Colorful and outspoken, Hall was known for his civic concern, quick wit and ability to cut through red tape.
Born July 13, 1906 in Miamisburg, Hall worked for the family laundry business and later went into real estate.
In 1962 he was appointed to the Dayton City Commission and three years later was elected mayor. In a post-election interview with Dayton's Phil Donahue, Hall called his victory "the greatest thing since Ex-Lax."
Quotable to the end, Hall said when failing health compelled him to resign on April 28, 1970, "my only regret is that I'm going to lose the best parking spot in town."
Hall was mayor in 1966 when the city was split by race riots sparked by the shooting of a black man. Still in his pajama tops Hall stood weeping in the middle of West Third Street. Don Crawford, the city's first black city commissioner, later recalled his surprise at seeing a white politician walking into the middle of the unrest. Crawford said the mayor wept "because his town was in trouble."
Hall lived downtown nearly all of his life and after he left office the city named a plaza for him at Fifth and Main streets. During the 1971 dedication he told the crowd "if you don't treat me right I'm gonna throw you out of my plaza."
Hall and his wife, Ann, had three sons, Mike, Sam and Tony. Sam Hall won a silver medal in the 1960 Olympics, and Tony Hall went on to become a U.S. Congressman.
Dave Hall died of a heart attack on Aug. 22, 1977. He was 71.
Selected Dayton Daily News stories:Dave Hall dies at 71; colorful former mayor
Dayton Daily News, Aug. 22, 1977.
Hall was outrageous, endearing at same time