David Paterson Lanier
David Paterson Lanier
  • August 22, 1947 - January 1, 2018
  • Longwood, Florida

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David Paterson Lanier Jr., 70, passed away on January 1, 2018 in Longwood, Florida. David Lanier was born in Sanford on August 22, 1947. He graduated from Seminole High School, the University of Florida with a BSBA in finance and obtained his MBA from the University of Central Florida. David is preceded in death by his mother Carolyn Wynelle Lanier and his father David P. Lanier Sr..He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Darla Mengel Lanier and their daughters Jennifer Lanier (Mike Orinski) and Lindsay Lanier Corley (Nick Corley).

Prior to the establishment of his own firm, David was employed by Ernst and Ernst, an International CPA firm. In 1975, David founded Lanier and Company, PA, a full service Certified Public Accounting firm located in Sanford, Florida. David recognized the need for local investment management services and established PaxMentis Advisors.

David was a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, a designation awarded by the National Institute for Excellence in Professional Education, LLC in conjunction with the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and various other state societies.

In the 70's he was a former professor at the University of Central Florida and authored the tax section of the University of Central Florida CPA review course. Over the years, he presented numerous seminars throughout Central Florida. He previously served as President of the Sanford Kiwanis Club, Chairman of the Seminole County Industrial Development Authority, Treasurer of the Central Florida Zoological Society, Treasurer of the Seminole County United Way, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Seminole County Port Authority and on the Safeguard Business Systems CPA National Advisory Board. He was a Deacon and Elder and served as Treasurer at the First Presbyterian Church in Sanford and Elder at Markham Woods Presbyterian Church in Lake Mary.

A celebration of life service is to be held at Markham Woods Presbyterian Church in Lake Mary on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm.