Obituary for Daniel William "Danny" Crabtree

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Daniel William Crabtree

May 14, 1954 - July 4, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Daniel “Danny” William Crabtree on Saturday, July 4, 2020 after a battle with cancer. Danny was born on May 14, 1954 in Columbus, Ohio. Danny graduated from Northland High School in 1972 and worked on the Railroad for 40 years. He retired in 2014 from Norfolk Southern as a Mechanical Supervisor/Working Gang Leader, where he made many lifelong friends and is remembered for his great sense of humor.

A loving father of Daniel II (Rachel), Joseph (Megan), Casey, and Adam (Jean) Crabtree. Proud grandfather of Blake, Grace, Katie, Will, Audrey, Michaela and Vincent. Brother to Mike, Mark (Jennifer), John (Mindy) Crabtree, many nieces and nephews, aunt Virginia Kerin and several cousins.  Preceded in death by Mother Katherine (Kerin) Crabtree, Father William Crabtree, and sister-in-law Kay Crabtree.

He was a strong patriarch, a fighter, a great friend, generous, funny, and always there to help.

He loved sports, especially Buckeye football, sitting in the sun, working on his yard, garden, deck, garage, and basement. He loved movies and music, spontaneous hat parties, making up games for his grandkids, giving them snacks and keeping them safe.

His favorite times were just being outside on a nice day in the sun listening to music and hanging with family, especially his grandson Blake who was his best buddy.

His spirit will live on through his family and everything he taught us.

Thanks to many neighbors and friends who checked in on the “garage guy” / ”tan man”.

“It smells like updog.”

Diane M. Barrow posted on July 11, 2020

My most sincere condolences to the large Crabtree family on the loss of Danny. I am a fellow Northland '72 graduate, & as I read his obit, it took my memories of him back to our high school years. Danny was quite the character. I can go back & see him always w/his ornery grin & up for some fun. SO sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for all of you. 😢

Laurie Spinosi posted on July 10, 2020

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Laurie Spinosi posted on July 10, 2020

Danny and I were classmates from 7th grade through our senior year at Northland High. I remember him as an athlete, a scraper, a fun loving guy, and always with that boyish grin on his face and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Northland has had an all-class reunion since 2002 and I don't remember a time that I didn't see Danny there. We will miss you, Danny. My condolences to your family.

Mark Roberts posted on July 9, 2020

Danny was a fun loving guy who I met back in 8th grade at Woodward Park Junior High when we moved to Columbus. We were baseball teammates and graduated from Northland together in 1972. I really enjoyed seeing Danny each year at the Northland all class reunion. He was always interested in hearing about my family as I was about his. He was the kind of guy who could be the life of the party but also loyal and tough as nails. For over 45 years, I’ve always listed him as one of the two or three people I’ve ever known who I would want to be with me if I was in a fox hole fighting for my life. God’s peace as you rest, my friend. Gods peace and comfort to your family.

Gary Grogan posted on July 9, 2020

Danny was my next door neighbor for several years, we use to play tricks on my sister Janis, and her friends. Danny was fiercely competitive, We would play STRATEGO and he hated to lose! I will miss our political rival conversations, and our love for the Buckeyes. He loved his family so much! May his family be comforted in knowing he was a hard worker, and kind, and helpful person, He will be missed so much. He loved kicking back, and enjoying a few Champagne of bottled Beer, Miller Lite! We talked of him coming out to CA, and going camping in the fall, I wanted so much for him to see Yosemite National Park, close to my home. RIP Danny!

Karen Willoh posted on July 8, 2020

Danny whom I refferd to as Jeans, because of his love for landscaping and his yard was perfect. Every year I would admire his work. We were the best of friends. We shared so much music! Our playlist is over 1000 songs. He loved ice cream and cake. Blue Bunny was his favorite brand of ice cream. It was also our words for I need to talk. He was such a sweet spirit. His laugh infectious. During March Madness we would always do the brackets. Football season was the most thrilling time of year too. He sure did love the Buckeyes. I will miss him more than anyone would know. Karen

Pamela Zeirott posted on July 8, 2020

So sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. He always had that grin & smile on his face. I’m glad that he had such a big and loving family around him. When you are feeling down just remember his smile. Pam Jones Zeirott NHS 1972

Michael Etheridge posted on July 8, 2020

Rest in peace my old friend.

Mark Serrott posted on July 8, 2020

My condolences to the family. I was a fellow 72. grad with Danny and worked with his mom at court. I also helped Danny on various occasions. Danny was all about his family and we will all miss him greatly. Mark Serrott

Laura Karaze posted on July 8, 2020

Our condolences & prayers to you all. Every time we had any interaction with Danny, he was always smiling and such a pleasure to be around. What a kind person!! He will be missed but never forgotten! May God protect him, and may he enter the gates of heaven!, Laura & Abed Karaze (Kinsey)... Sister & brother-in-law of Jen (Kinsey) Crabtree and sister-in-law & brother-in-law of Mark Crabtree.

David & Sandie Kinsey posted on July 7, 2020

Our condolences to Danny's family and the Crabtree familes. Danny was a great guy and will surely be missed.

Carl & Debbie Merendo posted on July 7, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to Danny’s family. A retired RR and a Northland High School 1972 graduate, Carl and Debbie Merendo

Tom posted on July 7, 2020

One of the funniest guys I knew! We had the same kind of humor!We kept in touch with music and goofy videos! I still can’t believe he’s gone! I’ll miss him. Love to the Family.❤️

Brad kennedy posted on July 7, 2020

I worked with Crabman at the railroad and some of my fondest memories are of him. He was always smiling and goofing around. The world lost a good man. My condolences


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