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David Christopher DiMattia

August 5, 1979August 11, 2019

It is with the greatest sadness to announce the passing of David Christopher DiMattia on August 11, 2019. David was born on August 5th, 1979 in New Orleans, LA. Growing up in Rincon, GA, David discovered his passion for Scouting at an early age and was extremely active with Pack 165 and Troop 665. His dedication was evident as he earned the highly coveted Eagle Scout rank, invited to the Order of the Arrow and earned 3 Eagle Palms at the young age of 16 in 1995. After graduating High School in 1998, his life would be forever changed when he met the love of his life, Venessa, in October of that year. That love, which lasted a lifetime, would be amplified with the birth of their son Ocean on September 30, 1999. Together, the trio embarked on their adventures through life when they moved to Jacksonville, FL in 2000. The next 7 years David explored his passion for cars by joining Jax Dubs Car Club and shared his love for VWs and NOPI Nationals with his ever growing group of friends. In 2008 his son Ocean expressed interest in Scouting and to David’s delight he was once again in the fold of the Boy Scouts of America. His life then took on his most passionate role of leading young Scouts and watching his son grow in his footsteps through the ranks. David became a Den Leader with Pack 268 and then later Assistant Scout Master in 2011 - 2014 and finally Scout Master with Troop 268 from 2015 - 2018. His love for Scouting and his son took him on camping adventures throughout the Southeast and as far as Philmont in New Mexico. He was also continuously active with the North Florida Council Order of the Arrow, Troop 268 Venturing Crew and devoted to the progress of young men in Scouting. During those years David gained countless friends and forged relationships that would stand the test of time. David was an avid hunter and spent his time outside of Scouts hunting deer, gator, hog and fishing with his nephew/hunting buddy Blake. David’s determination to always help those in need, his ardent confidence in himself and maintaining bravery in the face of opposition exemplified his dedication to the Scout Law. David leaves behind countless friends and family including his wife Venessa; sons, Ocean and Parker of Jacksonville, FL; mother and father, Mike and Patricia Risinger of Rincon, GA; sister, Priscilla of Guton, GA; brother, Quinton (dec.); nephews, Blake and Oliver of Guyton, GA; Aunt PeeWee and cousins, Chris, Jacquelyn and Jessica Boyd of Springfield, LA.; grandmother, Joyce Risinger of Baton Rouge, LA; Uncle Luke and Vicky DiMattia; cousins, Laura and Lacy, Aunt JoAnn and Cousin Becky Lupo, Aunt Tammy and cousins Sandi and Joshua DiMattia of Independence, LA; Kurt and Beth Risinger, cousins Kristofer and Kevin of Baton Rouge, LA; Uncle Tommy and Auntie Michele and cousin TJ of Ponchatoula, LA; parents-in- law, Freddy and Victalia Velasquez, siblings-in-law Gilbert and Vicki, David and Sarah, Crystal, Damien and Kayla (Brenda) and Marcus and nieces and nephews Anahi, Leo, Michael and Maddie of Navasta, TX and lifelong friend Casey Arnsdorff of Savanah, GA. Venessa would like to acknowledge thanks to BSA Troop 268, Venturing Crew, Trader Joe's and the many friends and family who brought food, love and support during their time of need. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the BSA North Florida Council http://www.nfcscouting.org . A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 19, 2019 at The Church of Eleven22, 4911 Losco Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com 904-288-0025.


  • Celebration of Life Monday, August 19, 2019


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Jason Carroll

August 19, 2019

David was a great man always a pleasure when i was able to visit him and talk cars and scouts with him at Michelle and Tommy's house.  Love Eucaris and Jason Carroll

Kaylee LaRocque

August 16, 2019

Dave, Venessa and Ocean have been a great part of our lives and part of our village raising the boys. I'll never forget not only all the Scouting events but the parties in our backyard celebrating various milestones. And of course our annual fireworks party where Dave took control and put on a great show for the kids! So many happy memories. I hope they help Venessa and Ocean though this difficult time.

Kevin Donahue

August 14, 2019

To the family of David DiMatta -- I did not know David well, but I knew him through Scouting. You did not need to know David well to know what was important to him. Scouting and its values were important to David. Fulfilling his duty to self and to others was important to David. Passing along those same values and inspiring others was important to David. As an Eagle Scout and a Scoutmaster, David received many accolades; perhaps the greatest accolade one can give an Eagle is that he fulfilled his Oath. None of us will ever know how many lives David touched by working with Scouts and by the lives that were later touched through the service of those Scouts, but I know David was a leader. David was an example for others. David was respected not only for what he had attained but for how he conducted himself. A man who lifted others up and inspired others to do so. David is an Eagle Scout and now he has been called to soar above us all. To the DiMatta family, may God's grace bring you strength and peace.

Patricia DiMattia

August 14, 2019

David Christopher it's your mom. You know i was never good at face booking so here i go.Your are my first born ,my heart ,my soul the better part of me . you taught me how to be strong and how to keep going and never stop doing ,no matter how hard it got. and if you my son can be strong with all the pain that you carried every day of your life .then i will never stop doing. So you can rest now, cause you walk with Jesus and he has healed you of all your pain you carried every day of your shot life. If only i could have taken your pain and carried it on my self u would of a million times over .your smile and love you had far all of your family and your friends. You will never be forgotten,not by me your dad are your sister and nephews.not by your wife and son. Not by your aunts and uncles and cousins and your friends. only wish i could hold you in my arms and tell you how much I've love you .my ❤ is breaking far my lost of my precious son. Rest now its ok.
Your Mom

Kristofer Risinger

August 13, 2019

Man this hurts. I still can’t believe you’re gone. The laughter and fun times I with you had will always be remembered. My only regret is that we didn’t have more of them. Although way too short, You lived your life to the fullest. An example I think every person should follow, and one this person will follow. Watch over us brother. Thank you

Tommy DiMattia, Sr

August 13, 2019

Boy am I going to miss you. We never had a dull moment that's for sure! Always laughing and making sure we were having a ball. Thank you for being someone for my son to look up to. You were always living, trying anything and making that next deal. I know we will meet again. RIP Nephew! Unlce Tommy

Beth and Kurt Risinger

August 13, 2019

Uncle Kurt and I will never forget the laughter and joy you brought to our family. You always managed you makes us all laugh until our bellies hurt and tears rolled down our faces. You were an awesome dad, husband, son and nephew. You will be missed greatly, but never will be forgotten. Fly high, David, fly high.

Dan Frawley

August 13, 2019

I too only knew him through Casey (and what great friends they were) and as "Yellerneck" … he was an absolute pleasure to be around and it was so obvious that he put his ALL into everything he did. Knowing he will be dearly missed by family, friends and those who had the pleasure of knowing him …. Deepest Sympathy … RIP

Terry Tuttle

August 12, 2019

Yellerneck was such a great guy. He was here when my brother was so sick, willing to help in any way. Loved to hear his hunting stories. Such a good friend to my nephew Casey. Gone way too young, but God has other plans for him. RIP

Deborah Lamprecht

August 12, 2019

I remember how David always said he was going to be an Eagle Scout. I watched as he worked on all his badges and all the hard work to achieve his dream. His mother and I are best friends for 32 yrs, I also went to the Ceremony when he made Eagle Scout. He had the biggest smile !!! He was a positive person and did things that some people might not think possible. I will miss you. Love, Debbie