Friday, August 12, 2016

Dr. David Kimball Wiles, Ed.D., R.I.P.

David Wiles was the conscience of our community on planning and zoning, developer corruption of our government, and the need to preserve and protect what we love in St. Augustine. His cogent analysis and passion for detail and nuance helped raise the quality of knowledge and debate in St. Johns County. We shall all miss him greatly.

Dr. David Kimball Wiles, 74, Crescent Beach, passed away too soon, Aug. 7, 2016. Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Hilda Long Wiles and Dr. Kimball Wiles, siblings included Jon Wiles, Wendy Velez and Kim Wiles Bond.
His wife of 52 years, Marilyn McCall Wiles, sons, Corey (Jodi) and Matthew (Jenny), grandchildren, Seth, Zachary, Owen, Maya and Zane, and family Aimee, Michael, Robin, William, Bryan, Kay, Dale and Beth miss his contagious laughter and joy of life.
David grew up in Gainesville, Florida, graduating from PK Yonge. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and Doctorate of Education from the University of Florida. During his career, David was Professor of Educational Administration and Public Policy at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Virginia Tech, Miami University, University of North Florida, Professor Emeritus State at University of New York Albany and visiting professor at Valdosta State University.
United States Army First Lieutenant David Wiles served our country honorably while stationed in Korea. As a patriot, educational champion, outspoken environmental advocate serving as Commissioner, Soil and Water Conservation Board; former member Planning Zoning Agency; Charter Member and President, South Anastasia Communities Association; and Friends of Matanzas, he worked tirelessly to help enhance our quality of life.
He lived life to the fullest watching sunrises and sunsets. He deeply loved his family and friends. He won the 2016 Wiles Bocce Ball Invitational trophy!
David was the love of Marilyn's life and is truly missed by many.
A celebration of David will be held Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016.
Family requests donations in Honor of David Wiles sent to Matanzas Riverkeeper, 291 Cubbedge Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080.

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