Dave Cloutier was born November 22, 1938, in Gardiner, Maine. A graduate of Gardiner High School, where he played football, basketball and ran track, he scored 114 points in his senior year which was a school record and received All-State honors. His high school football teams won two state championships in 1954 and 1955.

He also was named to the All-State basketball team as a senior. In track, he set the state high school javelin record in his senior year. 

He went on to play at the University of South Carolina and transferred to the University of Maine after his freshman year. In 1959, he tied a school record with 159 rushing yards while also leading the team in rushing and scoring.

In 1960, although he was limited with injuries, he finished second on the team in rushing. In 1961 as a senior, he led the team in scoring and finished second on the team in receiving, while contributing to an undefeated season and was All-State and was the team MVP. He finished his career with 174 carries for 1,025 yards and 92 points.

He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 18th round of the 1962 NFL Draft, but signed with the Buffalo Bills. After suffering an ankle injury in 1962 he was waived. After coaching for a year at Kennebunk High School and playing as a running back with the Portland Seahawks of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1963, he signed to play with the Boston Patriots in 1964. With the Patriots, he returned punts and kickoffs for 182 yards and was released before the 1965 season.

After football, Dave returned to Maine to work in real estate, in which he continued after he moved to Florida. 

Dave Cloutier was inducted into the University of Maine Hall of Fame and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. He passed away on November 6, 2017, at age 78, in Palm Coast, Florida.