Remembering Dave Mathewson, AMA leader, member, and friend

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dave Mathewson’s passing on Sunday, October 21. Dave was an ardent modeler, he loved the hobby, loved AMA, and served the AMA community for many years.

Dave served on the Executive Council as the District ll vice president for several years before serving as AMA president from 2008 to 2011, and was AMA’s executive director from 2011 until his retirement this past Spring. In total Dave gave 23 great years of service to AMA. He was also a close friend to many in the hobby. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave’s family and friends during this time of grieving.

Like many of us, Dave’s interest in model aircraft began at a young age. He flew his first RC model aircraft with his father when he was just 8 years old, leading to his interest in becoming a full-scale pilot and his career in science and technology.

Dave with his beloved wife Ginger

We were all lucky to know and work with Dave. As many of you can attest, he had a passion for our beloved hobby, a tireless work ethic, and was always willing to help anyone in need. He will always be in our hearts as an AMA leader, lifelong modeler, and a true and loyal friend.

Pictured left to right, Dave Mathewson, Bob Brown, Jim Rice, Rich Hanson, Mark Johnston

Last spring, Dave was honored at his retirement banquet, where many of his friends, colleagues, and fellow fliers spoke about his commitment to our hobby and his many career accomplishments. To hear more about Dave’s great career, his love for model aviation, and more, you can watch this video.

Condolences are welcome to be sent to AMA Headquarters (address below) or leave a note in the comments section below.

Click here to read more about Dave’s accomplishments within AMA and model aviation from the AMA History Project.

Click here to access additional information about calling hours and to read Dave’s full obituary.


Please send condolences or donations in lieu of flowers to:

AMA Headquarters

Attn: Human Resources

5161 E Memorial Drive

Muncie IN 47302.

Donations in memory of Dave can be made on the AMA Foundation website. Please indicate the donation is in memory of Dave when completing your transaction.



  1. Hi i have a 16 year old son that want to fly do i need to get him his own ama card or can i put him under me.

  2. Dave was always prompt to answer any questions that I might ask and I appreciated that. I also enjoyed the time that we spent talking at the trade shows. He will be missed.

  3. Met you many times Dave, at model airplane shows, WRAM Show. Tommy and I will both miss you…..see you at a later date….at the flying field in the sky….Paul..L-386. Tommy..L-863667

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