David Calvin Cragun
David Calvin Cragun 1974 ~ 2006 David Calvin Cragun, beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend, passed away unexpectedly March 20, 2006 at his home with his constant companion Willow at his side. He was much loved and will be greatly missed. David was born October 2, 1974 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Calvin and Celestia Van Tussenbroek Cragun. He lived in Salt Lake all his life and graduated from Valley High as the class valedictorian, an honor of which he was most proud. David had a talent for music and writing and expressed himself wonderfully through them. He loved his sisters and their families. His nieces and nephews called him Uncle Santa Claus. He was a great support to his parents in loving his younger brother. David had a special relationship with him and they shared a love of WWE Smackdown. David was so tender and patient with his brother and Robbie loved David deeply. David had recently returned to college in pursuit of attaining a nursing degree. He loved the Chill Program at Benchmark and enjoyed taking the clients snowboarding each week. He wanted to make a difference in their lives. David was a loyal friend to everyone. He went out of his way to help others and often put their desires before his own. The family would like to thank David's friends who have been such a support to him. They were an important part of his life. The family would appreciate your sharing memories of David. Please email to [email protected] David is survived by his parents, his sisters Marlayn (Russ) Shreeve, Cari (Randy) Bobo, his brother Robbie and his nieces and nephews. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles who loved him, his dog Willow and his cat Jamison. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Adrianus and Fern Van Tussenbroek and Wallace and Vivian Cragun. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 25, 2006, 1:00 p.m. at the Cannon Mortuary, 2460 Bengal Blvd. Friends may call Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cannon Mortuary and Sat. prior to the funeral from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.
Published by Deseret News from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2006.
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You presence will be greatly missed by the entire Black Rock community.

Ranger Love,

Beauty
Ranger Beauty
April 9, 2006
Much love for Dave and his family.
Bryan Halcott
April 7, 2006
You will always be missed. I'm going to cherish all the memories that I have of you. I Know that you are in a better place now. My thoughts and prayers go out to everybody who knew Dave. I'm going to miss you
Brian Pineau
April 6, 2006
Dave, I will always remember you and love you.
Davi west
April 3, 2006
Cragun Family,
So sorry to hear about David. I wish I would have been able to be there at the funeral. News is a little slower getting here in Tooele County. I will always remeber David and his great sense of humor growing up. He will be greatly missed. Marlayn, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family at this time. Keep in touch and lets not let the time slip away anymore. I love you all!
Sharlyn (vanUitert) Clelland
April 2, 2006
Dear Cragons,
I noticed your Son's obituary notice next to our Daughter's Ashley Ann Call. Ashley went to CBTU the same time as Robby. I am very sorry for your loss.When we can all breath again feel free to email me. Richard and I would like to go to dinner with you guys after all these years and maybe we can support each other in figuring out how to go on after losing a child.
Marilyn Call
April 1, 2006
Dear Cragun Family,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of David. May God bless and comfort you all at this time. I send my love and am grateful to have grown up near such a great family. You are in my thoughts a prayers.
Janiece (Jackson) Sloan
March 31, 2006
It saddens me so to know we have all lost such a great spirit and friend. Dave was someone you could rely on and laugh with. Life is really to short. I am sorry you didn't have time to meet Cassandra and that we never went snowboarding together! She would have loved to grab that beard! Bring us many sunny days! You will be greatly missed!!!
Janice Boes
March 31, 2006
Cragun Family,
I have many fond memories of the Cragun family having grown up in the same ward. Oh, the old days!! I am so very sorry for your loss. It is a tragedy to lose someone so young and loved. You are all in my prayers.
Carolee (Jackson) Bates
March 29, 2006
I will miss you forever my soul mate
Mindy Stevenson
March 29, 2006
Dave,
Please say, "hi" to all of our friends that you are no doubt catching up with right now. I am glad that when my time comes, you guys will all be there ready for me.
Also, tell my son (to be born early May), to behave when he comes. Teach him how to be a good person and a great friend, you will be a great role model for that.
amanda beltz
March 28, 2006
David,
I was able to meet your friends and to learn a little bit more about you this weekend as I attended your funeral. It saddens me I didn't make more of an effort to know you better in life. The way you lived your life and reached out to others selflessly will always be an example for me.

Your family loves you so much and I hope, rather I know , you are making a special warm place for them where the sun is alway shining and the music rings loud.

Thank you for the gift that you gave me this weekend, I will try and "pay it forward."

Goodbye Dutch gentle giant.

love your cousin,
Brandon
brandon tisherman
March 27, 2006
Dear Cragun Family,
We worked with Dave for many years and will always remember him as a man of compassion and tenacity. I wish all could have seen him working so hard to guarantee the Benchmark boys attended Chill and the advocacy he displayed getting them to vital medical appointments. He filled a room with his size and his heart..we are so sorry for your loss and we grieve ours.
Alisa and Michael Sorenson
March 26, 2006
Dearest Cragun Family:

I am so sorry to hear of Davids passing. I will always remember him as Marlayns cute little blonde haired brother with an infectious smile. I adore you all and wish you every comfort in your sorrow. You are in my prayers as well as my heart.
Michelle (Kramer) Jones
March 25, 2006
Dear Calvin & Celestia,

We read of your dear son's passing on the internet and we are so very sorry. We remember meeting David when we were at a soccer game out in Sandy a couple of years ago. We remember watching David with his brother Robbie and how precious he was with him. We didn't know David but his actions that night with his brother spoke volumes. We knew his grandparents quite well and we are sure there was a nice reunion in the heavens, and that they will take good care of David for you. May the Lord bless you and your family at this very difficult time in your lives.
Garth and Kay Lynn Wakefield
March 25, 2006
Cal, I was deeply saddened to see the notice of your loss. I never got to meet your son, but your family were part of my family in the 33rd North Ward, and we remember you all with great affection.
Please accept our sincere condolences.

Jack Grover, Dan Grover, John R. Grover
John Grover
March 25, 2006
Dave was my buddy.
Mike Abu
March 25, 2006
Cal and Celeste,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May the Lord's spirit be with you and comfort you.
Scott Carter
March 24, 2006
Dear Cuz, Celestia and Cal, we were sadden to learn of your son, David, death. We did not know him but we know his parents and his aunts, especially Jann, and what great people you are. We are sorry to be in touch in this manner. May you and your family find great peace in knowing that he is happy being with Aunt Fern and Uncle Art on the other side. We hope you will know you are in our prayers and that your hearts will be filled with his sweet memory.
Your cousin, Kathy Van Tussenbroek Daynes and Bill my husband.
kathy daynes
March 24, 2006
Words seem inadequate when describing what a sense of loss I am feeling right now. I keep seeing in my mind this great, warm, smiling, bright, sweetheart coming at me with huge arms ready not only to lovingly hug me but to momentarily protect me from every evil out there in his huge embrace. Dave was a caring, loyal friend who made me laugh and was always willing to support me.I will always be thankful that he touched my life. My most heartfelt condolences to his family, and all of those who knew and loved him.
I Love you cousin Dave!
Ashley Veenendaal
March 24, 2006
I never got to know Dave as well as I would have liked to, but everytime we met he always made me smile and I thought of him often. He was a wonderful person, a man that I would have loved to have been very close to in my life. I'm glad for all of those he touched and that he had so many people who will always love and miss him. My condolences to his family and friends. I will keep you in my thoughts as I will always keep him.
S. W.
March 24, 2006
I served Dave many a coffee at the Coffee Garden. I also had the pleasure of chilling with him at KRCL. He had the biggest heart of anyone. I feel graced to have met him. I am so sorry to the family for having to suffer through such a great loss. My heart goes out to you.
Margaret Lake
March 24, 2006
We all meet a few special people in life who fill up the room with their presence. You could always tell that Dave was near, not by his voice but merely by his warm, glowing presence. Thanks, Dave, for making my own life richer just by knowing you. Take care, brother.
Truman Wold
March 24, 2006
Dear Cal and Cheleste:

Art and I were so shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. We can't imagine loosing a child. Our love and prayers go out to you and your family. Know that we love you as a brother.

Kathie, Art Peterson, and kids.
Kathie Peterson
March 24, 2006
DAVID!
Mike Lloyd
March 24, 2006
My heart goes out to everyone who knew Dave, as he will be greatly missed. I am so sad to hear this news. I grew up with Dave, on the same street, but actually got to know him better as I got older, as we had some of the same friends and hung out at some of the same places. I always felt safe when he was around and was always happy to see his smile and hear his friendly hellos. I will really miss seeing Dave around, but I know he's in good hands. My prayers are with him, his family, and all of his many friends who are greiving.
Karin Bozich (McLean)
March 24, 2006
To have Dave as my friend has been a great gift. I learned so much from him about humility, trust, honesty, tolerance and love.
His spirit is strong and will live in our hearts forever. He touched so many people as his life journey unfolded. He is loved, and will be missed terribly. I am proud to have known him.
Susie Killfoile
March 24, 2006
Cal, Celestia, and family, I am so sorry to hear of David's untimely death. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May God's message of eternal life give you peace at this time. Love Kitty
Kitty Wright
March 24, 2006
Dave's gigantic heart had an impact on my life. I admired his kind, gentle and courageuos spirit. I miss already his warm greetings, his all engulfing hugs, his sharp wit. He was graceful in his thoughts as well as his actions. My heart goes out to his family and to all the people (I know there are many) who reserved an amused and loving corner of their lives for thoughts of Dave.
Kestrel and Jerry Liedtke
March 24, 2006
Dear Cal and Celestia,
I am so sorry to hear about David. I remember one time at a meeting for his brother, Celestia said something, and both David and his sister shook their heads "no" behind Celestia. I couldn't help but laugh! Give Robbie a big hug for me. I love you guys. My prayers are with you.
Carron Kopren (Jordan Valley)
March 23, 2006
Tuss & Cal,

You are in my prayers and have my undying love. David may be gone but he will never be forgotten. He was a good son and a great brother. May God comfort you in the knowledge that there are many who met him in Paradise and will care for him as long as needed.
Ruth Ann Prather
March 23, 2006
DEAR CAL & CELESTIA,

SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DAVID. HIS FREE SPIRIT ALWAYS MADE ME SMILE WHEN HE WOULD COME TO SEE DR. SMITH. I REMEMBER GIVING HIM THE LECTURE IF HE DIDN'T HAVE HIS TONGUE BAR HE WUOLDN'T HAVE BROKEN HIS TOOTH. I ALWAYS HAD MY FAVORITE PATIENTS AND YOU FAMILY WAS PART OF MY LIST. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE LEFT DR. SMITH'S OFFICE AND MOVED TO AZ, I THINK OF MY OTHER FAMILY OF 21 YEARS AND WONDER HOW EVERYON IS DOING. WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT THE INTERNET SO I CAN KEEP TRACK OF WHAT'S GOIN ON IN SLC. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU.

LIZ (DR. STEVE SMITH'S FORMER EMPLOYEE)
LIZ LEICHTLE
March 23, 2006
DEAR CAL & CELESTIA,

SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DAVID. HIS FREE SPIRIT ALWAYS MADE ME SMILE WHEN HE WOULD COME TO SEE DR. SMITH. I REMEMBER GIVING HIM THE LECTURE IF HE DIDN'T HAVE HIS TONGUE BAR HE WOULDN'T HAVE BROKEN HIS TOOTH. I ALWAYS HAD MY FAVORITE PATIENTS AND YOUR FAMILY WAS PART OF MY LIST. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE LEFT DR. SMITH'S OFFICE AND MOVED TO AZ, I THINK OF MY OTHER FAMILY OF 21 YEARS AND WONDER HOW EVERYON IS DOING. WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT THE INTERNET SO I CAN KEEP TRACK OF WHAT'S GOIN ON IN SLC. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU.

LIZ (DR. STEVE SMITH'S FORMER EMPLOYEE)
LIZ LEICHTLE
March 23, 2006
Dave was a wonderful and blessed friend that touched my life deeply and made this world a better place to live. He will always be with me. Love you Kracken.
Meg Westerhold
March 23, 2006
Dave -- Gonna miss you real bad. One memory lights up my thoughts: You running around like a big puppy during our brief visit in NYC.
Jimmy Hamamoto
March 23, 2006
You walked this earth as a giant. A giant in every way, in heart, in soul, in love. Love you dearly brother.
leif myrberg
March 23, 2006
We will miss his laughter and his smile. Our prayers go to you and your family.
Kreg Weight
March 23, 2006
Dave will be missed by all that knew him. I worked with him for 4 years, it was funny people that did'nt know him were intimidated by this giant of a man. Everyone that really knew him knew that he was the kindest, most gentle guy you could ever meet. What a great loss to us all.My heart goes out to his family.
Shannon Barnson
March 23, 2006
I'm proud to have known you as friend. I am sad to lose you so soon.
Michael Waters
March 23, 2006
My ernest, sincere, and heartfelt sympathies and condolences to your friends and family. The community lost a strong and lovable personality. Dave, you will be missed by all those you touched.
Michael Garcia
March 23, 2006
Dave was one of the first friends I made after coming to Utah. He later introduced me to Kiera, who would later become my wife. For this and being a loyal friend I will always be thankful. Dave you will be greatly missed.
Scott Packer
March 23, 2006
Dave was interesting and kind, made good conversation, and had an excellent sense of humor. He demonstrated his love for music and the community by volunteering at KRCL. I'll always remember his on-air interview with a big-name musician where he was nervous, but really took control and did a great job. I admired his courage and will miss seeing him around.
Sabra Richardson
March 23, 2006
You will truly be missed Dave. I will miss your great smile, your huge hugs and your never ending love for Willow and I will always be thankful to you for introducing scott and I. I am glad to have been able to call you a friend Dave.
kiera kincaid-packer
March 23, 2006
Dave and I became acquainted as he volunteered at KRCL Community Radio. He was always so pleasant to be around. The world of thos who knew him will miss him!
Lori Rosendahl
March 23, 2006
Dave was such a sweet, intelligent, and thoughtful person. I feel privileged to have known him. My heart aches for his friends and family. I know he will be greatly missed.
Rebecca Ray
March 23, 2006
Dear Craguns,
Dave, as a 14 year old "hung-out" with my daughters and their friends. His sense of humor was great. He often came over after school and I remember taking the him and his buddies downtown to skateboard. I'm very sorry for your loss but he lives on in our fond memories. He was a sweet, sweet, boy.
Best regards,
Jan Walker
March 23, 2006
Dear Cal and Family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your son David. Our prayers are with you at this time. You have played an important part in our family's lives. Your friends always.
Lou & Bev Davis
March 23, 2006
Dave, You will be missed! I will miss jumping on the trampoline with you. Hey- I'll never forget Canada either. Love you Dave
Scott Joubert
Scott Joubert
March 23, 2006
A friend is a gift you give yourself. Today we've all lost a great gift.
Dave, you will be missed.
Jennifer Parker
March 23, 2006
My deepest sympathy to Dave's family and friends. We have all lost a great friend. Dave much love, I will miss you dearly. May you find peace and happiness.
Danielle, Jaydra and Tavren
Danielle Barteaux
March 23, 2006
Dave,
You were a gentle giant taken from us much too soon. Peace be with you and your family.
Charity Gleason
March 23, 2006
My love and prayers are with your family. Dave was such a good friend to me. He had a knack for helping me to feel good about myself - and that is no small feat in middle school and high school! I will miss his laugh and big, toothy grin. Dave was an extraordinary person and I genuinely look forward to seeing him again one day and sharing one of his amazing hugs.
Sarah Otteson Linton
March 23, 2006
I'll miss you Dave. May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand.

Erik Stephens
Erik Stephens
March 23, 2006
Whoever expects one's child to die before they do? The experience can be daunting but principles and knowledge of what is next for our loved ones can bring peace if not comfort. David's picture, and description of his personality, reminded me so much of our Stephen who has now been gone 4 years this month. Perhaps they have met already and are joking together while teaching the angels how to put a little more spirit in their songs. Time may heal wounds, but the love in one's heart for a son who is beyond reach never leaves. May you feel the peace and love of our Savior at this time.
Much Love
Your cousin Nell Morgan
Nell Morgan
March 23, 2006
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