And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
  • 71 years old
  • Born on August 12, 1939 in Olympia, Washington, United States.
  • Passed away on May 24, 2011 in Olympia, Washington, United States.

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.

Posted by Merlene Miller on May 29, 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
Posted by Frank Morrell on August 12, 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.
Posted by John Harrington on May 24, 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
Posted by Julia Craypo on June 21, 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
Posted by Milleah Schuler on December 28, 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.
Posted by Ethel Kimbler-Ellis on August 22, 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.
Posted by Darrel Mollenhour on June 12, 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
Posted by Elizabeth Bretschneider on June 6, 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
Posted by Steve Chandler on June 4, 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
Posted by Gerry Leonard on June 4, 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
Posted by Tanya Currier on June 3, 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
Posted by Dorothy Takashina on June 2, 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.
Posted by Donald L. Wiggins on June 1, 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
Posted by Richard (Monty) Narup on May 31, 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.
Posted by John Harrington on May 31, 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
Posted by Linda Nold on May 31, 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.
Posted by Marythea Grebner on May 31, 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
Posted by Merlene Miller on May 31, 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
Posted by Virginia Lawrence on May 31, 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
Posted by Ginnie Nihcols on May 31, 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
Posted by Mary Parsons on May 30, 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
Posted by Theresa Lusby on May 30, 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
Posted by Dorothy Miover on May 30, 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
Posted by Kevin Klein on May 30, 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
Posted by Sandy Dunkel on May 30, 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
Posted by Susie Rotscheid on May 29, 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
Posted by Roger And Shirlee Klein on May 29, 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
Posted by Frank Morrell on May 29, 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
Posted by Dorees Blayney on May 29, 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
Posted by Leonard Turner on May 29, 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
Posted by Harry Wayne Hodges on May 29, 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
Posted by Judith Petersen on May 29, 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.
Posted by William R. Wright on May 29, 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.
Posted by Marilyn Waguespack on May 28, 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
Posted by Anne & Gup Gupton on May 28, 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
Posted by Kathleen Rooney on May 28, 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
Posted by Judy Moss on May 28, 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.
Posted by John & Karen Herr on May 28, 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
Posted by Jerry Huffman on May 28, 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
Posted by Jerome Bruss on May 28, 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..
Posted by Bill Buck on May 27, 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
Posted by Bonnie & Dave Harry on May 27, 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
Posted by Don & Marie Wood on May 27, 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.
Posted by Tom And Donna Rohde on May 27, 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
Posted by Theon Albrecht on May 27, 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

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