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David Lester Mittendorf

06/23/1950 - 09/08/2022
Service Date: 10/29/2022
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: City of Mesa Cemetery - 1212 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Visitation Date: 10/28/2022
Visitation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel - 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

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.

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

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Mr. Mittendorf is a great man. I enjoyed my time joking around with him and having some good laughs with him. I missed that when I lost my dad and It felt great to have a relationship with him whenever I saw him he will be missed.
    Rest easy Dave.
    Love Gabe & Ulate Family.

  • I really enjoyed working with Dave over the years. I have a lot of respect for him. He was always honest, fair, and hard working. He was quick to lend a hand when someone needed help. As previously mentioned, his sense of humor was great. I enjoyed being around him and will treasure the memories I have of him. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Gary Mittendorf

    A great brother and friend who was always ready to help others when needed. He will be missed by many who had the chance to know him and share their time with him while he was here. Rest in peace little brother.

  • My sincere condolences to the Mittendorf family. May he Rest In Peace with angels in heaven. 🙏

  • My condolences to the entire Mittendorf family, I’m sure his humor, kindness and generosity will live on thru his sons and their families of which he was very proud of. Hugs to each of you

  • Saul and Susan Armendariz

    May God continue watch over you all and may you find comfort and peace in all the memories shared. We love you oh so much!

  • James Baumgartner

    I pray for all of you. I first met David and Donna over 30 years ago. Semper Fi to my fellow Marine. A great man who I have respected and joked with for over 30 years. Rest in peace.

  • Jose and Elsa Arambula

    A great man we met thru his son Kevin always nice with a smile we used to buy oranges from Kevin or him and if we didn’t have a enough money he would tell us pay next time dad to hear he’s gone can’t really believe just last year Kevin said he was in Hawaii for.his 50th wedding anniversary May God Bless His Soul

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