David John Catlin sadly died suddenly at the age of 78, at his home.
He was born on 15 February 1937 at Brown Cow Farm, Rand, near Wragby, to Raymond Sargent and Alice Catlin. In 1943, at the tender age of six, his family moved to Glebe Farm, Great Sturton, where he stayed for the rest of his life.
In 1959 David married Mary Brocklehurst from High Cell Farm, Bardney, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.
As a farmer all of his working life, he was initially in partnership with his father and then latterly with his youngest son Robert Catlin, with the farming business still known today as “R.S. Catlin & Son”.
His oldest son Graham now lives in Manitoba, Canada with his family and successfully farms over there, with a passion for vintage machinery.
David was a traditional man of the land, who liked a simple life, loved driving anything with wheels and enjoyed milking cows. He also loved going to cattle markets to buy and sell livestock.
A predictable routine was at the core of his lifestyle, with a 5am start in the mornings, which continued even when the dairy cows were sold in 1994...instead finding David being in the fields ploughing at 5.30am on a tractor.
His passion for ploughing started at an early age with the Wragby Young Farmers. He took part in many competitions over the years and won many cups.
Graham and Robert followed in his footsteps with ploughing under his guidance.
Mary and David spent most of their spare time with friends of the Wragby Methodist Chapel, at various circuit functions. He also spent a lot of time with his grandchildren who regularly visited the farm.
In 1981, David was sadly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and so lived with a weak leg for the rest of his life. But 34 years on, he was still driving and managed to get about on his own. His strong mind and gritty determination saw him through his farming days.
A private burial took place at Langton-by-Wragby Churchyard, followed by “A Service of Celebration” at Wragby Methodist Church. The Rev Canon Alan Robson conducted the service. Poems were read by Mike Perkins (Auctioneer) and the Eulogy by Sean Sparling (Agronomist) on behalf of the Catlin family.
Funeral arrangements were made by J Marshall of Market Rasen. Flowers were kindly arranged by the ladies of the Wragby Methodist Church, and supplied by “Heather’s Fruit Shop” in Horncastle.
Donations in memory of David were kindly made to “Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance” (LNAACT) and the work of LIVES.
Family and graveside mourners: Mary Catlin (wife); Graham and Helen Catlin, Robert and Emma Catlin (sons and daughters-in-law); Sarah Laird (daughter); Helen Grenier, Peter Catlin, Elizabeth Catlin, Megan Catlin, Jennifer Catlin, David Laird, Frances Laird, Emily Laird, Fraser Laird, James Laird, George Catlin & Olivia Catlin (grandchildren); Jacob Grenier, Logan Grenier, Leah Grenier (great-grandchildren); Angela Gilbert; Emma Colley; Philip Brocklehurst (brother-in-law); Alan Brocklehurst, Mark Brocklehurst, Andrew Brocklehurst (nephews); Anthony and Rachel Garrill, Ruth McDonnell, Andrew and Cynthia Davenport, Elizabeth Earl (nieces); Robert and Fiona Morley; Marion Ambrose (niece, also representing Neil Ambrose, nephew); Matthew Ambrose; Keith and Violet Knapton; Joy and Derick Crane; Peter and Sally Greenfield; Eric and Gwen Young; Mike Perkins; Peter Bowser; Paul Bowser; James and Katherine East; Daren and Lesley Reeson; Graham Morley; Amelia Hall; Pauline Brocklehurst (sister-in-law).
Other mourners at the Methodist Church: Lucy and Harold Panton; Christine Panton (also representing Paul Panton); Liz Bowser; Pat Abbott; Sue Johnson; Roger Applewhite; Richard Abbott; Mr and Mrs Ton Garner; Sean Sparling; Mr and Mrs Cynthia Dixon (catering); Anthony Strawson; Roger Strawson; Andrew Wattam (also representing Terry Davey); Mrs P B Wattam; John Edwards (also representing Lynne Edwards); Les Dunn (also representing Elsie Dunn); Jessie Skellern; Linda Crust; Mr and Mrs Ted Dodds; Rob Faulkner; Miriam and Keith Lee; Rupert Bryant; Charles Bryant; Eran and Linda Bauer; Mark Johnson; Jack Johnson; Ian Bruntlett (also representing Angela Bruntlett, Mr and Mrs David Armstrong); John Anderton; Dorothy Short; Ian Short; Ernie Veall (also representing Kath Veall); Angela and Ian Clark; Tom Howsam; Pam and John Reese; David Wright; Peggy and Roy Shuttleworth; David Cross (also representing the Cross Family); David Crane; Charles Emberton; Gill Smith; Mike Perkins; Martin Arnold (also representing Pat and Tony Fillingham); Kathleen Stephenson; Keith Stephenson; Dorothy Warr (also representing members of Wragby WI); Les and Joan Robinson; Colin and Gillian Elton and many others.