David W. Mathews

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David Wayne Mathews, passed away peacefully on Oct 11, 2022, at Sanford Hospital.

David was born November 11, 1955, to Lillian and Wayne Mathews of Moorhead, MN. He attended school in Fargo and Moorhead before graduating from Moorhead High School in 1974.

In 1975, he joined the U.S. Navy and then was discharged in 1977. David graduated from Molar Barber College and worked as a Master Barber for 20 years. He started his career in Williston, ND and later moved to Las Vegas, NV.

In 2007, David moved back to Fargo and operated “Touch of Vegas” Barber shop inside of the Bowler for a few years.

His hobbies included cribbage, reading, fishing, and carving Indian Kachina dolls at the bottom of the Grand Canyon in the 80’s. He had many stories to tell about those 2 years.

In August of 2006 he married Kathleen Patch in Fargo.

David is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sister, Deb Sorlie, West Fargo, ND, Tammy Shiek, Fargo, ND; brother, Todd Shiek, Fargo, ND; Two daughters, Krissy Hraha, Plano, TX, and Kyle Buckingham, Big Fork, MN; 8 grandchildren; good friend, Bobby Stevens, Las Vegas, NV; Two stepsons, Dustin and John Patch, Fargo, ND.

David was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; many uncles and aunts; and brother, Bruce and sister, Faith.


Visitation - Saturday: October 15, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Funeral Service : October 15, 2022 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. Kathy, Deb, Todd, and Tammy,
    I am so sorry for your loss of Dave! I have memories and Grandma & Grandpas when Dave came home to visit from Vegas. He had that ponytail, and I always thought he was so cool. Turns out, he was pretty cool even when I grew up. Although I didn’t see him very often, we messaged with each other on Facebook. He encouraged me when I was going through cancer, and I did the same for him. I am sending all of you prayers of peace and comfort.
    Rest in Peace, Dave.

  2. I was so sad to hear of Dave’s passing. I remember him and my brother Chad hanging out when I was young and Dave was always good to me and a great cousin. He will be missed.

  3. Kathy, Deb, Tammy and Todd
    God’s peace be with you. David was a great guy, every time I think of him I smile. He will be missed
    Love and peace, Carrie

  4. David was my birthday cousin, we were both born on Nov 11th.
    That was always kind of cool to me when I was growing up! So sorry for your loss. I will not be able to attend the service but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. My dear brother Dave, you are going to be really missed. I’m just so glad you are no longer in pain. I keep replaying over in my mind how every time we called each other you would always say “Hey Tam”. I can still hear you saying it, and it gives me comfort each time I think of it.
    So the sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay for having had them in our lives.
    I will miss your funny e-mails and stories. You had a great sense of humor and it will be missed.
    Life is not forever, but love is, and I will love you forever Dave. RIP

    • Tammy, such a beautiful tribute. You are so right in saying that our sorrows and losses are so greatly felt but so worth the times and memories made from a relationship. It would be an empty world without them. Your family has had more than your share of lost relationships. Deb, too, has been in my prayers. David was very humorous and brought many smiles to our faces growing up. Love the photo you chose to post here.

  6. Kathy and family, it is so hard to lose our loved ones. He was a good man. He is now able to rest in peace.

  7. Kathy and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. It was a pleasure getting to know your family and having the honor of caring for Dave. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

    With love,
    Fargo VAMC Oncology/Infusion Center

  8. Dave was a unique and hard working man with a delightful sense of humor. He could certainly tell a colorful story and keep you laughing. My condolences to Kathy and the rest of Dave’s family may your memories with him sustain you until you meet again one day in eternal life. 🙏
    Your free David no more pain no more suffering RIP my friend.

  9. Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss I wish I could be there for the service but I am out of town. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers

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