Denis in 2009
S. Denis Crapo
  • 71 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 12, 1939
  • Place of birth:
    Olympia, Washington, United States
  • Date of passing: May 24, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Olympia, Washington, United States
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

Denis had a vibrant and dynamic life for over 71 years when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in December, 2010. Further tests revealed pancreatic cancer as well. He stayed strong and fought the cancer for six months with little complaint. On Saturday, May 21, he was having difficulty walking and was brought to the hospital.  He was visited by friends and family on Sunday, and received the Holy Sacrament from church bretheren. His health declined rapidly over the following two days. On May 24, 2011, his doctors made him as comfortable as possible, and at 4:40 p.m., in the company of his beloved wife, his labored breathing stopped and he went home to be with his Lord.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Virginia; eight children, Charles, Julia, Martin, Michelle, James, Matthew, Julia Rose, and Zachariah; two brothers, Gordon and Monte; a sister, Bonnie; 23 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. He will also be deeply missed by the countless members of his church family and his dance family.  He is preceeded in death by his brother Frederick and his son Robert.

Viewing will be in Lacey, Washington, on Friday, June 3 2011, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Funeral Alternatives, 2830 Willamette Drive NE Suite G.

The funeral will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 4 2011, at the LDS Stake Center in Lacey, Washington, 1602 Ruddell Road SE. All are invited - there's plenty of room.

Following the service, the family and close friends will attend the burial in Tumwater, and a reception will follow at the Stake Center in Lacey.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Merlene Miller on 29th May 2014

"Dear Ginny and family, Never was, or has anyone ever been, as accompllshed  a cuer as was Dennis. His musical ability will always be cherished by both Don and I. We miss him too! Love and Hugs,Don and Merlene Miller"

This tribute was added by frank morrell on 12th August 2013

"I have always been grateful for Denis. I met Denis at a Roundalab convention. Denis taught me how to write dances.  Denis mentored me for a number of years. One of the last dances I wrote is being preformed all the time. I keep getting great feedback about how their dancers love it. I can not thank Denis enough. A truly knowledgeable person."

This tribute was added by john harrington on 24th May 2013

"Dear cousin Ginny and Family--Always remembering, praying and thinking often of you, your (and our) family and Stuart Denis.....In HIS LOVE---John and Joan"

This tribute was added by Julia Craypo on 21st June 2012

"Dear, Grandma, and the rest of the  family
grandpa, Denis was alway  such good man to have around i miss him dearly even though i know i will see him again  but till then i  will have a hard time growing up with out him here  to help me, i loved him so dearly when died it was like my heart shatterd and grew back curred i thank the countless friends for all the suport  thankyou"

This tribute was added by Milleah Schuler on 28th December 2011

"Dear Aunt Ginny, I never had the pleasure of getting to know uncle Dennis really well, but of the little I did know he was a great man. I can see how great he was, and how great you are through Julia and Zach. You are in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Ethel Kimbler-Ellis on 22nd August 2011

"I just recently found out about the passing of Denis, my heartfelt condolences to all of you. I have great memories of all of you, especially Denis & Ginny. I will always feel blessed for having known all of you. You opened the world of dance...bless you all. Prayers to all."

This tribute was added by Darrel Mollenhour on 12th June 2011

"Dear Ginny & family,
My deep and sincere condolences to you all.  May the love of Christ comfort you through the heartache. I will greatly miss his precision cuing and love of dancing and of course his wonderful swivel when he danced. ~Darrel"

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Bretschneider on 6th June 2011

"Dear Ginny and family:
Denis was my biggest cheerleader to continue to do cultural events on a church and community level. He was my inspiration and mentor. I am so grateful he gave of his time and talents to help me and so many others. Thank you"

This tribute was added by Gerry Leonard on 4th June 2011

"Our love is sent to the whole Denis Crapo Family and all his dance family he so warmly embraced.  After our 21 years in the Air Force, Denis introduced us to dancing and a whole NEW family.  He and dear Ginny always amazed us with their dancing talen"

This tribute was added by Steve Chandler on 4th June 2011

"Dear Ginny & Crapos, Nelda & I will miss having Denis near.  Your family was one of the first we met when we moved here in 1979.  You were so connected, as a couple, to so many I am sure the funeral will be big. See you there.  Our Love/Prayers to al"

This tribute was added by Tanya Currier on 3rd June 2011

"Dear Ginny & Family.  We were so sorry to hear about Denis.  Our hearts and prayers go to you and your family.  Denis was a wonderful dancer and cuer and will be missed by all his friends.  With all our Love,
Your Friends from the Sou"Wester Council"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Takashina on 2nd June 2011

"Dearest friend,brother-in-law.I have always had the deepest admiration & respect for Denis-his exceptionally high standard,compassion,devotion to friends & family.The pictures move me to tears.I can't believe this life has passed on."

This tribute was added by Donald L. Wiggins on 1st June 2011

"Ginny & Family, You both helped Patricia in many, many ways.  We will miss him and the activity has lost a great man.  We will be there right after Harold Seeley's Memorial.Our prayers are with you.  Don & Pat Wiggins"

This tribute was added by Ginnie Nihcols on 31st May 2011

"Ginny,Matt & family,
I was so saddened to hear about Denis's passing.  I was unaware that he was so sick.  I have numerous and wonderful memories of our great times together, especially in Hoquiam. He will be greatly missed. Ginnie Nichols"

This tribute was added by Virginia Lawrence on 31st May 2011

"Wishing the family well.  Everett and I have known Dennis and Ginny for a long time and will miss Dennis' voice while we are round dancing.
               Everett and Virginia Lawrence
                  Swinging Squares"

This tribute was added by Merlene Miller on 31st May 2011

"Dear Ginny and family,
Don and I have fond memories of dancing with Dennis every weekend while we lived in Ryderwood He had an ear for music like no one we have ever known. Our condolences to you. We will miss him too. Hugs,Don and Merlene Miller"

This tribute was added by Marythea Grebner on 31st May 2011

"Dear Ginny and family,
   Long ago Denis taught us with patience, much encouragement, and obvious love for dance. What a gift to so many people. Thank you and God Bless you all. Marythea Grebner and Edward C. Ford"

This tribute was added by Linda Nold on 31st May 2011

"Dear Ginny and family,
I so looked forward to cueing with Denis this past weekend.  He had always been so supportive of me over the years. I admired him.  May God bless you and your family especially at this time."

This tribute was added by john harrington on 31st May 2011

"Dear cousin Ginny & Family---We share the sadness of the passing & family loss of our beloved Denis...You all have our LOVE and PRAYERS...John & Joan"

This tribute was added by Richard (Monty) Narup on 31st May 2011

"Dear Ginny & family; I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Denis. I remember Denis as a fun loving young man who really enjoyed life. Denis and myself were stationed in Germany together in the 60s. Again let me express my deepest sympathy."

This tribute was added by Sandy Dunkel on 30th May 2011

"Dear Ginny & Family
My heart is heavy with the news of Denis' passing. He will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss.  God bless you and give you peace. Love, Sandy Dunkel"

This tribute was added by Kevin Klein on 30th May 2011

"Dear Ginny and Family:
Our prayers are with you during these trying times.  Remembering well all that Denis and you taught us and the gift of dance you gave us.  RIP my friend ~ we will dance again in heaven!  ~ Kevin & Vicki Klein"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Miover on 30th May 2011

"Ginny, my life has been forever changed by the joy and elegance dancing has brought to my life.  Denis never wavered in giving his all to the beauty, grace and charm of dance. I will always hold him in my memory as the elegant dancer, husband, grandf"

This tribute was added by Theresa Lusby on 30th May 2011

"Dear Ginny & Family,
I will always be Thankful for all the hours I spend at your house, while Denis helped me work on cueing.  What a Mentor he was.  He will be missed, it will be hard to come back to WA and not see him cueing a dance. God Bless"

This tribute was added by Mary Parsons on 30th May 2011

"Dear Ginny & family,
We will always remember the lessons learned from Denis and his friendship and guidence in our to struggle to learn to dance. As a cuer I am thankful for his help and will miss him. Mary & Scott Parsons"

This tribute was added by William R. Wright on 29th May 2011

"Hi Virginia and family,
Joyce and I were sad to hear of Denis's passing.  What fond memories we have of your family as our kids were raised together.  Vicki and her family are in Mattawa with four of her six married. John Tom and Jim are all in Ut."

This tribute was added by Judith Petersen on 29th May 2011

"You and Denis left a legacy of dance with the youth of the church. There were huge dance festivals with so many kids, dances, and costumes! They were taught how to dance with class. You will never know how many lives were touched because of you."

This tribute was added by Harry Wayne Hodges on 29th May 2011

"Dear Ginny and Family; Our Condolences go out to you! Please know that your Square & Round Dance extended Families will be Thinking of you and Praying for his strength to see you this time of loss.  We always enjoyed dancing with Denis and You and Ma"

This tribute was added by Leonard Turner on 29th May 2011

"Dear Ginny & Family,  Sorry for your loss. I have good memories of Denis cueing weekends at Hoquiam, dances at Lac-A-Do and Seattle Square Dance center with a lady you and he found for me.  He lives on in his choreography. Love, Leonard Turner"

This tribute was added by Dorees Blayney on 29th May 2011

"Dear Ginny,
It was a joy to get acquainted with you & Denis at the Diamond Lake Festival a few years ago.  We have enjoyed dancing and teaching so many of your dances. Our hearts go out to you. Bob & Dorees Dingman"

This tribute was added by frank morrell on 29th May 2011

"I met Denis at the national here in Wichita Kansas. I learn how to write dances from Denis that people actually liked dancing to. I always checked his web site for new dances on a regular basis. Both me and my dancers loved his dances. I will miss hi"

This tribute was added by Roger and Shirlee Klein on 29th May 2011

"We met Denis in Portland, OR in 1992 at Nationals.  WE watched you and Denis dancing that evening and vowed we would dance like that, too.  For the next eight years, Denis took us from Phase 3 through Phase 5 round dancing.  Until we meet again, Deni"

This tribute was added by Susie Rotscheid on 29th May 2011

"Dear Ginny & family,
We wish you strength during this time - we will all miss Dennis. We remember his visit to Holland with Matt. - Fondly, Susie & Gert-Jan Rotscheid"

This tribute was added by jerome bruss on 28th May 2011

"My wife Donna and I wish our sincerest sympathy to the Crapo family.  With Donna having experienced lung cancer
we are certainly very much aware of the agony, tension, and grief that besets a family and their loved ones.."

This tribute was added by Jerry Huffman on 28th May 2011

"Dear Ginny and family,
Our deepest sympathy in your loss of Denis.  We shall always remember the great times we had with you at the different venues we attended.  Our love, Jerry and Val"

This tribute was added by John & Karen Herr on 28th May 2011

"Ginny & family,
Denis will be remembered through his dances.  He left a legacy to the round dance movement.  He will be missed.  We're sure he is dancing his way through heaven visiting our dancing family.  Love and prayers, John & Karen"

This tribute was added by Judy Moss on 28th May 2011

"Dear Ginny & Family.
We have danced several times with Denis at Hoaquim.  He has written so many round dances, many of which have become our favorites and many more that are above our level of experience.  May God be with you."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Rooney on 28th May 2011

"Dear Ginny and Family,
Your tremendous loss is shared by so many. Just imagine the lives touched by Denis as he danced, prayed and loved his way through life! Flawless cueing, elegance, and loyal friendship-and those swivel hips! Kathy Rooney"

This tribute was added by Anne & Gup Gupton on 28th May 2011

"Dear Ginny,
We met Denis at Roundalab.  You were unable to be with him that year.  He was such a nice man and we enjoyed talking to him.  Our dancers really enjoy his coreography. Anne & Gup Gupton"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Waguespack on 28th May 2011

"I didn't know Denis but we "talked" electronically many times. We enjoy your choreography. May God Give you Peace and Comfort at this time of sorrow- Marilyn Waguespack"

This tribute was added by Theon Albrecht on 27th May 2011

"Dear Ginny & Family, What a surprise!!! Cliff sent me this notice - he didn't tell me who was for though, and I saw Denis's picture - my mouth flew open and tears sprung to my heart & eyes.  You had a lot of good years dancing through life. I have al"

This tribute was added by Tom and Donna Rohde on 27th May 2011

"Ginny and Family,
Tom and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.  We have special memories of learning Phase 3 and 4 Round Dancing with you and Denis in Tacoma about 20 years ago.  Our love, Tom and Donna Rohde - Auburn, WA"

This tribute was added by Don & Marie Wood on 27th May 2011

"Dear Ginny and family,
We have always been gratefull ot count you and Denis among our closest friends. We are thankfull that we were able to see him at the hospital before he went to be with the lord. You your family are in our prayers."

This tribute was added by Bonnie & Dave Harry on 27th May 2011

"Dear Ginny & family; Our hearts are heavy w/ the news. Please know that all your square & round dance family will be thinking of you this weekend. Our main connection with your family was annually at the campout where we enjoyed our visits. Take care"

This tribute was added by Bill Buck on 27th May 2011

"dear Ginny & family,
We shall always remember how warm and kind you were to us when we came to Washington to do festivals.  We have used many of your dances and still do.  May the Lord give you peace at this time.  Love, Bill & Martha Buck"


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