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.