working in Bethel for around a year and a half, he moved back to Anchorage and completed an Alaska Airline's leadership program.
"My goal from my great experience in Bethel was to get back to rural Alaska," David Booker said. "I did not want to be in the big city."
He has spent the last 21 months working in Nome. Sherry Booker, a registered nurse, is currently living in Anchorage with their daughter and will move to Petersburg when she finds a job.
The Bookers have three children who all live away from home.
"We're basically empty nesters," David Booker said. "We've got a little beagle that largely controls our life now. We're very excited to be here."