David Franklyn Grant, 72, a lawyer who engaged in private law practice in Prince George's County for more than 20 years before retiring in the early 1980s, died of lung disease June 18 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Mr. Grant, who lived in Gambrills, was a native of Brockton, Mass. After serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, he received a law degree from George Washington University and began a private practice, which over the years handled many workers' compensation cases.

He was an active member of the American Legion, frequently organizing luncheons and entertainment at the Charlotte Hall veterans facility in St. Mary's County. He was a member of the Maryland Bar Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the College Park Moose Lodge, the Terrapin Club and the Oldie Moldies golf group at Glendale Golf Club.

His marriage to Dorothy M. Grant ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Grant of Gambrills; three children from his first marriage, William Grant of Silver Spring, Kathryn Moffy of Ijamsville and Anne Baugh of Greer, S.C.; three stepchildren, Kathy Mullins of Annapolis, Karen Hopkins of Bowie and Joann Nemecek of Odenton; a brother; six grandchildren; and six step-granchildren.