Friday, June 21, 2024

David Dennon Crandall, 70

WILMINGTON — David Dennon Crandall, 70, of Baltimore, MD, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Wilmington, North Carolina.  He spent his last week in a joyful house full of family at Kure Beach, enjoying life to the fullest.

David was born in Mobile, Alabama on February 17, 1952, to Dorothy and Mace Crandall.  The family moved to Iowa for several years before settling in Berea, Kentucky. There he began his musical explorations, including taking up French Horn at the ripe age of 12. He was also introduced to the Appalachian music and culture that continued to infuse his work for the rest of his life.  He graduated from Berea College, then earned a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. After moving to Baltimore, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Imaging, Media, and Digital Arts from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. David became a crucial figure in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore theater and arts community, especially in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, which he helped to establish.

Often described as a Renaissance man, David was a gifted musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, computer whiz, voracious reader, and innovative cook.  Known for his wry sense of humor, he was also a loving brother, uncle and great uncle, and proud liberal.  He was generous with his knowledge, time, and talents, and was a musical inspiration to many, whether playing classical, folk or jazz.  David will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

David is survived by his sister, Cora Wise (Stewart) of Greensboro, North Carolina; brothers Ross Blount (Lorena) of Allerton, Iowa, and Bill Blount (Deb) of Prescott, Arizona; six nieces, seven nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews, and his faithful 1992 Ford Festiva.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mace and Dorothy Crandall, and siblings Robert Crandall and Susan Janet Baker.

Aquamation services were provided by Tranquility Cremation www.waternotfire.com.  A celebration of David’s life will be held in Baltimore (date TBD), and he will be interred near his mother in Mobile, Alabama.

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