David Bruce Crouse Sr., 81, dentist who was honored for his healthcare volunteerism

David Bruce Crouse Sr.
David Bruce Crouse Sr.

On the evening Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, David Bruce Crouse Sr., 81, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at his home in Virginia Beach from cancer.

David was born Oct. 26, 1936, in Kelly Township, Pennsylvania, to Russel Crouse and Elizabeth Crouse. He graduated from Forest Park High School in Forest Park, Georgia in 1954 and went on to earn an Associate of Science Degree from York Junior College, in York, Pennsylvania. From there, he attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he received his Doctor of Dental Science Degree in 1962. David practiced dentistry in Arlington for 33 years.

A formative event in his married life was his wife Carole’s diagnosis of polycystic kidney and liver disease. She later received a life-saving kidney transplant in 1999. Following her transplant, she dedicated herself to her family and to the service of others. In 2000, when they retired to Virginia Beach, they both became very active in volunteer and charity work. David played a significant role in contributing to the success of the Red Cross dental clinic in Norfolk — the only such Red Cross clinic in the country (now called Park Place Dental Clinic). David practiced dentistry and served on the board of the clinic while Carole worked at the front desk.

David also volunteered with numerous other charities and service organizations including Mission of Mercy Project (MOM) and Access Partnership (a dental service charity). He also served also on the Advisory Board for the Oral Health Improvement Coalition of Virginia (OHICVA). In 2009, David and Carole were recognized by the governor of Virginia and the legislature for their service when they were given the Unsung Hero Award, an award given for outstanding healthcare volunteerism. In 2009 he also received the Distinguished Dental Service Award from the Tidewater Dental Association along with Carole. In 2012, Dr. Crouse was elected a fellow of the Virginia Dental Association. Finally, in August 2018, just before his passing, David received the 2018 Dental Champion Award from the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (VAFCC).

Apart from their service with these volunteer organizations, David and Carole also faithfully transported meals to the needy through Meals on Wheels, donated school supplies to local schools each year, and watched and listened for opportunities where they could make a difference in the lives of individuals they encountered in need. David was also a consummate artist and craftsman, designing and making numerous unique pieces of jewelry over the years. He also crafted in stained glass, wood, and ceramics. David loved to build and create.

He enjoyed working with his children and grandchildren, teaching them the skills that he used to create. A close friend recently referred to him as a “Renaissance man” because he was able to do so many varied things. This was a great compliment to David, and one that he cherished in his final days. David’s life truly was a life well-lived.

He is survived by his two sons and their wives, David Crouse Jr. and Maria Crouse of Virginia Beach and Sean Crouse and Michele Crouse of Hamilton; and five grandsons, David and Matthew of Virginia Beach and Stephen, Nathanael and Evan Crouse of Hamilton.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at Kellum Funeral home, 601 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, with Chaplain Dick Dinges presiding. Private entombment will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park Mausoleum. A reception will follow at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Access Partnership, a non-profit organization in Norfolk that assists people with obtaining dental care they could not otherwise afford. Donations may be mailed to Access Partnership, 1616 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Share online condolences with the family at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

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