Mourning the Loss of Dave Fritz

A memorial service will be held Nov 5th at 12pm at Wildwood Church. The family has asked that memorial contributions be directed to Our Father’s Storehouse, a food pantry ministry of Wildwood to the community.

Dear Church Family,

We were saddened to learn this morning of the passing of David Fritz. He went into cardiac arrest on Sunday due to what doctors believe was a sudden blood clot.

davefritzDave was a deacon of Wildwood, and a very special member of our church family…a vibrant worshiper, and a humble servant.

You might remember him as the man who nearly every Sunday could be found standing at the very front of the sanctuary swaying with outstretched hands during worship.

He was passionate about Jesus and His Word. He served others with a humble heart changed by God’s Word and taught others to better understand God’s Word. His heart touched not just our own church family, but the larger church family in our community and our world.

Dave was an instructor for the Center for Biblical Studies here in Tallahassee, a member of the Wildwood world missions team, and leader of the African Book Project to collect Bibles and resources to send pastors and church leaders in Africa.

daveWe mourn the loss of a dear brother and follower of Jesus, but we also celebrate his eternal homecoming. As Paul instructed the believers in 1 Thessalonians 4:13…

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”

May we find hope in the same promises of God’s Word with which Dave Fritz encouraged so many others.


Josh King
Director of Communications
Wildwood Church


  1. he and i served together at christian heritage church years ago and could make each other laugh til we cried…such a funny guy and a great loss for the church! ~Chris

  2. I met Dave when we both were members of the old Christian Heritage Church. He was a wonderful friend. Many times we gathered with others in the “Prayer Room” to pray for our church, the community and the nation as well as the world wide mission to share the Word. Please advise when the service will be.

  3. Dave was a good friend and a delight to be around we enjoyed each others company during our trip to Israel in 2001.My family and I are very saddened by his departure. We love you Dave! See you soon in Glory.

    • Terry and Freddy Williams

      My wife Freddy and I have known Dave Fritz since our days together at Christian Heritage Church beginning in the mid-1980s. Dave and I met periodically for breakfast at Jim & Milt’s over the years; and I can never forget all the soft drinks he would consume while eating his fried eggs or omelets. We were also supporters of Dave’s African Book Project from its infancy; and are still amazed over how God blessed and greatly prospered this ministry, which had humble beginnings! Dave was a unique creation of God, a beloved brother in Christ, and we will miss his fellowship very much.

  4. A season and time under the the Sun[ his Son]. A True intercessor with the Messiah Yesuha[Jesus] filled with joy, joy with a welcome smiled into his kingdom…

  5. David and Sandy Meadows

    David and I also knew Dave as we attended the old Christian Heritage Church over 30 years ago. Dave always had a kind word and had us laughing about most anything . I remember how nervous he was about attending his Tries Dias men’s weekend….I picked him up and delivered him to send off at the church….he tried to talk himself out of going however the Holy Spirit won that tug-of-war and Dave went on to enjoy a great weekend! We are sad to realize brother Dave is gone from this life….we need more “lights” like him. We know we will meet again….our prayers are with his family.

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