David L. Lathrop, age 71, of Prior Lake, MN, passed away at his home on Thursday, May 4, 2023.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 11 am, with a time of gathering from 9:30-10:45 am, at Hosanna Church, 9600 163rd Street West, Lakeville, MN. The Prior Lake VFW Honor Guard will provide military honors for David.
David’s soul belonged in the outdoors. If he wasn’t catching it or shooting it, he was processing it in his shed or finding a new delectable way to cook it. He spent much of his free time in the deer stand, on his boat, or waiting in the shadows for his next trophy. Hunting and fishing were traditions, something he shared with his dad and brothers, an area where he mentored numerous people. He anticipated deer camp where he spoiled friends and family with delicious meals he planned before they spent the day in the stands. David spent countless hours in the shed with his dad, processing deer and reliving all of the stories they shared.
David loved his country and was proud to serve it both while enlisted in the Army and afterward. He served for years as a member of the Honor Guard and could regularly be found at the local VFW, providing his time to help in any way he could. David spoke often of the many ways God had blessed him in this life; his faith was ever present. He loved to entertain, whether it was one of his famous fish fry’s, a dance party in the meat shed, a gigantic bonfire, or stories on the patio, he was happy to fill his home with laughter and love. He loved in a big way and he was always happy to show it with a huge bear hug and a big, wet kiss from his unforgettable “Lathrop Lips.”
David will be forever missed and loved by wife: Kay: children, Jenni Lathrop, Meredith Lathrop, Rob Jurgens, Anriel Koontz; grandchildren, Briana, Kyra, Caelan, Abby, Brandon; great grandchildren, London, Leila, Cassius; brothers, Brad Lathrop, Bob (Wanda) Lathrop, Tim (Renee) Lathrop, Dan (Raeann) Lathrop; other relatives and friends.
Greeting David home in Heaven are his granddaughter, Jasmine, parents, Lawrence and Geraldine and brother, Steven Lathrop.
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So sorry for your loss, Dave will be missed by so many people
Was a great friend and man will be missed no more suffering
Prayers for all of you , your dad , grandfather , friend will be missed ❤️
Dave was a dear, life long family friend. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. We love you man! Condolences to the entire family!
– The Neves Family
He was truly one of a kind and will be missed deeply!! Live will never be the same without you!! He was like my second dad!! Love you Lathrop !!! The man the myth the legend!!! Love dinkus!!
Paul D Degel
Wish we knew each other more intimately. I remember listening to his military stories and him listening to mine when we saw each other. He always had a “beer chip” for me when I visited his VFW.
P.D. “Paul” Degel
Kaye and family, Big hugs, he was one hell of a friend, damn it,
I am so sorry. Dave was always awesome to me , when I worked at the VFW. God bless your family. !!
❤️We have lost another great guy, and I know heaven is more “joyful” place today, because of him. RIP David.
Timmy, Renee, and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.❤️
Joyce & Rand
Dear Kaye, may God’s love comfort you. May your “gentle giant” rest in peace with The Holy Spirit. Sending our deepest condolence.
My condolences to Kay and her family. Dave will be missed greatly. We appreciated everything he did at the vfw.
Kim and Nan
“Dude, what the hell man! “ I’ve heard that way too many times over the last 35 years from Dave. He was an amazing man. Someone I’m proud to call my friend. You’re my boy Dave!