David Franklin Ponds, 30, a machinist and former U.S. park policeman here, died Aug. 31 in an automobile accident near Beaver Falls, Pa.

Born in Washington, Mr. Ponds graduated from Archbishop John Carroll High School and attended Virginia Union University in Richmond. He had served briefly as a member of the D.C. National Guard, and then worked for the park police here before moving to Youngstown, Ohio, in 1972.

At time of his death, Mr. Ponds was enrolled at Youngstown State University's School of Engineering, and was working in the machinist apprenticeship program at Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company.

As a youth, Mr. Ponds belonged to the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Youth Organization. He served as an altar boy at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, and was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Youngstown; four brothers, John W., of Pittsburgh, Richard E., of Portland, Maine, William V., of Washington and Thomas C., of Avon, Colo; four sisters, Elizabeth A., of Baltimore, Deborah M., of Washington, Katherine E., of New York City, and Margaret A., of Washington, and his parents, Johnny W. and Annie G. Ponds, of Washington.