David Creer
1947 - 2020
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David Creer
1947 - 2020
You were lucky if you knew Dave Creer. Our unforgettable husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, David Moyle Creer passed way early Wednesday morning, April 22, 2020 after a 3 1/2 year battle with Leukemia. Dave was larger than life and touched many with his unbridled optimism and gregarious personality - he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Born November 14, 1947 to Frank Brockbank Creer and Sarah Moyle Creer in Salt Lake City,Utah. Dave was the youngest of six siblings whom he remained close to throughout his life. He graduated from East High School and the University of Utah where he was affiliated with the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He received a graduate degree from Harvard Business School.
Dave's life journey was spent with his best friend, Joan Nelson, whom he married January 20, 1971 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together Dave and Joan spent a life filled with love and laughter. Their lives were blessed with six children and 20 grandchildren. Family was at the very center of Dave's life. He was especially close to his nieces and nephews. Sports and athletics were a passion for Dave. During his youth he was a 3-time state champion as a swimmer and football player at East High School. He loved golf, water skiing, and snow skiing - especially with his grandchildren. Dave was a Crimson Club member and life-long fan of the University of Utah athletics.
Dave spent most of his career in business management and sales. During his early career he managed the family business, Utah Idaho School Supply. Later he worked at Ikon Office Solutions and for many years was the Executive Director of the Utah Trucking Association. As a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Dave served faithfully, mostly with the young men whom he loved, in two bishoprics and as Bishop of a Young Marrieds Ward. Dave served three full-time missions for the church - as a young man, Dave served in the South Andes Mission (1967-1969) He had a life-long love for the Bolivian people. Dave also served two full-time missions with his wife Joan, Temple Square (2012-2013) where they loved the sister missionaries with whom they served, and in England (2015-2016), until he was hospitalized with Leukemia. He had an abiding love for his Savior.
Dave had many passions and loves in his life - friends, hobbies and associations. An active member of the Salt Lake Rotary Club and lifelong member of the Democratic party. He loved his beautiful cherry red 1965 Ford Falcon convertible. Dave had many amazing collections - political buttons and bumper stickers, bobblehead dolls and baseball cards.
Throughout his life, whether serving in the church, in the community, or participating in athletics or in any of his passions, Dave was known as a friend to all - he treated everyone as his best friend, regardless of their status or situation. A big hug was his famous trademark!
Dave is survived by his wife Joan, children Josh (Katie), Kathryn, Susannah Wixom (Nate), Laura Ball (Brad), Dan (Caitlin), and James (Ashley). Sisters Alice Marsh, Sally Grant, Caroline Pinney, brother-in-law Mike (Peggy) Nelson and special sister-in-law Margaret Reiser. 20 grandchildren-Harrison, Weston, Sam, Amanda, and Mary Katherine Creer. Isaac, Jonas, Cannon and Miles Wixom. Abby, David, Ben, Jacob and Sarah Ball. Winston, Elliott, Emmeline and Penelope Creer. Andrew and Rosemary Creer. He was preceded in death by his brother John, sister Elizabeth (Fuzzy), his parents, in-laws, and boxer dogs Mike, Butch and Sam.
Special thanks to Loveland Clinic at LDS Hospital for their care. They became dear friends.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a private family graveside service will be held at 1pm Saturday, April 25 at the Salt Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the missionary fund-Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 23 to Apr. 26, 2020.
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April 29, 2020
I came to know Dave when he was the head of the Trucker's Assn. and when I served in the Legislature. One can't necessarily rely on all lobbyists, but Dave was among the handful of good souls with integrity who would tell you the truth, not just what favored their point of view. He was full of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through and through. You didnt need to ask or wonder what was important to Dave. He just lived it fully. It shone from him, and he talked about it so easily as part of his life, his being, who he was. I loved being Daves friend. It was so fun to go golfing with him a couple of times. We enjoyed each others company and had a lot to talk about. Dave didnt like people who werent genuine. When I was in political office, he used to tell me that Gary Herbert and I were real Utah. We werent fancy and didnt pretend to be someone we werent. That is Dave at his essenceappreciating others who act like he didgenuine, straightforward, honest and honorable. That was always a great compliment coming from Dave. Im so sorry for your loss because Dave filled a room. No one else can be Dave. We will miss him dearly. God bless, Greg Bell
Greg Bell
Friend
April 27, 2020
I grew up in the same ward as Dave until I was about 14 years old. More than anything, what I remember about Dave is the way he made things fun. Scouting, YMs, whatever it was, if he was there people were having a good time. One particular memory i'll never forget was at a ward outing up in Bear Lake UT. He brought up his little purple ski boat, and asked another young man and me if we'd ever power slid in a boat before. We had no idea what he was talking about, but decided it sounded like a good time. We got in the boat, and he told us to buckle up. Next thing we knew he had the throttle full bore and we were ripping across the lake at 30+ mph. Then out of no where he cranked the steering wheel hard left and the boat did a 180 on top of the water, skidding to an abrupt stop. We did that a handful times over the next 20 minutes, and I was almost positive the little ski boat was going to be in shambles by the time we got back, if we made it back. We were only 12 or so at the time and i'm pretty sure that Dave was about 12 or so at heart! He was a great example of how to stay young at heart. He was an amazing man and will be missed!
Sean Swenson
Friend
April 27, 2020
Brighton
We Love Dave and Joan and the whole Creer clan so much. Thanks for all the kind words, giant hugs, invitations and warm thoughts. We are honored to be cousins and will always remember your wonderful smile and in your honor, pass it on!

Thanks so much Uncle Dave! God Speed!
Eric and Robin Johnson
April 27, 2020
So glad to have known Dave. From High School on, to business. Politics. A true gentleman.
meg averett
April 26, 2020
All those years ago with Dave and Joan at the U of U, Bob and Carolyn etc. are choice memories indeed. I feel so bad we did not see each other more often. He was one of a kind for sure. We look forward to an eternal association in the eternity to come. All our love and condolences to you Joan. Ray and Leslie Taylor
Ray Taylor
April 26, 2020
My heart and thought are with you, Joan, and your wonderful family.
Shawna Jackson Wilde
April 26, 2020
Dear Joan and family,


Our hearts go out to all of you at this time for your lose. My years of working with Dave through the Utah Trucking Association were wonderful as Dave was so willing to share is thoughts and ideas with me as I was learning my position with the Idaho Trucking Association. He was so fun to work with when we planned for our regional and national meetings. We are so grateful for the knowledge the Gospel brings us to know that we can one day again be with him and enjoy his outgoing personality. May the Lord bless you in coming days as you learn to live your lives without him beside you.


Sincerely,

Les & Kathy Fowers

formerly with the Idaho Trucking Association

Kathy Fowers
Coworker
April 26, 2020
With love to the Creer Family
Dear Joan and Family, I was, indeed, lucky-- and blessed -- to have known Dave Creer! As a fellow Rotarian and one who also served the young men and Young Single Adults of the Church, I was grateful for every opportunity to rub shoulders with Dave. As indicated in his obituary, his enthusiasm and love of life and those around him, made him seem "larger than life;" and, yet, his love of and respect for those around him made you feel you were on the same plane and "equally yoked" with Dave in common goals. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during these tender weeks and months. With love and best wishes, Charles and Zella Dahlquist
Charles & Zella Dahlquist
April 26, 2020
Dear Joan and Family,

Who could ever forget Dave Creer. His smile, his personality, his optimism, his hope, his great character. The world is a better place because of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dean and Pam Hodson
April 26, 2020
Dear Joan and Family,
Dave and I were great friends and Beta bud's, going active together in the same class. I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a wonderful guy who loved everyone and was never without a smile and greeting of warmth and happiness to see you. A good servant of the Lord and friend to all. My prayers go out to your family.
Bill Fowler
April 26, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Keeko Georgelas
April 25, 2020
I didn't know David, but I knew Katherine at BYU. She may not remember me, because we haven't kept in touch. A mutual friend sent this obituary to me, as I also lost my father recently. Katherine,
I send my love and sympathy to you and your family. My dad was born the same year as your dad and passed away in March--just about a month ago when he was killed in a car accident. My heart aches for you and your family's loss. I hope you can find peace in being together and relying on the promise of forever families. Much love, Heather Baird Callister
April 25, 2020
A man well loved. A life well lived. Congratulations Dave, you graduated with honors.
Clark Alvey
April 25, 2020
A man well loved. A life well lived. Well done Dave, you graduated with honors.
Clark Alvey
April 25, 2020
Joan, I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I think of you often and smile about your stories of your husband. His friendliness and kindness to all, his ability to strike up a conversation with anyone no matter what kind of hurry you may have been in. I am grateful for your wisdom through the years of teaching together. I often reflect on the things you have shared with me about motherhood as well as teaching at risk youth. I'm grateful that you, hour husband, and your family have the knowledge of the gospel and hope that it will bring a sense of peace during this difficult time.
Cindy Willis
April 25, 2020
Paul and I send our love and deep condolences to Joan, children, grandchildren, sisters and all of Dave's family. We absolutely adored his incredible good humor and dazzling smile. He was especially kind and supportive of our son, David, when he left our home in Chicago to attend the U''; and when he pledged Beta, Dave even showed up for David's initiation. Our David always talked to us about Dave's amazing kindness to him. He admired Dave immensely. What a wonderful time we had at our cousins reunion a couple years ago. And last summer when I was making a memory book to celebrate Paul's 80th birthday, Dave took the time and energy during his weekly treatments to write a great message to Paul who has always considered him a very special cousin. You will all continue to be in our hearts and prayers. Much love, Suzanne and Paul Driggs
Suzanne and Paul Driggs
April 25, 2020
Dear Joan and family. We were so very LUCKY (and blessed) to be the neighbors across the street!!! You and Dave meant so much to us. It was interesting to call our kids to tell them David had passed away---their memories are fond and loving and were sad at the news. What a great man. He truly was larger than life and we honor him and love him. Our sympathy to you.

Delores, Richard, Linda, Barbara, Bev, Carolyn and David Horton
Delores Horton
April 25, 2020
I love Dave Creer. We met at the U and played hoops there and then at the Deseret Gym for about 30 years, until we could hardly stand up. He was sooo funny, and fun to be around. Games were always competitive, but everyone ended up better friends when it was over. He had a lot to do with that. I've always loved bumping into him since then. What a joy to be around. This is a sad day. Mike Snarr, admirer and friend.
mike snarr
April 24, 2020
I was not just lucky to know Dave but I consider myself very blessed indeed to have had his association for many years, His laugh and good humor was infectious and you couldn't help but feel good in his company.

My favorite memories, of course, will be the fun July 4th parades. We both loved driving the classic red Mustang and Falcon in the Millcreek Celebrations.

I will certainly look forward to seeing him again in the heavenly celebrations to come.

Please know of both Cathy and my deepest
condolences at this time.
May the 'Peace that passeth all understanding' that comes though the Atonement of our Savior be with Joan and all the family

With great regards

King and Cathy Udall
King Udall
April 24, 2020
I can't picture Dave not smiling. He was just a happy guy. I'll remember that the most.
Kay Larsen
April 24, 2020
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April 24, 2020
Dave Creer was truly one of those one-of-a-kind humans. I adored his enthusiasm and can-do-anything attitude! He was my friend for more than 20 years and for nearly eight of those years I had the wonderful opportunity to work for him publishing his Utah Trucking Association magazine. What a blessing. We had so much fun! Everything his obituary reported and everyone on this thread has echoed about his boundless energy, unbridled optimism and gigantic warm embraces is spot-on true. He lit up a room. He didn't just live life. He was a memory-maker, for him and anyone in his orbit. This world won't be the same without him. Peace and love to him and to his lovely family. I'm so sorry for your hurting hearts. xox
Jennifer Matthews-Drake
April 24, 2020
I am honored to know Dave. We have a common foe, cancer. His was worse than mine. I loved being around or with Dave. He was always a positive, uplifting, strengthening source. As we shared some time, over the past couple of years, usually at our grandkids' Saturday sports, I always came away feeling better about life. Despite his worsening condition, he never failed to exemplify happiness and love. I miss Dave, short term, but know I'll always benefit from his goodness.
Kimball Young
April 24, 2020
Joan and children,

Dave and Joan have had such an important and lasting impact in my life. It was a joy to regularly babysit for the older kids and to share in the life of the family -- for many year I felt like I was one of the family. (Given their extensive social life, there was a time in my babysitting career when Dave referred to me a wife #2 and I was lucky to babysit Josh and Kathryn the night Susannah was born.)

It never mattered how long it had been, whenever I would see Dave he would greet me with a bear hug and an attitude of great joy. He was simply a lovely and delightful human being.

My sincere condolences to you Joan, Josh, Kathryn, Susannah, Dan and the other kids. Your father was much-loved and will be missed.

Anna also sends her love.

Miriam Harper
April 24, 2020
I'm sorry to hear about the passing of David who is a beautiful man he thought a good battle
April 24, 2020
To Joan and family, Please accept my warmest feelings of sympathy for your kind husband's passing. Although the years have passed I still have fond and happy memories of LaCanada. You and your family were always very special to me. May God's choicest bessings of peace and comfort attend you and your family at this time. You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful husband and family. What a treasure!!
Renee Beckstead
April 24, 2020
Dave drove my car down 1st south (1969) near the speed of sound and I thought the sonic boom will surely alert law enforcement Dave is driving. Fast forward 30 years and Dave is driving a convertible, top down, and a towheaded four year old boy is standing on the seat with arms around his grandpa's neck. Was this a show of affection from sincere love or the boy's necessity for safety?

This vignette validates Dave never lived indifferently, he erred on the side of over-enthusiasm. This was his charm and his genius.

I'm sorry I can't celebrate his gregarious spirit and perpetual smile with the crush of friends and family fighting for a seat in the chapel. Joan you must know how well he was loved. No one who came within sight of his smile or sound of his voice in self deprecation will ever doubt he didn't have his foot on the pedal. This faithful man made a place for himself in an often staid religious culture. He was my J. Golden Kimball.
Jim McCullough
April 24, 2020
Growing up with Creer Family in our 'back yard,'was a special blessing to us. Step father Lloyd & Mary Warner, owner's of Lloyd's Market, enjoyed the wit and wisdom of their wonderful Matriarch mother. Our Mother, Mary, truly missed her. "Fuzzy" passing also made us pause. And John. His legal help invaluable for our parents. Now the fun little ball of energy that was David, causes us to pause and remember. His accomplishments are overwhelming! A life well lived! Condolences and comfort to Creer Family, and a special hug for Caroline. Frlend in High School and all around wonderful woman. JoAnn (McBride) Shober. And sister Janet.
April 23, 2020
As one of" Fuzzy's" peers, I have known David since he was very young.

From 1977-99, Christine and I had the privilege of being near neighbors in a wonderful Yalecrest Second Ward.

David was always consistent and caring. His smile is unforgettable.

Our son in Seattle especially sends his love and condolences.

We appreciate the wonderful family that Joan and David raised and have very tender memories of the many kindnesses extended to our daughter Melinda.

Keep on keeping on and may the blessings of his association continue to benefit each of us!

George Durham
April 23, 2020
So true about his unbridled optimism and gregarious personality.

As one of Fuzzy's peers I have known David most of his life and have appreciated and admired the family he and Joan raised.

Christine and I count it a privilege to have been near neighbors from 1977 -99 in the Yalecrest Second Ward.

He was consistent in character and caring. His smile is unforgettable and he will be missed. The world has been a better place because of his presence in it.

Our son, Troy, especially sends his condolences at this time and we will forever be grateful for the kindness the Creer family always shared with our daughter, Melinda.

Blessings!

George Durham
April 23, 2020
The poet Edgar Guest said, I would rather see a sermon than hear one. ! David Creer's sermon was his zest for life, huge smile, love of family & friends & serving others. What a great example for all of us.We miss him but won't forget him.
Charles Creer Stoddard
April 23, 2020
Dave & Joan, with their Family, have been such exemplary lights in our lives and to those with whomever they met. We will miss Dave's warm acceptance and exuberant love of life. He always brightened one's day. If we get to Heaven's gate, we'll expect to hear Dave's hearty laughter from within. May the Lord bless the Creers.
Milt & Heidi Sbipp
April 23, 2020
Yes we were Lucky to have known and been related to David!!!
His spirit and great memories live on-

Godspeed Cousin Dave-

The Scott Family- Sue, David, Kathey, Melissa & Jeff
JK S
April 23, 2020
My deep sympathies to Dave's family. I was fortunate to work with and get to know Dave during his tenure at UTA. A tremendous champion for the trucking industry, he also maintained a wide-open relationship with safety and enforcement agencies, the result of which was an immeasurable gain for safety on the highways. Dave was a genuinely good guy, and I will miss his generous and open spirit.
Bob Kelleher
April 23, 2020
Kathryn, you and your family are in my heart and my prayers. I love the stories that you share with us about your Dad. He is such an inspiration. I love you my dear friend. May you feel peace and love through this time of honoring your Dad and his legacy.
Alicia Hunter
Friend
April 23, 2020
Kathryn and family, our deepest condolences at the loss of your father. May the Lord bless you and your family at this time with an abundance of love and comfort. Steve & Thalene Fairbanks
Steve Fairbanks
April 23, 2020
A big from Dave made my day! He was full of love and projected it in his smile. My love and sympathy to Joan, who welcomed me into my new ward years ago, and also to Kathryn and the rest of this wonderful family.
Kathleen Gardner
Friend
April 23, 2020
Joan and family, I am saddened to see the passing of David. I had so many great experiences by knowing him. From Delta center visits to being around him in the Andes South Mission. What great stories I have.

Although it is sad now look forward to your reunion in Heaven.

Best through this sad time.....Al Higham
April 23, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to Joan and the rest of the family. I have many great memories of Dave from high school onward. He had an infectious smile and was a joy to be around.
It is a great loss to me that I haven't seen him the last several years
RIP brother Phi Kai Phi
Heber Jacobsen
April 23, 2020
Joan and family so sorry to hear about Dave. He was a true friend. Remember well the trip to Alaska and his fishing prowess.Condolences to you and the family and RIP my friend.
Spook
Spook Stang
April 23, 2020
Dear Joan and family...Joan and I express our condolences for your loss. Dave was a great friend beginning with our time together in the Provo LTM and continuing through our missions in Bolivia and beyond. He was so generous to us and our family. We especially remember the time we spent together in Venezuela. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jay and Joan Sitterud
Jay Sitterud
April 23, 2020
Dear Joan and family...Joan and I express our condolences for your loss. Dave was a dear friend. I have so many fond memories of Dave beginning with our LTM experience and continuing through our missions and beyond. He was so generous to us and to our family. Particularly meaningful was the time we shared in Venezuela together. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jay and Joan Sitterud
April 22, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He always made you feel that he truly enjoyed seeing you. I can still see his cute smile - it made you feel happy to be with him. I always appreciated how kind he was to my parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Joan, and your family.

Caren Cannon
Caren Cannon
April 22, 2020
Dear Joan and Family,
Marianne and I were saddened to see this morning that Dave had passed. We have enjoyed your friendship and Dave's enthusiastic zest for life and his robust outgoing personality that was a trademark of his gregarious and loving character. We loved our time together in the young married ward and our life long association. We know he will be truly missed by many friends and admirers. We are thankful for our knowledge of the plan of salvation and that we will be given an enthusiastic hug when we meet again.
With Loving Condolence,
Dick and Marianne Jackson
Richard Jackson
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