David Mohler, owner of Tatonut in Ocean Springs, passes away


David Mohler, longtime owner of the Tatonut Donut Shop, passed away on Tuesday due to complications from COVID-19.

January 10th, the doors of the adored downtown Ocean Springs Tatonut Donut Shop had been temporarily closed due to illness when owner David Mohler was hospitalized. According to his wife, Theresa Mohler’s statement, his underlying conditions left him defenseless against COVID.

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Mohler passed away Tuesday.

In response to the news, community members have been showing their love and support for Mohler and Tatonut by placing cards, flowers, and gifts outside the shop on Government Street, as well as posting messages of condolences on Facebook. Jeff Mohler, David’s brother, said, “His compassion and willing to help people was always at the top of his list. So, at the end of the day that’s probably going to be the number one thing we all miss as a family and the community’s going to miss as well.”

Mark Mohler, David’s brother, said, “It’s probably fair to say it is an institution on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and really much beyond that. I think that is a very small part of who David Mohler was. The two words that define him best are faith and family.”

The seven Mohler brothers grew up learning the donut business from their father Bob Mohler who founded Tatonut in 1960. When it came to taking over the family business, David stepped up. “He just had a very, very good way of putting things in motion and having a vision and executing it and make it work.

“To pick up that torch and carry that forward is a great honor to our father who started that.”

Mohler is survived by his wife Theresa and his daughter Katelyn. Theresa also requests patience as the family navigates arrangements in this challenging time. “Sometimes we don’t know how many friends we have until catastrophe strikes and then we have these reminders.”

He was 61-years-old.

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