David Clark “Dave” Cramblit, Sr

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David Clark “Dave” Cramblit, Sr

  • Birth 23 Jul 1935 Merrill, Lincoln County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 22 Sep 2012 Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 104013245

David "Dave" Clark Cramblit, Sr. passed into the next life at his home after a 25-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

He was born to Milton Clark Cramblit (21 January 1908 - 5 August 1989) and Margaret Elizabeth Leisering (14 January 1913 - 26 December 1992) in Merrill, Lincoln Co., WI, but grew up primarily in Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH.

There, Dave attended Northridge High School (Class of 1953).

He was also a student at the University of Dayton, earning a Bachelor's degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering (BSME; 1957). He was a member of the college's Rifle Club and Math Club, and was their American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) chapter President.

After graduating college, Dave held several jobs, eventually landing a position at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Redstone Arsenal.

He married Joyce Ann Smith, daughter of Douglas M. Smith and Ruth McCoy, on 20 December 1963 in Huntsville.

Dave was very fortunate to have worked at NASA during the Apollo days, when teamwork and camaraderie were at their highest.

He truly loved his job and believed in NASA's mission, retiring in 1994 as a technical management engineering supervisor. In 2000, Dave was awarded NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal.

Dave enjoyed many things in life, including fishing, hunting, hiking, and boating. He particularly enjoyed riding motorcycles. When he was in good health he made the annual trip to Daytona Bike Week with his brother John. His was a kindred spirit and most of all, he enjoyed being with family and friends regardless of the occasion.

He was preceded in death by his namesake son, David Clark Cramblit, Jr.

Dave is survived by his wife Joyce; sons, Paul, Eric, and Carl; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and siblings John, Paul, and Karen.

Dave was a loving father and husband - kind and gentle, generous to a fault. He was a true fighter - he never gave up in his struggle against Parkinson's disease. His body just gave out.

He will be missed by those who knew him and welcomed by those who passed before.

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  • Added: 22 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104013245
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Clark “Dave” Cramblit, Sr (23 Jul 1935–22 Sep 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104013245, ; Maintained by The Mikado, et al. (contributor 46969917) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.