Early in the morning on October 7th, the angels came and escorted David Wayne Mourer through the gates of Heaven. He fought the good fight, ran the good race and heard the words his Master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:23). He was a longtime member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Baytown and trusted Christ as his Savior many years ago.
David was born April 19, 1961 in Gary, Indiana to his parents, Winnie Lynn Ross and W. D. “Skip” Mourer. At age 9, his family moved to Texas and here he stayed. Rosetta always told him that he may have been born a Yankee, but by the grace of God, he was now a Texan at heart. At age 18, also by the grace of God, he met the love of his life, Rosetta, and their story began a short two years later and what a story. They were married for over 35 years and he loved her with all his heart and soul and fought as long as he did for her and his girls. Always a devoted family man, David and Rosetta raised three daughters and were grandparents to three beautiful grandchildren. Throughout his life here on this earth, there wasn’t much that he wouldn’t try and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He would listen to Rosetta as she said, “Hey I was thinking”, he would shake his head as if to say, oh no here we go again, and then off he would go to make whatever new and crazy idea she had suggested become a reality.
He took great pride in being a carpenter and over time his workshop became a place where a piece of wood would turn into a thing of beauty. It became a place where he would not only create some amazing pieces of woodwork, but to help the girls with a school project or his wife with some new idea she had or give a young man some sage advice. On more than one occasion, it became the place to play a game of darts, drink a beer, squeeze the fruit to make wine, or hangout with the guys. It was also his refuge to think about life and talk with God. He was proud that he, like Jesus, was a carpenter. Yes, Uncle Gregg, he’s working on the cabinets for your mansion in heaven now.
Pitching a few horseshoes, fishing in the bay, hunting at his uncle’s cabin, listening to an extremely eclectic selection of music, reading about the American Civil War and impromptu antiquing road trips were a few of many other things that David enjoyed in life. Spending time with his family around the fire pit on a cool evening was among one of his favorites.
Family was second only to God for David. He was always and foremost the peacemaker of the bunch and loved his family beyond measure. One of his favorite stories happened just last year. His brother Kris was set to watch the final game to see if his beloved Chicago Cubs would finally break their long time curse of not winning the worlds series. Just as the final game was about to get under way, David called Kris and told him he was broke down on the side of the road and needed him to come help. Kris never hesitated and was almost out the door before David could stop him and tell him it was a joke. He knew what watching that game meant to his brother and was forever in awe that Kris did not think twice but jumped up and was on his way to help his brother. That’s my hero David said.
David began working at Voss International as a carpenter’s helper under the tutelage of his step-father and quickly became an accomplished craftsman. Shortly after he and Rosetta married, he was hired on as a carpenter at the old Diamond Shamrock plant on Hayden Road. He spent the next 32 years in the same plant and worked for various contractors before landing a job as a plant operator. He left GB Biosciences in 2015 to go to work at Clariant where he worked with some old friends and made new ones.
One of the things David was looking forward to was going fishing with his granddad Jim Ross who preceded him death. Also preceding him and going on that heavenly fishing trip were his in-laws, James and Rose Morgan. Waiting in heaven to greet him, were his dad, W. D. “Skip” Mourer, and grandparents William and Marion Mourer, and Jim and Mary Ross. He will wait by the gates for his love of 35 years, Rosetta Morgan Mourer, daughters and son-in-laws, Sarah and Joseph Prewitt of Baytown, TX, Melissa and Sacha Winkler of Corpus Christi, TX, Abbey Mourer of Baytown, TX, grandchildren, Tyler Jackson, Jordan Jackson and Hunter Prewitt all of Baytown, TX. Also surviving him are his mother Winnie Bush and step-dad Buck, brothers Kris Mourer and wife Johnnye Faye, Robert Bush and wife Stacey, Jim Mourer of North Judson, IN and Mike Mourer of Hobart, IN, sisters Jamie Mathis, and Linda Bush and step-mother, Gail Mourer of Hobart, IN. He also leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and so many friends and extended family.
Visitation will be on Monday, October 9th from 5:00-7:00 pm at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, TX. Funeral Services will began at 10:00 am at Navarre on Tuesday, October 10th with gravesides services to follow at Cedarcrest Cemetery at 3010 Ferry Road in Baytown with Brother Danny Mendoza officiating. Pallbearers will be Kris Mourer, Travis Mourer, Sacha Winkler, Joseph Prewitt, Logan Ross, Skip Fullbright, Jimmy Whitehead, and Mike Jackson. Honorary Pallbearers are Tyler Jackson, Hunter Prewitt, Gregg Ross, O.K. Ross, Robert Bush, Bobby Easton, Will Easton and Chris Smart.
David was a man that once you knew him, there was no mistaking who he was. He always stayed true to his beliefs and never backed down. What you saw was what you got. No pretenses. There aren’t enough words to express how much David was loved or how much he loved. David was a gentle giant of a man and will be missed by so many for a very long time. One of his last wishes was for his family and friends to find God so that they could join him in Heaven. He will be waiting by the gates.
To view the online obituary or to leave a tribute for the family, please visit www.navarrefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521, (281) 422-8111.