• "Dave was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great..."
    - David Cross
  • "Ginger.. Dave was a good friend & the best District Manager..."
    - Chris Hansen
  • "Thank you to everyone who signed Dave's Guest Book. I miss..."
    - Ginger Cross
  • "My sincere sympathy to the entire Cross family. I was a..."
    - Cathy Fletcher
  • "It was a pleasure knowing Dave. He served as a board member..."
    - Leticia Avila

David, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the age of 68, after dealing with heart and kidney issues. Dave was born in Oakland, California on January 8, 1946, yet soon relocated to Fresno where he attended local schools, graduating from McLane High School in 1964. He started his career in the grocery business in 1964, beginning with Mayfair Markets, before his high school graduation. Dave entered the US Army in May 1967 and was stationed in Korea for a brief time. Upon his return to the states in 1968, he married Janis Wiggins and had two daughters; Stacey and Melissa. He continued to work for Mayfair here in the Fresno area and was officially discharged from the Army Reserve in 1973. Dave then married Ginger Jones on July 4, 1980, in Visalia, California. After Mayfair Markets closed its doors, Dave joined the Vons Grocery Co in 1983, where he worked his way up from night crew to District Manager, finally retiring from the grocery business in 2007 after 43 years of service. Dave loved playing golf, a good bottle of scotch, a cigar, and trips to LA, Palm Springs, and Hawaii. Following retirement, Dave enjoyed frequent vacations in Pismo, California with his wife Ginger and their dog, Jack and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Donna Youngman. Dave is survived by Ginger Cross, his wife of 33 years; sister, Paula Kinch and her husband Mike; sister-in-law Nancy Smith; daughter, Stacey Firpo and husband Mike; daughter, Melissa Downing and husband Cliff; step-son, David Jones and wife Tammy; step-son Rick Jones and wife Inga. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Nick and Matthew Firpo, Brady Downing, Kadie, Kacie, and Kala Jones, Eric and Julia Jones; and two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Ali Jones. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Miller Memorial Chapel in Visalia, California. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Miller Memorial Chapel with burial at the Visalia Public Cemetery. A reception will be held immediately following the service. Remembrances may be made to The First Tee of Fresno, 7225 N. First St. #101, Fresno, CA 93720. Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 West Goshen Avenue, Visalia, California 732-8371
Published in the Fresno Bee on Mar. 2, 2014
David Cross
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