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David Crenshaw Obituary
Colonel (Ret.) David Laurel Crenshaw February 10, 1920 July 2, 2013 Colonel (Ret.) David Laurel Crenshaw was born February 10, 1920 and passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the age of 93. He was at home surrounded by his family and his dogs and with more love than can be described. David was born in Dripping Springs, Texas. He and his family later moved to Austin so that he could attend Austin High School. After High School he went straight to The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a freshman letter in baseball and basketball. In 1942 just after Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. David had a wonderful career in the U.S Air Force and proudly served his country for 30 years. In 1945, while stationed at Camp Luna, Las Vegas, New Mexico, he met and married Doris Baker, the love of his life. During his Air Force career, they traveled the world together and had three daughters, Mary Lynn, Barbara Ann and Teresa Jane. In 1972 he retired and he and Doris made their home in Austin. David was remarkable, unique, funny, wise, a great problem solver, kind, giving and most of all, loving. He adored Doris and the beautiful life they had together, and he cherished his family. He loved the Air Force, his Westlake home from which he could see the UT tower, his dogs, Friday nights at Matt's El Rancho, and everything about the UT Longhorns! He left a great legacy of love for us to follow and he will live forever in our hearts. David is survived by Doris, his cherished wife of 67 years; daughters Barbara Ann Rozenburgh and husband Gene Rozenburgh, and Teresa Jane Rhyan and husband William (Bill) Rhyan; three grandchildren, Lisa Ruhlen Gallagher and husband Brian, Marc Rozenburgh and Alexandra Jane Rhyan; and two great grandchildren, Mary Lynn and Grace Gallagher and his sister Eleanor Jane Crenshaw. David was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Irene Crenshaw; his sister Katherine Walker; daughter Mary Lynn Crenshaw; and grandson Luke David Rozenburgh. The family is profoundly grateful to David's remarkable doctors, especially Dr. John Dieck, who treated him with exceptional expertise, care and compassion for many, many years. And words cannot express our deep gratitude to Susan, his caregiver, and to Hospice workers Debbie, Chris and Terri who provided the most compassionate care and comfort possible to David and the family in these last days. We knew we were in the presence of angels when they arrived. Special gratitude to Jesus Olguin, his dear friend who helped him create one of the most beautiful yards in Westlake. Visitation will be on Friday, July 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, 78745. The service will be held on Saturday, July 6, at 10:00 a.m., at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 5455 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, TX 78746, followed by a military graveside service and burial in Driftwood, Texas. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Travis County Youth Show at www.traviscountyyouthshow.org or the .



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Published in Austin American-Statesman on July 5, 2013
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