David P. Mathews, 1932-2020

July 6, 2020

David P. Mathews, 87, long time teacher for New Prairie Schools, passed away June 14, 2020 in Green Valley, AZ. He is survived by Donna, his wife of 66 years.  She resides at LaPosada Nursing Care in Green Valley.  


David began his teaching career as band director at the former New Carlisle High School.  He left teaching to sell band instruments, then came back to New Carlisle and later New Prairie High School to complete his career teaching English.  He and Donna also established a successful auction business. 


He was born in Knox, Indiana in August, 1932.  After graduating from North Central College in Naperville, Il. (where he met Donna), he earned an M.A. in music from Butler University.  


As a long time resident of LaPosada retirement community, he taught English as a second language and studied guitar.  


Graveside services will be at Hamilton Cemetery at a date and time to be determined. The date and time of service will be posted on the Community of New Carlisle Facebook page.  Kaniewski Funeral Home handled local arrangements.  


Memorial contributions may be made to New Prairie High School for a scholarship to honor an outstanding English student (please note David Mathews scholarship) c/o New Prairie High School, 5333 N. Cougar Rd., New Carlisle, In. 46552 or to the animal shelter of your choice.

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