He was united in marriage August 16, 1969 at Centerpoint Church of God of Prophecy in Myrtle, Mo. to Sandra Whittenburg.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy Crews of the home in Couch, Mo.; two sons, Michael Crews and wife, Pam of Alton, Mo. and Jeffrey Crews of Rolla, Mo.; three grandchildren, Timothy and Taylor Crews of Alton, Mo. and Isabel Crews of Rolla Mo.; mother-in-law, Alice Whittenburg of Couch, Mo.; uncle, Lee Crews of Crestwood, Mo.; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jonathan and Ruby Crews; Myles and Beulah Dethrow and Hubert Whittenburg.
David will be remembered as a businessman and leader in his community. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1972. He was employed by Eaton Corporation for several years and was former president of the West Plains Rotary Club. David, along with his wife, Sandy, owned the Thayer Dairy Queen from 1990 to 1996. He was active in numerous organizations including Missouri Farm Bureau and Oregon County Extension Council. He also served as Republican Committeeman for the Jobe precinct.
David was a prominent farmer in the area. He enjoyed traveling with his family and friends, life on the farm, deer hunting, and cooking for church dinners and family gatherings. He especially enjoyed making deer jerky for his grandchildren and cherished the time he spent with them.
He was a dedicated Christian, a Gideon and an active member of Centerpoint Church of God of Prophecy in Myrtle. In 1995, he was baptized in Fredrick Creek on his own property.
David will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He will be truly missed by his family, many friends and the community in which he lived.
Funeral services for Mr. Crews were held on Sunday, March 17, 2013, in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer, Mo. with Bro. Jake Lawrence, Bro. Charles Trantham and, Bro. Russell Hensley officiating. Burial was in the Cotton Creek Cemetery at Couch, Mo.. Services were under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Mo.