Obituaries – 07-08-2020

David L. Lester

David L. Lester

David L. Lester, 81, of Holmes Beach, died June 19.

He was born Nov. 19, 1938.

His career included work at NASA as a space engineer during Apollo 11, water analyst for Southwest Florida Water Management District, Honeywell facility director and environmental consultant to the Florida citrus industry.

He played golf and, as U.S. Amateur player, qualified and played the World Amateur in 1983. He also was an accomplished long-distance runner.

He also was a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed boat captain.

Mr. Lester served the community of Lakeland on the zoning and variance committee and, more recently, served Holmes Beach as a volunteer on the planning and charter review committees.

The U.S. flag at Holmes Beach City Hall was lowered to half mast in his honor the week of June 29.

He married Angela in 1984. They were 10-year Holmes Beach residents and intermittently owned a second home on Anna Maria Island.

A private service will be held at sea. Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation at

Mr. Lester is survived by his wife of 35 years, Angela; daughters Elizabeth Dumville, Lynda Giles and Susan Wannamacher; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and stepsons Brian DeMott and Chris DeMott.