SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.-David L. Burkhart, former editor of Modern Tire Dealer and Tire Review, died May 4 of cancer at his home in San Clemente. He was 54. Mr. Burkhart spent most of his career in public relations, specializing in the tire and trucking industries. In 1983, he became managing editor of Modern Tire Dealer, and was promoted to editor in 1985. He left that publication in 1986. In April 1988 he became editor of , serving at that magazine until January 1990.
One year later he joined a San Clemente-based public relations firm, Lenac, Warford & Stone Inc., as director of public relations, a post he held until his death. While at Lenac, Warford & Stone he worked on the Kumho U.S.A. Inc. account and published the Kumho Dealer News quarterly newsletter.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy-Ann; two sons; two daughters; and two grandchildren.