David Wayne Gillett passed on to be into eternity October 23rd, 2020 due to complications from a stroke.   He was preceeded in death by his parents Arthur A. and Iona E. Gillett.  He was born on September 21st, 1946 in Tampa, Florida.  David graduated from Jefferson High School in 1965.  Shortly after he finished high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and served 4 years.  Much of the time he was attached to the carrier USS Wasp.  He was fortunate to experience some space capsule reentry to earth as the Wasp recovered the capsule in the Atlantic Ocean. After discharge from the navy he was married to Belinda Fender and was married for 10 years. David was employed by Seaboard Coastline Railroad, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department and Merck Pharmaceuticals until retirement.  David is survived by his daughter, Lori Gillett, granddaughter Vanessa Alfaro, and great granddaughter Katelyn Alfaro.  He is also survived by his sister Sandra Gillett Odermatt along with neices and nephews.  In passing David left behind his companion of 30 years Judy Davis, her daughter Heather and granddaughter Skylar.  He was loved and will certainly be missed by family and friends.

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Dave was our Friend. I’m not sure how we met but I know we had a love for Dune Buggys. I’m sure that’s what brought us together. We spend almost every weekend, riding Webster dunes or Ocala National Forest trails. Those were the days I truly miss. Dave was always ready to ride, jump hills, drive straight up & turn around going straight down. Our lives went separate directions for many years, but grace of God we were able to share our friendship again before he passed. Love you Dave. You will be greatly missed.


You have been my friend for a lot of years. I will miss you terribly.