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David Crichton

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David “Dave” Archibald Crichton died of natural causes at Bayside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pensacola, Florida on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Dave passed peacefully in his sleep as he always wished to do. He was 88 years old.

Dave was born in Dundee, Illinois on May 29, 1927. He was the first child of Archibald Daniel Crichton and Mary Alice Brown Crichton. Dave’s sisters were Margaret Crichton Newman, Janette Crichton Haney and Jean Carol Crichton. He credited his home and farm life in Dundee for helping him become a resourceful man. He graduated from Kane County High School in 1942. At 16 he moved with his family to Whitewater, Wisconsin. He served his country as Army infantry from 1946-1949 and was stationed in Pensacola, Florida.

Dave was a proud father of four children. He and his first wife Margaret had two sons, William “Bill” David Crichton and Jeffery “Jeff” Daniel Crichton. In 1963 he married the love of his life Cathleen “Cathy” Medley Crichton and enjoyed 38 years of happy marriage with her. They lived in Albany, Georgia until 1992. He graciously adopted Cathy’s daughter Annette and was further blessed with another daughter, Carol in 1966.

He triumphed over advanced colon cancer in 1976 and went on to live an exceptionally healthy life. He said he survived cancer because he had to finish raising his family. Dave was always a man of work and had many jobs over the years. He was a dairy farmer, commercial truck farmer, truck driver, plantation property manager, Lilliston tractor quality inspector, self-employed cabinet maker, insurance salesman, Jim Walker home salesman, hardware specialty clerk, security guard and the Dougherty County Schools primary furniture repairman. In Albany, he designed and built residential kitchens as well as several stand alone classrooms.

Cathy and Dave retired in 1992 to Fort Gaines, Georgia where they loved the peace and beauty of the lake and treasured their community. He continued to work in his retirement and built sturdy outbuildings, a hurricane proof seawall and made many clever modifications to their home as well as making a beautiful azalea garden for Cathy. Dave was also a man of service to others and after Cathy’s death in 2001; he stayed involved with the Fort Gaines First United Methodist Church and served as church taxi to many of his friends. He lived independently until 2012 when he went to live with Jeff and his family in Molino, Florida. His last years of life were spent as a resident at Bayside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pensacola. Even though he had advanced dementia he was a friendly and ideal patient and always found a way to help others as he was able.

Dave outlived his sons but he is survived by his daughters Annette Crichton Owens of New Hope, Minnesota and Carol Crichton Pike of Decatur, Georgia; sons by marriage Todd P. Pike and Jim Owens; daughter by marriage Bobbie Weaver Crichton; grand-children Carla Rena Crichton, Eric Daniel Crichton, Tony Crichton; great-grandchildren Cole Crichton and Carmen Crichton. He is also survived by his dear life-long friend Earl Gill of Parrott, Georgia who helped him with car trouble the day he moved to Albany in 1954.

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