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Miss you and Love you! Dana Crumpton!

Tribute to Dana Crumpton

May 23, 2019

By James Sanders


On May 23, 2019, at about 4:00 PM, Deb Murphy sent me an e-mail informing me that Dana Crumpton had quietly passed away, surrounded by his family and friends. He had been waging a war with cancer for several years, and in the end he was called home to his Father.

As Deb pointed out to me that day, Dana will “always be remembered for his kind heart and soul, always ready to give even to the end.”

I first became acquainted with Dana through an article he wrote for the HypoPARA-Post. What caught my interest is the fact that his medical history was very similar to mine, as was our diagnosis, Familial Hypoparathyroidism.  It turned out that his grandfather, father, eventually he were diagnosed with the disorder, but none of them knew that until his Grandfather was diagnosed in the 1970’s, while he was recovering from a heart attack and his lab results indicated he had hypoparathyroidism.

Dr. Michael Mannstadt, one of the Medical Advisors, was able to identify a mutation in the G11 gene in his family.

Dana will always be remembered for his willingness to “give to others, even up to the end.”  He was forever being an advocate for Hypoparathyroidism patients around the world.

Dana wrote that he was “excited to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Hypoparathyroidism.”  He was surprised when I nominated him to be the Chairman of the Board at our annual Board Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, and quickly rose to the occasion and demonstrated a strong desire to serve hypoparathyroidism patients all over the world.

In short, he made a difference and continued to make a difference in the world of hypoparathyroidism.

Even towards the end of his valiant struggle with cancer he remained forever an advocate for hypoparathyroidism, reaching out to physicians, nurses, and hospital staff to tell them about hypoparathyroidism, wanting to educate them so that they would be able to properly take care of patients should they ever encounter another patient in their careers.

Deb Murphy, the President of the Hypoparathyroidism Association, closed the announcement of his death by stating his “drive to support of his family, his HypoPARA family and his friends was endless.  He was forever an advocate for us.  Cinderella said, ‘Be Kind and of good cheer’. “ That was Dana’s motto, even as he faced death.

Deb said it best when she said that we should “model ourselves with Dana’s mindset: to be kind and be of good cheer regardless whey is going on around us.  Dana lived with grace and he died with grace.”

It was my pleasure to know Dana Crumpton, to be his friend, and to see him as he served others.  Our world is better because of Dana Crumpton and what he did for me and for each of you.

Phyllis Gordon Dana was and always will be a true inspiration. Our hypopara community is forever in his debt, and I believe we have all benefitted from his courage, advocacy, caring, giving and strength. I met Dana at two conferences and feel blessed to have had the opportunity and to also know him through the facebook group. My sincere condolences to his family and friends on this enormous loss. Thank you, Dana, may you Rest In Peace.

Lisa Feiner He was an inspiration to so many. Prayers to his family

Chrissy Stossel Bonatch-So is sad. What an inspiration he was to many

Loraine Collino My condolences! We have lost a person with a huge heart. May he be at peace. My sincere feelings to family and friends, from the Brazilian hypopara family

Nathan Gauntt Dana Crumpton-Lee was one of the strongest and most courageous people i have ever known. He did so much for so many people around the nation. He helped those with hypoparathyroidism, cancer, and so much more. He gave all of himself to all of us. I recall him leading a conference in Buffalo NY straight out of the hospital. I know he passed away as a result of cancer but i have to say DANA YOU FOUGHT CANCERS WRATH DOWN TO THE SECOND. we will miss you, buddy. Keep watch over us

Kelly Owens So very sorry to hear this sad news. Prayers to his family and friends

Louise Brown No more cancer Dana. No more hypoparathyroid. We will miss you terribly. We will continue your mission. Love you. Sincerest condolences to your family and friends. You did so much for all of us including reaching into our hearts.

Pat Hanson I saw Dana at many conferences...a true hero of the hypopara community. Sending love to his family. A beautiful soul taken from all of us far too soon. Rest in peace, my friend

Trish Allen Norcutt Truly a remarkable man who inspired so many. Fly free with no more pain

Lura Camardello My condolences to his family and hypopara family. I attended the Minnesota conference and met Dana and he was very sweet. Very sad to hear

Liz Dang Zuromski-So sad….prayers to his family

Melissa Gill Calderon-So sorry to hear. What an amazing inspiration. Praying for his family

Lisa Roney-My condolences to you all

Terry L Atkins Tagliente- Ty n RIP Dana

Brenda Vaughn Echols-Prayers for his family and friends

Carrie Crippa Robinson Naatz-RIP Dana. Such a sweet and kind person. You will be missed

Rosella Tinn-RIP xxx

Joseph Villarreal-RIP

Sev Hanson-RIP…xxx

Bridgett Garrity- His compassion, and kindness was incredible. I will continue to pray for Ron, his daughter, family and friends

Liz Glenister-I’m very sorry to hear this sad news and my thoughts go out to Dana’s Family, friends and the Hypopara community for whom he was a wonderful advocate.

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