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David D. Mudd

David D. Mudd

August 21, 1932 - April 15, 2017     Age: 84

David de Sales “Dave” Mudd Sr., 84, of Amelia Island, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 15, 2017, surrounded by his family.

David was born on his mother’s birthday, Aug. 21, in Winchester, Va. He was the son of the late Richard Edlen and Sara Jane Burke Mudd. At an early age, he moved to Towson, Md., where he grew up in a large family. Dave was the youngest of 13 children. He graduated from Towson Catholic High School and attended college before joining the United States Air Force. He was very proud of time spent serving his country. In 1953, he married his best friend and love, Fran Mudd. Their life together was full of adventure. After many stops along the way, he moved to Amelia Island in 1973. He retired after 40 years as an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Dave was a caring, loving and kind person. He was known for his quick wit, and rarely did a day go by that he didn’t make someone laugh or smile by telling a story or joke. His laughter was quite infectious. He was a family man and was always involved in family activities. Dave liked to travel and play golf, bridge with Fran and cards with his family. He always made sure his family was happy and well cared for. Dave and Fran were often involved in community projects. He was an avid Baltimore Orioles fan and attended many games by traveling to various ballparks to cheer on his O’s. Dave also enjoyed spending time with his dogs, Sadie and Sheldon.

In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Frances Boland Mudd; his son-in-law, Jeffery Johnson; and his 12 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his four children; David D. Mudd Jr. (Angeline), Dr. Margaret A. “Peggy” Mudd and Patrick R. Mudd, all of Fernandina Beach, and Mary Ellen Mudd Johnson of Fleming, Ga.; two grandsons, Jason (Tabitha) Mudd of Fernandina Beach, and Gabriel Mudd (Alex) of Jackson, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren, Molly and Simon Mudd of Fernandina Beach, and Aidan and Amelia Mudd of Jackson; his sister-in-law, Margaret A. “Peggy” Ousborne and brother-in-law, Dr. Albert Ousborne of Baltimore; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

His family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at St. Michael Catholic Church. He will be laid to rest with his wife at Bosque Bello Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Dave’s name to Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s Warner Center for Caring, 1348 S. 18th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors

19 Condolences

  • Holly Bagley Posted April 17, 2017 11:26 am

    Patrick, Sheldon and Family,
    You all are in our my thoughts, and prayers always. We are very sorry for your loss. “Dad” will be missed by so many. We are always here for you.
    Love, Holly, Zaylie, Zeek, Zelan, Julie

  • Rick Warren and family Posted April 17, 2017 2:29 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Mudd was a great man and will be missed beyond measure. He is a happy man in Heaven now with his bride. May God give each one of the family members strength to go forward. Keeping you in our prayers.

  • Catie Cosentino Posted April 17, 2017 10:15 pm

    I’m so sorry for you and your Family …Sending prayers and hugs…..Love you all bunches

  • Cheri Fisher Posted April 17, 2017 10:45 pm

    Patrick & the rest of the Mudd family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Kathy Crockett Posted April 18, 2017 8:09 am

    Dave & Family ~ I am so very sorry for your loss and pray that God’s love will grant you peace and keep you in HIS presence. Take shelter and calm in the love of your friends and family in this most difficult time.
    God Bless & keep you all in HIS loving care.
    Much love & prayers.

  • ANTHONY J. ETTARO AND MYRNA ETTARO Posted April 18, 2017 6:22 pm

    May the Lord bless the family with His peace and love now and in the days to come. God bless. With love and prayers.

  • Larry McCorkle Posted April 18, 2017 8:16 pm

    RIP my friend

  • Kara Chesser Posted April 18, 2017 10:24 pm

    So sorry for your loss Peggy.

  • David Venters Posted April 19, 2017 7:49 am

    I had the pleasure of working for David. He was a great manager.

  • Douglas C, Pearson Sr. Posted April 19, 2017 8:02 am

    It is with great sorrow to hear of the loss of this true professional. With fond recall we live through our memories, and Dave was a pro in every sense of the word. Please know our prayers are with all of the family as you celebrate his life.

  • Gordon Reynolds Posted April 19, 2017 8:49 am

    We worked together at JAX Ceenter. He was a good friend and a dedicated professional. Our prayers are with his family and friends.

  • Judy and Joe Fournier Posted April 19, 2017 9:08 am

    We will always have very fond memories of your Dad — he was so special to those who were fortunate enough to know him and even to those who didn’t– he will be missed by all. David, Peggy, MaryEllen and Patrick, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Judy and Joe Fournier

  • Gary Sharp Posted April 19, 2017 9:11 am

    Dave was more than my crew chief. I thought of him as my friend. His passing is a loss to us all.

  • Carl and Barbara Anderson Posted April 19, 2017 10:20 am

    Peggy and Family,
    We are sorry to hear about your loss. I’m sure your dad will be missed by all his family and friends. Our prayers are with you.

  • Don and Dawn Ellis Posted April 19, 2017 11:34 am

    I worked with Dave for several years and considered him a good man and a friend. The sadness of his passing should not overshadow the fond memory of his life. God bless his family and many friends. He will be missed.

  • JIM AND BARB MCCREADY Posted April 19, 2017 4:29 pm


  • Mary Vanzant Posted April 19, 2017 5:32 pm

    I worked in the office at the FAA Center but worked on different projects with him. He was very resourceful and really supported his employees.

  • Stephen Willett Posted April 20, 2017 8:52 pm

    Dave Mudd was a good man to work for and with because he was a good man. I have fond memories of him and admired him. Rear in peace. May God Bless the Mudd family.

  • Crissi Sapp Posted April 22, 2017 6:08 am

    Patrick & Gabe I’m extremely sorry for your loss. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. He maybe be gone from this world but he is in the next preparing for the day when you all are reunited. Your father is a Christian and he will be moving and preparing for your return to him someday. My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your families. Sincerely, Crissi, Lakin, Liam

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