Instructor Spotlight

Volunteer Instructor Spotlight - David Habben

A photographic image of David Habben. David Habben is a cemetery historian and what's known as a "taphophile."  He has a passion for cemeteries and grave yards, especially their history and symbolism.  He has been researching, documenting and photographing cemeteries and grave yards for years.  Thousands of his photos appear on the website of the U.S. Cemetery Project and on
David grew up in Hammond, IN, right next to Chicago.  David worked in law enforcement in the Chicago area, and then moved to Oregon and Idaho where he has worked as a paramedic for 39 years. He has seen Boise grow into a great place to live, becoming more diverse in population, activities, and his favorite, food.   His two children were raised, and went to school here.  He travels extensively for his EMS work in instructing, consulting and doing evaluations for accreditation.  David also works part time for funeral homes. This gives him time to do the volunteering he enjoys, such as teaching for Community Education, at conferences and other venues, and giving tours at the Old Idaho Penitentiary.  He does volunteer work because he loves sharing his passions with others.   
Community Education makes many great topics and classes available to everyone.  Local instructors have the opportunity to pass on their knowledge in many topics that might not otherwise be available.  You can find a class in just about any topic you can imagine.  His classes for example; where else would you find a class on cemetery history and symbolism, and take virtual tours of area cemeteries and their interesting residents? He’s been presenting "Carved in Stone," the cemetery history and symbolism class, for several years.  This past year he developed "Who Lies Beneath?"  It's a class based in part on the walking tours he used to give of cemeteries in Boise, but now it's a virtual tour of famous, infamous and interesting residents of many of the cemeteries in the Treasure Valley and Idaho.  

David says he will always be involved in EMS, as long as he’s able.  It's been his life for nearly four decades.  But he’ll also continue his passion for history, including that of cemeteries and burial grounds and customs, and volunteering. He does it for love and for the fun of it.  Life is too short to do things you hate, or don't bring you joy!