David met Jane Clarke in the early 1990s and they married in 1992. David ran a stall on a market in Walthamstow.
David is the first husband of Jane Collins who suffers from Huntington's disease and lives in a hospice. Jane keeps David a secret from her new boss Ian Beale, but one day Ian demands to know why she is infrequent with her work, and Jane takes him to meet David. Ian regularly visits him until David dies on New Year's Eve 2004, leaving Jane heartbroken, as she had had sex with Ian prior to his death.
In January 2008, it is revealed that Jane's brother Christian Clarke had been in love with David.