David Lester Mittendorf, a Marine Veteran and a local citrus farmer for over 45 years in Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at the age of 72.
David began farming citrus with his father in law, Lawrence Armistead, in the early 1970’s. As citrus acreages began to be sold and subdivided in the Mesa area he added an irrigation service for homeowners to maintain the remaining citrus trees on the home lots with flood irrigation.
David was born in Fairmont, Minnesota on June 23, 1950. He loved to fish and when he was young spent several weeks every summer at his grandfather’s cabin on Leach Lake in northern Minnesota fishing and boating. He enjoyed traveling and loved cruising, especially to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera.
He will be missed for his quick sense of humor, his generosity to those around him who needed a hand, and his bright and caring personality.
David is survived by his wife, Donna F Mittendorf, 3 sons, D. Kevin Mittendorf, Christopher A. Mittendorf and Ryan T. Mittendorf. 2 daughters in law, Kathleen Mittendorf and Erin Fillmore. David is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Dominic V. Mittendorf, 17, Tegan E. Mittendorf, 8 and Taylor R. Mittendorf, 6.
A visitation will be scheduled at a later date at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201.
A graveside celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date at Mesa City Cemetery, 1212 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201.
In lieu of flowers donations to Wounded Warrior Project in David’s name would be appreciated. Wounded Warrior Project, 777 E Missouri Avenue Suite 103, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Telephone: 480.946.0663 Fax: 480.946.3686