David W. Herter, 65

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David W. Herter, 65Westborough – David W. Herter, 65, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at the UMass Memorial Healthcare-University Hospital. He was the husband of Mary Jo (Conley) Herter.

Born in Waltham, he was the son of the late David J. and Emma M. (LoChiatto) Herter and was educated in Waltham schools. During the Vietnam era, he served with the United States Army.

Mr. Herter entered the field of high-tech in the late 1960s and spent 20-plus years in a variety of executive management roles. In 1991, he began his own business, consulting and recruiting executives for venture -backed companies. Starting his own business provided him with the freedom to devote more time to his real passion, writing. He was the published author of “News at Eleven.”

In his spare time, he enjoyed politics, all sports, fine dining, doing laps in his pool and, most of all, time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Marta L. Herter of Newport Beach, Calif.; one son, Matthew D. Herter of Westborough; one sister, Paula B. Faverio of Shenandoah, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Interment will be private. Calling hours are Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the David W. Herter Memorial Scholarship for Young Authors Fund, c/o Town Treasurer, 34 West Main St., Westborough, MA 01581. Make checks payable to Town of Westborough, noting the Herter Scholarship.

For online condolences, visit www.westboroughfuneralhome.com.