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David Joseph Crider, 60, of Suttons Bay, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Munson Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
David was born Sept. 24, 1956 in Flint, the son of James August Crider and Josephine Frances (Nemeskal) Crider. On Dec. 1, 1979 at St. Michael's Church of Suttons Bay, he married Sherri (Leabo) Crider, who survives.
Dave was a car buff, master mechanic and master welder. From a very young age Dave developed a love for mechanics. Professionally he worked as a teen for Vans Garage in Leland followed by Jacks Auto in Traverse City for over a decade before owning his own business, D&D Auto and Speed Shop. There he fulfilled his passion of serving his community and building custom drag cars. He loved drag racing at Kaleva and the Mid-Michigan Motorplex in his 1966 El Camino named "The Critter." For many years Dave worked to restore his brother James' 1957 Chevy.
Dave was also a self-taught drummer and had his own rock and roll band named Breakwater. His natural gift as an artist was a therapeutic hobby. He could draw, paint and loved building his intricate collection of model cars.
He loved the outdoors, especially hunting on the family farms in Lake Leelanau and Suttons Bay and fishing on Little Traverse Lake. The family has fond memories of camping trips to the Upper Peninsula when his children were young.
Dave is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Sherri; three children, Christine (Josh) Porter, David A. Crider and Laura J. Crider; a sister, Cheryl (Michael) Wildfong; a sister-in-law, Jean (Tom) LaVigne; four nieces and nephews, Doug (Sheila) Crider, Amy (Scott) Connolly, Gwyn (Brad) Abbott and Nicole Petrella; two grandchildren, Tyler and Anna Porter; and many loving members of the Leabo family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Bruce Crider.
Visitation will be held today, March 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m., at the West Side Community Church of Traverse City. Burial in Suttons Bay will be announced at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to Suttons Bay-Bingham Fire and Rescue, PO Box 280, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.
Condolences may be shared with David's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on March 13, 2017
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