In Memory of

David Lee Crawford

November 22, 1938 - July 1, 2018
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Golden Valley, MN
David  Lee Crawford

David Lee Crawford

Born: November 22, 1938
Died: July 1, 2018
Age: 79

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David Lee Crawford (age 79) a resident of Spencer, Iowa, formerly Golden Valley, Minnesota, passed away peacefully July 1, 2018, at the Spencer Municipal Hospital after a long battle with cancer. David was surrounded by friends and family.

David was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on November 22, 1938.

David was preceded in death by his parents, George and Sarah Crawford, two sisters, two brothers, and five brothers-in-law.

David is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marion Helland (Feb. 19, 1972), two daughters Davorse (Jeff) Kimbrel and Virginia Webbs (Michael Woods) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a special nephew, Gary Crawford of Minneapolis, Minnesota, six grandchildren, and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. David is also survived by three sisters, Virgie DeBerry, Malinda Thomas, and Maxine Thomas (all of Grand Rapids, Michigan), and one sister-in-law, Augustine Crawford of Richfield, Minnesota.

Remembrances may be sent to Warner Funeral Home, Spencer, Iowa.


A Perfect Union

A question white persons often asked David and I when they had a chance: How did you two meet? Easy answer: A mutual friend introduced us. However, not a satisfactory answer to many because these questions were not asked: How did you meet this mutual friend?  Was the friend a male or female? Black or white? These glaring omissions open a way to discuss segregation, expectations, and how David and I got where we are today.

Another question we often encountered had an advisory tone: You two have nothing in common. Which led to: Do you know what you are doing? You are of different races, religions, educational experiences.

Because people failed to look beyond the color of our skin, they also failed to see the many similarities that cemented our union. Isom Chapel accepted David into God’s grace at age 11. I was confirmed in Lutheran Faith at age 16. Our educational experiences were quite similar as well, yet the outcomes quite different due to societal impact. We both attended one-room schools with several grades for one teacher. David attended a Catholic school in Holly Springs, Mississippi. David remained self-motivated even though the expectations of success were not there. The choice of those around him was to stay and pick cotton. Even though he was a leader and helped teach his classmates and aspired to be a professor, he had the disappointment of having to drop out of school, which led to his leaving Mississippi. Due to the lack of support, David’s journey had been and continued to be difficult, yet he used his many talents to make his way even when no way seemed obvious.

On the other hand, I attended a series of one room schools until 6th grade. Seventh grade was in a small town in Cylinder, Iowa. Support and help was plentiful with college a possibility. Similar to David’s hope to be a professor, I wanted to be a teacher. We both liked school and learning and were successful.

We did not meet until years later. I loved teaching, and David loved his construction work, his limousine company, cooking the fish he caught, gardening, and making head cheese. David was proud of his degree in masonry and was a member of the CATO Masonic Temple and Elks Ames Lodge 106, and I was proud of him.

Most importantly, we both loved spending time together. We were a team, and our differences complemented and completed our union. I am heartbroken to lose him and struggle to find a way in a world without David in it.                          

                                                                        ~Marion Helland

Funeral services will take place 1:30 P.M., Saturday, July 7, at Faith Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Lee Laaveg
Jeff Kimbrel
Michael Woods
Wayne Koppen
James Thomas
Calvin Jones
Giles Deberry

Orville Helland
George Doocy
Robert Jones
Jim Fairchild
Gordon Watson
Gary Crawford
Visitation will be open after 3:00P.M., Friday at the funeral home and will resume at the church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
"Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
"How Great Thou Art"
North Lawn Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 9:30 PM
“Marion Helland ”
- Joan Beckman
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 9:30 PM
“Dear Marion Helland... my mom Jeanne Kajewski Higgins spoke fondly of you her “ best friend” from childhood. I loved reading the Christmas cards telling what you & David had been doing . Your note about similarities of people & different paths taken really has me tripping down memory lane. I did not know David yet your reference to head cheese made me recall my dad Bernard . David did not have the opportunity for college due to circumstances he could not change. Mom did not become a Nurse as could not afford tuition .Can you believe my best friend still from Creighton University Days is named Marian. She is a teacher. One more common thread. Our youngest son is named David .May your 46 yrs together help you in you loss. With sincere sympathy & prayers, Jeanne’s daughter Joan”
- Joan Beckman
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 12:59 PM
“To Davorse and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Wish you the very best during this time of sorrow and remembrance. God bless all of you.
Joe Aitchison ”
- Joe Aitchison
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 8:17 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of David's passing, he was truly a remarkable man. We enjoyed his company for what short time he was with us here in Spencer. Our prayers are with Marion. ”
- Lezlie Pohlman
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 8:17 AM
“May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you, and God Grant the Crawford, Kimbrell, & Webb’s Family strength and peace.
Lucius, Lisa, Mariah Manning ”
- Lisa Manning
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 8:17 AM
“You were the story of all, Our lives in the north side community in mpls , I cannot began to tell you all the places we all felt comfortable at in your attendance, Rivervire was my first place and Mts Arlnela’a may she also Rest In Peace . I thank you again and again for making me and my husbands wedding awesome and , just being you for all you did for our community,and giving your heart to all in need, we’re going to miss you and me the laughs in checking in on you living so far away, rest I peace, your still our rock , my God be with you. 🙏🙏🙏💕”
- Tammy Belle
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