David J. Crinnigan, 72, of Fort Dodge, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at his home
A Celebration of Dave's life will be held at a later date. Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home is serving the family.
He is survived by his son Shane Crinnigan of Fort Dodge, daughter Amy Lund and her husband Justin of Casper, WY, and their children Mackenzie (Jason), Jack and Jayde and a great granddaughter Olivia, daughter Kelly Crinnigan (Nick Manwarren) of Fort Dodge and their children Calvin and Julia, son Tanner Crinnigan of Cedar Falls, brother Bill Crinnigan of Long Beach, CA, sisters, Carol Crinnigan of Fort Dodge and Sue (Joe) Black of Fort Dodge, nieces and nephews Addie Baedke, Joey Fleming, Hayley (Kevin) Venard, Ben Fleming, Ty (Ann) Tabat, Jay (Shanna) Black, Allix Black and Devon (Doug) Steinkamp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dwayne and Vivian (Davis) Crinnigan, sister Annie Crinnigan and his nephew Patrick David Black.
David John Crinnigan was born on July 5, 1947 in Fort Dodge. He attended schools here and graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1966. He then attended Iowa Central Community College. In 1967, Dave was united in marriage to Dinah Bloom. The couple were later divorced. Through the early 1970's Dave owned and operated Crinnigan's Bar. On August 21, 1976, he was united in marriage to Nancy Mehlin and the couple established their home in Fort Dodge. The couple were later divorced but remained close friends. Dave later owned and operated Apple Valley Paint and Repair until retiring in 2008. He enjoyed his time spent on his farm just west of town on the Lizard Creek. Dave truly treasured time spent with his family and friends. No one could tell a story or make you laugh like Dave could. He was a longtime friend of Dr. Bob and Bill W.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
"David was, hands down, the very best and closest friend I've ever had, my whole life. He gave so much of the very best he had to give. He was kind, funny, thoughtful and very wise.
They say children are a reflection of their parents. David's children are a true testament to the kindness and goodness in his soul that he valued and lived out. They are a direct reflection of his ideology, immense character and integrity.
Looking at David, there is so very much to remember, hold onto and enjoy. There is so very much to be proud of in him and in his friendship. He left so much behind, ALL of it good, great and accomplished. We will always want one more story, one more hug, one more laugh, one more year, one more day, just one more?. but if I know David like I think I do, he left no unfinished business. In his great comforting way, he was always reassuring with: "Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be at this exact moment.". I believed him, and still do.
He left us, but with so, so much to remember and hold on to!
He left us, with our hearts full of pride and love for him.
He left us, but he will always be close."
"Dave was a really special man. He was always kind hearted and thoughtful. He was open-minded and a great listener. He could tell a story with the best of them. I know how much his family meant to him. He loved you guys and spoke of you often. I will never forget Dave and will always have fond memories of him. I've been lucky to have him for a friend.
"Dave will always be a beautiful human to me and a comic genius. I have many fond memories on the Lizard Creek with Dave. Swimming in a water hole, campfires, picking ?sandburs? out of my kids bare feet, but mostly laughing at his jokes. Makes me happy just thinking about those carefree days. R.I.P. ?Uncle Sandbur?.
So sorry for your loss.
"As a friend of Bill W I met Dave. He had so much wisdom to share to help new people. I know for me his honesty about his life helped me to get honest about mine and make some changes. He helped a lot of people and remained humble and didn?t want a pat on the back for it. He will be missed by many.
"Every time I had a discussion with Dave I was better for it. "
"Dave knew my dad very well ( jim McFadden) They went hunting and fishing together and I hear stories about him and dave.
RIP Dave you will be missed
Alan McFadden "
"Dave was a friend and neighbor for a long time. Good guy.
"So deeply sorry to hear of Dave's passing, He was such a kind and caring individual. May he Rest in Peace."
"May God's Grace be with Dave and his entire family, Dave was a special friend and will miss talking and visiting with him when our paths ran across each other in Fort Dodge. His sincere concern for his fellow travelers in this life will be missed, he always had a kind word for anyone he met. Rest in Peace, My Friend. "
"Sorry for your Family's loss many good times at his bar back in the day."
"I remember many happy hours of playing with David and Carol when young then later at his bar. He'll be missed. Prayers for his family."
"I?m definitely gonna miss you my buddy!!"
"Such a great guy, he helped many people! My condolences to his family. I want to say thank you to his family for sharing him with friends of Dr. Bob and Bill. I'm grateful to have met him. "
"Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Our whole family have so many memories of all the good times we had growing up next door! We know you have a lot of good memories of your special brother! God Bless! Melodie, Craig and Bill"
"Carol and family, our sympathy and prayers are with you all. Ob and I treasure wonderful memories of Dave. Those jokes, the fun he was, His smile, his friendship~~what a legacy he leaves to us all. Our hearts are sad but we will meet again, forever! Our thoughts are with you, Carol, along with lots of love. ???"
"So sorry to hear Prayer's for all of the family"
"I will never forget working alongside David & his sister Annie at Crinnigan's. Fun times? He was an all around great guy. He will be deeply missed. My sincerest sympathies to David's family; thoughts & prayers. "
"The day I met Dave has stayed in my mind forever. I was 13 and Dave was over at my friend?s house visits his sister. Dave came out to get in his car and saw us sitting in the yard. He walked over to say hello and went on to mesmerize us for two hours with one story after another. Later we worked together at Hy Vee. He couldn?t have been a nicer guy. My life has been made better by knowing him.
"Carol and families of Dave Crinnigan. My deepest condolences to you all. What a shock to our class mates of 1966 and to me especially as we Ha been friends from way back along with his sister Carol as well. R.I.P. DAVID AND FLY HIGH WITH THE ANGEL'S?????"
"Dave and I were together on St. Patrick's Day at noon. He was in his Irish green T-shirt and I was in my Ireland jacket. He was a dear friend. "
"I miss you, my best friend throughout my Ft Dodge life I will think about you every day from now on"
"Dave had a wonderful personality and was loved by many people. He certainly will be missed. "
"Many, many, many good memories I will miss you my friend "
"Sending love to Tanner, and Kelly. I have so many fond memories of your dad. From the farm, to watching the newscast in Minneapolis looking for that one "lie" your mom convinced him was read nightly. Although, I think he caught on to that fairly quickly. With love, Pam Mehlin"
"David helped me out with my sobriety. He was a great man"
"So sorry to hear about Dave. He could always put a smile on my face.
"RIP My Friend; Thank You for Crinnigin?s Bar...fantastic times that I can remember ?"
"We are so sorry to hear about Dave. He was so special, had fun playing pinball with him at ?Crinnigan?s ?! We shared many laughs together. My thoughts and prayers are with you all ?"
"Family & FDSH Class of '66 Classmates of Dave - we are so very sorry for your loss. We trust that the memories you share and cherish will strengthen you during this difficult time and beyond."