David Owens graduated from Stanford University in 1962 with an AB in Economics and from Harvard Law School in 1965. He is married to the former Georgia Garff, and they have six children and 16 grandchildren. David served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in North German/Berlin in 1959-1962. He practiced heirship law for 20 years in California. David and Georgia now live in Salt Lake City.