David Turner, a sound engineer for country singer Josh Turner, was tragically killed in a bus crash on September 19 at the age of 64. David Turner is survived by his wife, Jamie, and daughter, Ada, as well as two grandsons.
David Turner was no relation to Josh Turner. The San Luis Obispo Fire Department said that Turner was the only fatality as a result of the crash while seven other people were injured. Two of those people have major injuries, while five have moderate injuries. Josh Turner and his band were traveling in a different bus and were unharmed.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Josh Turner Has Postponed the Rest of His Tour
As a result of the crash, Josh Turner has postponed the rest of his tour dates. A press release from the California Highway Patrol said that the bus carrying Josh Turner’s crew drove off of a 50-foot cliff at around 11:30 p.m. on Highway 46 East in San Luis Obispo. The driver of the bus has been named as Bradley Dratnol, 39. He was injured in the crash and is being treated at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
A statement from Universal Music Group Nashville read, via the San Luis Obispo Tribune, “Josh Turner and his road family have suffered a devastating loss. Please keep the crew, band and Josh in your thoughts and prayers… Everyone is still processing what’s happened.” The Tribune reports that Turner was thrown from the bus during the crash, as was another person. The crash occurred around 15 minutes drive from where Josh Turner had performed, at the Vina Robles Amphitheater in Paso Robles.
2. Turner Had Been Working With Josh Turner Since January 2006
Speaking to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, a friend of David Turner’s confirmed his death. The newspaper said that Turner was a resident of Oxford, Mississippi and originally hailed from the town of Bruce. According to Turner’s LinkedIn page, he was a monitor engineer for Josh Turner Enterprises. Turner worked with the “Your Man” singer since January 2006.
3. Turner Has Worked Country Legends Such as Tammy Wynette & Conway Twitty
Turner has been involved in country music since 1984, he says on LinkedIn. Turner has worked as a production manager for country legend Tammy Wynette from 1984 until 1991 as well as having worked with Hank Williams J.R. and Conway Twitty. Turner was a music graduate from the University of Mississippi.
In October 2015, Turner was named as one of those participating in no-shave November in aid of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
4. Turner Is Being Remembered for His ‘Signature Smile’
Mississippi historian John B. Cofield paid a beautiful tribute to Turner in a Facebook post that read, “It was with a heavy heart I learned that the one death reported in the California tour bus accident late last night, and on the national news today, was that of Oxford’s David Turner. In happier times with his buddies (seated, center), a unique set of Oxonians, and later with a signature smile.”
5. Turner Performed at One of President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Balls
Turner performed at the Georgia State Society’s Donald Trump presidential inaugural gala in January 2017. Turner had also previously performed at inaugural balls for President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush in addition to official Memorial Day and Independence Day events in Washington D.C.