David Tune

David Tune was born and raised in Madera, CA in 1952 and passed away on October 27, 2014. David was made a Cal National Hall of Fame recipient in 2015. David was introduced to chickens early in his life by his father, Bill and his father’s best friend, Leighton Miller. Bill and Leighton taught David the rudiments of game fowl chickens, including the basics of breeding and the importance of maintaining pure blood lines. Another influence in David’s chicken breeding education was Bob Bolles and Jerry Raven. David’s father passed away at an early age and Leighton and David became even closer. David bred and maintained several lines of Aseel, Shamo and other Oriental Game Fowl. David raised Old English Game Bantams and was a member of the Greater California Society of Poultry Fanciers (GCSPF). David was the Vice- President of GCSPF for many years and was one of the top three Old English Bantam Breeders in Central California. David won 3rd best, out of 356 Old English Game Bantams, in the 2002 Greater California Show with a Brown Red Pullet (see photo at right). David’s passion was planning and preparing for the Game Show that the GCSPF hosted at their Fresno Show. David was always an advocate for the Game Show and helped other clubs with their game show, including judging the game show at the Gold Coast Poultry Show in Hollister. David had many friends in the American and the Oriental Game Fowl community. David had many contacts and helped many people get birds. David was a mentor and friend to many people in the poultry fancy including many youth. David helped support the Poultry Show at the Madera County Fair. David helped many 4H youth in Madera County and many counted on him to dub their Old English Game cockerels. David always had an answer when someone asked him for advice. David was a Christian and lived a life of giving. He was a true friend to many people, giving people second chances and a place to stay and food to eat when they were homeless and hungry. David found love and a partner in his later years, when he met Sandy Ramon. David and Sandy were always together and engaged to be married. David was teaching Sandy his love of Game Fowl and they worked side by side feeding and caring for his chickens. David left a legacy of many friends and people who loved him.