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Michael Shawn “Dippy” Lathero, Sr.

January 03, 1966 ~ June 11, 2023

Michael Shawn Lathero Sr. “Dippy” was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He left this world unexpectedly June 11, 2023 at 57 years old.

He was born to William and Roberta Lathero on January 3, 1966 in Vero Beach, Florida and was a life long resident of Fellsmere, Florida. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 41 years, Christy. Together they had 3 children, Heather Bishop, Danielle Lathero Gens, and Michael Lathero Jr. and have 5 grandchildren, Brian and Waylon Bishop, Mason and Camdyn Gens, and Stetson Lathero. He is also survived by his great aunt, Rita Craig Turner, brothers and sister in laws, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lathero and Mr. and Mrs. Shelly Humphrey and sister, Laura Lathero Laporte and many nieces and nephews.

He operated his business spraying drywall for over 30 years, was an avid hunter and lover of all things airboat. When he wasn’t working or with family you could find him blowing by other boats on the lake with a huge grin on his face. He was a wheeler and dealer and never met a stranger, everyone he came across was soon a lifelong friend. His personality was larger than life and he always had a story to tell. He was a hardworking man of strong character. He showed up when it mattered, had your back, gave to those in need, and would defend and stand up for his loved ones. He was a wild spirit with a heart of gold and will be missed by many. A true legend of his day.


Richard and Michelle Bishop

June 15, 2023, 8:20 pm

Praying for comfort for the family. ❤️

Danielle Lathero Gens

June 15, 2023, 10:13 pm

A celebration of life will be held July 8th, 2023 at 3pm at the Fellsmere Riding club.

Chad Smalley

June 15, 2023, 10:15 pm

Awesome man!!! I got his calls atleast 2-3 times a week want n to know where we ride n that weekend!!! Glad he was my friend.

Wayne Henderson

June 15, 2023, 10:29 pm

Dippy was like a brother to me. He was a stand up guy and had a heart of gold when it came to kids. Real proud to call him my friend. You will never be forgotten. Condolences to the family

Steven Hammock

June 15, 2023, 10:47 pm

I have known Mike since we were kids he was a great friend and man. He will truly be missed. RIP

Deborah Greene

June 15, 2023, 10:48 pm

He is a true gentleman and nicest man.
I didn’t see him much over the years but when I did he always talked about his family❣️His wife is one of the happiest woman I have ever known who I regularly see at Walmart shopping for the gang.Mike you will be missed by more than you know.Your family is so lucky and loving having you❤️Fly high Angel

Melonie Smart

June 15, 2023, 10:59 pm

Travel well in airboat heaven my friend ✌️
Let it rip dip

Ricky Ringer

June 15, 2023, 11:00 pm

We all gonna miss you dipp…one of the coolest guys I ever had the pleasure to call a condolences to your family and all the lathero’s…

Dwayne Curry

June 15, 2023, 11:14 pm

Sure going to miss ya buddy! Prayers for the family.❤️

Janice Mann (Yates/Osborn)

June 15, 2023, 11:15 pm

I greive for your family. What a hero and man who touched so many life’s rather rodeo or blow boat life. Please try and find comfort in the memories during this difficult time. Another legend gone 🙁

Randy & Terri Cosner

June 15, 2023, 11:20 pm

Praying for the family. You are in our thoughts.

Kate DAniel and John Herder

June 15, 2023, 11:23 pm

So sorry for your loss he will be missed by everyone who knew him. Prayers for the family during this difficult time

Terry J Reece

June 15, 2023, 11:23 pm

Not another like him.
His memories made and shared will never leave my mind or heart.
Amazing man, amazing family.

Sharon Bracci

June 15, 2023, 11:39 pm

Prayers for the family for comfort .

Bryan Walker

June 15, 2023, 11:42 pm

RIP Dippy. Praying for your family in this difficult times.

Tina Lynn Robbins (Crowl)

June 15, 2023, 11:54 pm

Dippy was one of the good ones. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to the family.

Elizabeth Barnes

June 16, 2023, 12:15 am

Prayers to the family, I know him and dad are up ther cutting a fool now and coming up with some plan to go frogging.

Laura Goble

June 16, 2023, 12:19 am

Prayers are for the family. So sorry he was taken home so early. Dippy was a unique person but a good one. He will be missed.

Rob Rollins and Nancy Waddell

June 16, 2023, 12:45 am

Our love and prayers for the family.

Jeremy Durling

June 16, 2023, 12:55 am

Truly a great man and person all around. My prayers are with your family.

Edna Douglas

June 16, 2023, 1:16 am

My sincere condolences to Christy and her children and grandchildren- I have known Christy for many years through my daughter Debbie Carter – I remember my very small grandsons Rusty and Dusty yelling hey Dippy whenever they saw him- I want Christy to know they are so very sad- he touched lives he wasn’t even aware of- may he rest in peace

Salinas Billie Jo

June 16, 2023, 1:29 am

Sorry for your loss. He was a great man

Emmons Kim

June 16, 2023, 1:42 am

Lathero Family is on the prayer list at my church and we all have been praying for your family if you need anything at all, do not hesitate to call

Mona Lisa

June 16, 2023, 1:53 am

I am so sorry for your loss , Mike was an amazing man and such a hard worker and always made me laugh with his hilarious stories. I’ve worked with him for 25 plus years and he will definitely be missed . I will keep your family in my prayers .

Gwen Kinser

June 16, 2023, 2:02 am

Prayers for his family during this unimaginable time

Kelly Castillo

June 16, 2023, 2:07 am

You’ll be missed buddy

Dawn Henderson

June 16, 2023, 3:27 am

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this loss. He was a great man who will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Johnnie Smith

June 16, 2023, 4:24 am

Home you will be missed, Love you man.

Cary Eide

June 16, 2023, 5:28 am

Im still in a loss for words . I’m truly sorry for your loss I’ve known Him for forty plus years. Like me he lived slept drank and was known throughout everywhere in the Airboat World .
Praying for your family
Cary Eide

Dennis and Lisa Yates

June 16, 2023, 10:04 am

Dippy was a shining example of being raised well and what being Fellsmere is. He will be missed by all and our prayers for his family in this sad time.

Susan Durling

June 16, 2023, 10:46 am

Our prayers for comfort at this time. Dippy was such a great man❤️

Richard & Melissa Plemmons

June 16, 2023, 11:25 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Nathan Foster

June 16, 2023, 11:43 am

It’s just not ever gonna be the same at any family functions. I’m here for y’all and love you all

Linda Beck Panchou Kniedler

June 16, 2023, 12:01 pm

Our families go way back to the Everglades & Miami! The Beck family send our sympathy and prayers!

Susan & Tom Aldridge

June 16, 2023, 12:46 pm

So sorry for your families loss, he was a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Emma Stevens

June 16, 2023, 2:14 pm

I am so sorry to hear this. I have not seen him in years but remember him for that beautiful smile and he was always such a nice guy… May he rest in peace.. Emma Stevens

Amanda Lieberman

June 16, 2023, 3:14 pm

Rip sweet guy. So so sorry gone too soon.

Tooker Lisa

June 16, 2023, 3:57 pm

Condolences. RIP Mike. Prayers for the family.

Tammy Harp

June 16, 2023, 4:45 pm

John and I are so sorry for your loss. There are not enough words to help ease the pain when your loved one is taken too soon. We’re sending prayers for peace and comfort for your entire family during this difficult time.

Frances Davey

June 16, 2023, 6:09 pm

To all of Michael’s family, wishing you all peace & comfort during these difficult times! Michael was a great guy, always friendly & funny! He will be missed! So sorry for your loss!

Christy Anderson

June 16, 2023, 6:59 pm

So very sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man that truly would give you the shirt off his back and a true man of his word. Praying for Christy and his entire family in their time of grief.

Brae Anderson

June 16, 2023, 8:22 pm

We are so sorry for you Loss Mike was a wonderful person everyone is truly
Going to miss him.

Lamar Lancaster

June 16, 2023, 10:34 pm

He was one of the best I love him like a brother he surly will be missed

Larry Greer

June 16, 2023, 10:35 pm

My Condolences to the Lathero Family. Rest in peace my old Friend you were the True meaning of a Cowboy. Just a Good man at Heart!!


June 16, 2023, 11:11 pm

He will be missed by many


June 16, 2023, 11:59 pm

The Lathero family is in my thoughts. RIP Dip.

Dorothy Ciriclio

June 17, 2023, 12:39 am

Sending you my Deepest Sympathies at this difficult time. Continue prayers for you all.

Beverly Harrison

June 17, 2023, 1:46 am

RIP Mike Prayers for the family

Lisa C Thomas

June 17, 2023, 11:25 am

Peace Love and Comfort

Mark Durling

June 17, 2023, 12:03 pm

Sorry for the family loss RIP Dippy

Robin Cortez

June 17, 2023, 8:32 pm

Sending hugs, love and many many prayers to the family with this difficult loss

Earl & Shirley Lee

June 18, 2023, 1:30 am

Prayers for the Lathero Family so sorry for your loss He was a good Man and a good Friend R.I.P Dippy You will be missed dearly by many

Ellen cruce

June 18, 2023, 1:34 am

My prayers are with all the family I have know them since they were little kids Mike always had a smile on his face everytime I saw him even when he was tired I am very sorry to hear this and I know he will be miss just like Kirby again praying for everyone. Ellen cruce

Beverly Harrison

June 18, 2023, 6:35 pm

Rest in peace mike prayers for family

Bob & Carolyn Klotzer

June 18, 2023, 10:45 pm

I have known Mike all of his life. He will be remembered as a true kind and loving husband, dad, and granddad. If you were a friend you were a friend for life even if you had not seen each other in a while. RIP Dippy and prayers to Christy and the family.

Jeanne Drawdy Bresett

June 19, 2023, 1:02 am

Mike was one of the best men I’ve ever known. He was kind, friendly, tough, loyal, and loved his family and friends. I’m sad that he was called home so soon, sad for Christy, his children, grandchildren, family and friends. Although, I’m certain to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We will see you again. I’m grateful to have known you for so long. Much love and prayers for all.

Michael McAllister

June 19, 2023, 3:56 pm

Prayers to the Lathero family so sorry for loss

Ginny Nell Rhodes Harrison

June 29, 2023, 8:20 pm

Mike this news comes as a great shock! Last time I seen you and Christy was when the whole family came into Skip’s shoe and Boots and of course your Mother in law was spoiling everybody just like she always loved doing. But I have so many memories of you from when I was a member of the family and knowing you was such a pleasure!!! I know that everybody that has had that pleasure of knowing you will greatly miss you!!!! Especially your family !!!! you will never be forgotten!!! My heart goes out to my sister in law Christy and all of your children and grandchildren.

Linda and Kevin Christman

July 7, 2023, 3:56 am

Our Love and Prayers to the Lathero family. Mike has went to his everlasting home way to young, his Love he had for his family will live on earth in your memories and hearts praying that will give you the comfort.
Love Kevin and Linda Christman

Rodney Morton

April 8, 2024, 9:05 am

Dippy, as i knew him ! we met back in 1979 ,
you and your brothers broke 3 horses for us and yall kept 1 ( laughing ghost ) although we became good friends and work buds , takin turns drivin to GDC,
your days driving scared the hell outta me !
you were one of a kind my friend, and i will miss seeing you, so until we meet again , (Son i said) !!!!!!!!!
keeper tween the lines. Christy i am so sorry for your loss and i pray you have the greatest peace that God could possibly lay upon you and your family.
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