David Victor Mast was born in Escondido, CA on August 2, 1957 and passed away on February 20, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Loretta Mast, his daughter, Jessica Vitela, his niece that was like his daughter, Misty Snow, his son-in-law, Louie Vitela, and the light of his life, Ezekiel DAVID Vitela, his brothers, Larry Mast, Ronnie Mast, Richard Mast, Luke Mast, William Mast, a cousin that was like a brother, Buzz Mast, as well as many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and sons & daughters in the faith. He is preceded in death by his father, Lon Victor Mast, his mother, Dorothy Thompson, and sister, Vicky Counts.
Dave pastored and poured his heart into NewLife Church for 30+ years, and loved the community he was a part of. He was a father figure to hundreds of men and women, spanning generations and mentored dozens of young leaders. He had a tough exterior but was never not afraid to be tender, often saying, “It’s okay to not be okay”. Dave never forgot a single name, would offer duct-tape solutions for any situation like a man’s man would, and always worked circles around every young guy on the jobsite. Dave and his daughter, Jessica, were just alike; both strong and stubborn. And although they bumped heads often, they loved each other deeply and he instilled in her a loving strength only a father could give. Papa Dave enjoyed endless hours with this grandson Zeke, where they played ‘Zombies’, Hotwheels, and pruned up like raisins every summer as they lived in the pool. But most of all, he fiercely loved his wife of 47 years, Loretta. Nothing could ever break that love; not sickness, not time, and not even death.
How could somebody be so blessed? Well, as Dave would often say, “I’m God’s favorite”.
The family will hold a public viewing at 11:00 AM at NewLife Church, 2012 W. Morton Ave, Porterville, CA, on Monday, March 1, 2021. The Celebration of Life Service will be following the viewing and begin at 1:00 PM. Thank you Les & Kim Peters at Porterville Funeral & Cremation Service, 765 W. Henderson Ave, Porterville, for taking care of the arrangements and loving our family through this time.
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