2012 - David “Choc” Junker

David Junker has lived in Stillwater for almost his entire life. Upon graduating from Stillwater High School in 1952, Junker travelled the Midwest playing baseball, his favorite sport. Junker was a pitcher and had the pleasure of playing with his two brothers Jack and Neil, both catchers. The Junkers were known for their hard work and competitive attitude on the baseball field. He later switched to fastpitch softball and played for powerhouse Scandia for years, and he was elected to the Minnesota Hall of Fame.

Junker went on to own his own business, Junker Landscaping, where he did various types of work for Stillwater’s many residents. Whether it was plowing snow, sodding a yard, or blacktopping a driveway, Junker was always happy to be of service. In his 25 years as a business owner, he provided many summer jobs for high school and college students.

In addition to his service to Stillwater as a business owner, Junker also served as a public official in several positions. He was the Mayor of Stillwater for two terms (1974-1982), a city council member for one term (1985-1986), a School District 834 Board Member for two terms as vice chair and secretary, and the City of Stillwater Public Works Director for 20 years. Junker played a large part in the laptop initiative for junior high school students during his time on the school board, and he loved attending Stillwater Area High School’s graduation ceremony each year to help distribute diplomas.

Junker also volunteered his time in other areas, including years of coaching Valley Athletic Association football and hockey teams. He also had a tradition of ordering pies from Joseph’s Restaurant every Thanksgiving and delivering them to all the nursing homes in the area, where residents and staff were always happy to see him.

At his recent class reunion, Junker was honored to be voted “Most Committed to Stillwater.”