David A. Watkins

May 4, 1947 - May 26, 2024

U.S. Veteran

Service Date:

Funeral Home Anthony P Litwin Jr Funeral Homes Inc

Internment will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

David Watkins, 77, of Mechanicsburg, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2024. Born on May 4, 1947, David was the son of the late David Watkins and Sylvia Holliday Watkins. He graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School in 1966, earned an Associate’s Degree from Keystone College in 1971, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1975. In 1980 David entered the ministry and received a Master’s of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology in 1985. 

David dedicated his life to serving God and others as an ordained United Methodist Pastor. His pastoral journey included devoted service to several congregations including St. Matthew’s, Epping Community Church, Leona/Wetona/Big Pond United Methodist Church, Calvary UMC, Mt. Zion UMC, and Aldersgate UMC. Throughout his ministry, David was known for his passionate leadership, deep faith, and genuine care for his hundreds of parishioners. His sermons and community involvement left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

In his free time, David loved to help others and spend time with his family. As often as possible, he would support his grandsons in their education at Holy Name of Jesus and Bishop McDevitt High School and their athletics such as soccer, ice hockey, football, lacrosse, and wrestling.  David was also a season ticketholder and loyal fan of the Hershey Bears.

David is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 54 years, Linda Watkins, and their cherished family: daughter Sara Watkins Musti, son-in-law Stephen Musti, and grandsons Nolan and Spencer Musti. He is also survived by his three siblings: Sylvia “Cookie” Roberts, Susan Frantanduano and her husband Eric, and Phyllis Matz and her husband Rick, along with numerous nieces and nephews. David’s legacy of love, faith, and service will continue to inspire and guide those who knew him. He will be fondly remembered for his warmth, wisdom, and unwavering dedication to his faith and family.  

Internment will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Contributions in David’s memory can be made to the Gino Merli Veterans Center in Scranton, PA.

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