David Wayne Mathews, 70, passed away on March 4, 2023. David was the middle child to Joe and Eva Mathews of Winter Garden, Florida, born on May 28, 1952, in Orlando, Florida. David was a graduate of Lakeview High School, Class of 1971, and of Florida Southern, Bachelor of Science, Class of 1981.
He was employed by C.G. Tilden Estate Groves for 25 years. He transitioned into agriculture research for the last 20 years after the fall of citrus from the area.
David was married to Carol Farnsworth for 33 years until her passing in 2008. He remained a devote widower for the rest of his life, having met his lifelong partner at Lakeview High School.
David is survived by his son, Douglas Farnsworth Mathews, and wife (Kathryn) and two beautiful granddaughters, Mary Tilden “Tilly” and Tyler Mae Mathews, who he spoiled every chance he had. He is also survived by his sisters, Sandra Chissoe and Melanie Brown, as well as his older brother, Danny Mathews. He was predeceased by his father, mother and brother Dennis.
Services for David will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2023, at First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden. Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall at the church. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Doctors Without Borders, one of David’s favorite charities.