MATHEWSON, David Henry

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Mathewson, David Henry (1923-1966) drowned while SCUBA diving at Santa Catalina Island. He was 23 years old.

In the News~

February 28, 1966 [Independent Long Beach]: “L. B. diver drowns at Catalina. David Henry Mathewson, 23, of 2230 Grand Ave., Long Beach, drowned near a Catalina Island beach Sunday afternoon while SCUBA diving with three other young men. A professional diver brought his body to the surface after an hour's search. Mathewson had failed to appear after an hour of "sightseeing" and spear fishing with his friends beneath the 23-foot cabin cruiser Poncho near Pebble Beach. Others in the diving party could not locate him, Ladd Carlton, 28, of Avalon, head of a diver's supply shop, who was summoned to help, found Mathewson lifeless, entangled in kelp 40 feet down, 100 yards offshore, his air tank empty and his mouthpiece dislodged. Deputy Warren Franks reported that members of the diving group told him none had been trained in SCUBA use and that Mathewson was least experienced of all. Mathewson and his wife Matilda had left their two infant children with her mother in San Diego before going to Catalina, the deputy reported. Mathewson was employed as a fireman at an aircraft plant. Frank identified Mathewson's diving companions as Ronald A. Taylor, 9150 Algeroma St., Bellflower; Jon M. Taylor, brother of Ronald, 15560 Orange Ave., Paramount, and Sander Rogoff, 17630 Lakewood Blvd., Apt. 45, Bellflower.”