David Clayton Scholten

David Clayton Scholten, 63, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away September 27, 2019 at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD with his loving family at his side.

He was born on December 7, 1955 to the late Robert Edward Scholten and Frances Eloise Lugenbeel Scholten.

David was employed as an insurance claims adjuster for 33 years until his retirement in February 2017. On September 2, 1988 he married his beloved wife, Mary Diane Wood Scholten at Dent Memorial Chapel in Charlotte Hall, MD. Together they celebrated over 31 wonderful years of marriage.

Honored to be a son of a Master Sergeant and P.O.W, he was a patriot who loved his country and was proud to be an American. Ever respectful of those who serve and his Country, he enjoyed sharing that appreciation and reverence with all.

As an avid waterman, David spent much of his leisure time crabbing, oystering, fishing and boating as well as attending many exhibitions and shows on the subject. A passionate friend to the Chesapeake Bay, he lobbied for the preservation of the bay’s rockfish and oyster populations.

David spent quality time with family during vacations to Ocean City, Carolina Beach, Lake Anna, Shenandoah National Park and Luray. Over the years, he would also make regular pilgrimages to NASCAR races with his life-long friend, Phil Tucker, and Dover with his wife.

David overflowed with love for his Grandson, Ethan ‘The Boy’, whom he proudly watched dance, enjoyed listening to stories about his progress in school and took interest in his pursuits. He would often share in many of Ethan’s most meaningful experiences such as taking him fishing, teaching him to ride 4-wheelers and regularly imparting some of life’s most important lessons.

Proud to make his home ‘on the farm’, David meticulously cared for his home, and graciously extended that same love to all regardless of need and without fail. Always sharing his abundance of garden, catch, grill and heart, David’s infectious smile and passionate charisma kept all those he opened his home to in high spirits.

He tirelessly shared his possessions, humor, passion, guidance and never failed to extend a helping hand to all around- He Was A Good Man.

In addition to his beloved wife, David is also survived by his daughter, Laura Ann Howard (Wayne) of Leonardtown, MD; his sister: Linda Susan Slade (Joe); his grandson, Ethan James Howard, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his siblings: Robert Edward “Bobby” Scholten, Jr, Pamelia Ann “Pam” Reinoehl, John Braden “Johnny” Scholten and William Hamilton “Billy” Scholten.

Family will receive friends for David’s Life Celebration on Sunday, October 6, 2019, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with Prayers recited at 3:00 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Drew Royals on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 29119 Point Lookout Road, Morganza, MD 20660. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandson, Ethan Howard, and his nephews: Brendon Burch, Cole Hayden, Johnny Scholten, Matt Slade, Shawn Slade, and Kevin Wood. Honorary pallbearers will be his nephew, Dale Scholten and his nieces: Lindsey Burch, Tammy Burch, Krista Hayden, Mackenzie Hayden, Richelle Caffrey, Tracy Slade Carver, Kari Crane, Christiana Keefer, Valerie Ripple, Blair Scholten, Andrea Siple, Brittany Smith, Alix Streit, Robin Wood, and Angi Wright.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chesapeake Bay Foundation or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Arrangements by Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

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