David Franklin Lidbury (b 1935) is the son of Jim and Pearl Lidbury of Bengough, Saskatchewan. After graduating from high school at Radville Christian College in 1953, he attended Freed-Hardeman college, Abilene Christian College, University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Regina. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees.
David married Shirley Hansen (a 1961 graduate of Western) on June 30, 1962, at Bromhead, Saskatchewan. They have three daughters: Janelle (1963), Milessa (1965), and Kathy Jo (1969), all graduates of Western.
David was employed for 17 years at Western Christian College (1955- 56, 1960-76). During that time, he left his mark in many areas of college life. He has been classroom teacher, homeroom teacher, hockey coach, basketball coach, football coach, drama director, vice-principal, principal, and dean of the college.
Furthermore, he has effected important milestones in college history. He worked within the organization of Saskatchewan Private Schools for increased financial assistance form the department of education, inaugurated the junior college liberal arts and advanced Bible programs, and negotiated with the University of Regina for one year of classes to be accredited.
Since he resigned in 1976, David has been principal of a school at Yellowknife, North West Territories, and he has been a member of the college board of directors since 1979.
David Lidbury was chosen Alumnus of the Year 1968.