David Lawrence “Dave” Hlubek (August 28, 1951 – September 3, 2017) was the lead guitarist and founding member of the Southern rock band Molly Hatchet.
Dave Hlubek was born in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of 5 or 6, Hlubek and his family moved to the naval base in Oahu, Hawaii, where he attended Waikiki Elementary School. From there, Hlubek’s father was transferred and the family moved to Sunnyvale, California, then to Mountain View, and finally settling in San Jose. There he attended the same Junior High School as Wayne Newton. It was the South Bay that Dave called home during the next few years, before moving back to Jacksonville, Florida around 1965. There he attended and graduated from Forrest High School.
He died of a heart attack on September 3, 2017, at the age of 66.