David Crandall
David Ray Crandall was born on May 23, 1953, in Peoria, IL to John Stanley and Lelia Pearl Seddon Crandall. David left us to be with the Lord on September 28, 2021 after fighting the Covid 19 virus, pneumonia, and the many complications caused by this insidious virus. David was an eight-year veteran of the United States Air Force and will be interred at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas on October 25, 2021.
He was preceded in death by both parents and his sister, Linda Crandall Johnson. David is survived by his loving wife Robin Crandall, his 3 siblings; John Stanley Crandall, Nancy Lee Crandall, and Debora Kay Crandall, and his five children, three step-daughters, and 24 grandchildren.
Children; David Ray Crandall Jr, Jason Roy Crandall, Robert John Crandall, Elizabeth Rae Crandall, John Stanley Crandall III, and his step-daughters; Kristen Staib, Nichole O'Kelley, and Danielle Staib. David was blessed with and loved 24 grandchildren; Ella, Eden, David Jr, Ivy, Joseph, Morgan, Megan, Madison, Donnieay, Aaliyah, Kameron, Iverson, Ruby, Royce, Ayden, Dixie, Brooke, Coralee, Isabelle, Fiona, Colleen, Jacob, Justin and Stella.
His extended family is extensive. Nieces, nephews, cousins, uncle, and aunts were all close. There are many people who called him Papa, or Old Man as he stepped up to be there for anyone in need of a strong, loving hand. It's impossible to list all of those to whom David has made a pivotal difference.
David was "a Car Guy", and loved driving, racing, and working on muscle cars since his youth. More than one car club benefited from his expertise, and friendship.
David proudly served in the United States Air Force for eight years, leaving for family matters. Continuing his passion for aircraft and big engines, he worked for MacDonald Douglas and Boeing for over thirty years building aircraft. He estimated having a hand in building 2,351 aircraft. Dave was one of the last men in the hanger when the C-17 plant closed for good. He knew the C-17, DC-10, MD-11, MD 80, B52, and F16 as well as his Dodge Challenger. Crew chief for the B52, and later F16s. Boeing re-hired him in 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic to help manage repairs on the grounded 737's in San Antonio. He was set to retire on September 30.
Dave was known for his 6'4" presence, his great smile, his pony-tail (post Air Force), great laugh, and his all-healing hugs. He was also known for his often very strong opinions on this Country and family values. He wanted the best for everyone, including those who strongly disagreed with his opinions (except politicians). David loved his family, his friends, his country, great cars, and of course, the Steelers.
David called himself "The Highlander", declaring he will live forever. He will, indeed; in lineage, in so many hearts and minds, as well as this great adventure into his next life.
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Published by Legacy on Oct. 12, 2021.
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