Dave Wolverton was born David John Wolverton on May 15, 1957, in Springfield, Oregon, United States. He was the fourth of six children. He lived in Oregon for the first 18 years of his life. His family was quite poor, so he worked as a farm laborer from the age of 8. When he was 11 his father opened a small meat company in Monroe, Oregon and he began working as a meat cutter by the age of 12.