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Ike McGowan Crews

August 9, 1989December 30, 2018

Ike McGowan Crews, 29, of Dallas, Texas, passed away unexpectedly December 30th, 2018.

He was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 9th, 1989. Ike graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas as a member of the Class of 2008, where he excelled in wrestling and football. After graduating high school, he spent a year completing an outdoor survival course in Utah, teaching English and studying archaeology in Peru, farming bananas in Australia, and traveling through Europe and Japan, among other adventures. He graduated from Davidson College in 2013 with an AB degree in History and a minor in Anthropology. Ike was a four-year member of the Davidson D-1 Varsity Wrestling team. He also earned a Master's degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in 2017.

Ike had recently returned to St. Marks, his alma mater, as a sixth grade Humanities teacher and loved coaching both wrestling and football. The previous year he worked at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, as a Cooney Fellow, where he taught history and coached wrestling, football and lacrosse. Before giving in to his calling to serve others in the classroom and on the field, Ike was a proud member of Pete Sessions' Washington, D.C. Congressional staff. Ike often talked of one day running for political office. Ike was truly one of a kind. He was passionate about music, specifically classic rock. His cover single of Desperado never quite made it to iTunes. He was extremely talented on the guitar, acoustic and air guitar alike. He loved to exercise, and would often guilt his friends and sisters to attend early morning fitness classes whenever he could.

In the summers, Ike loved to explore the wilderness. After straying from the beaten path on a camping trip in the Pecos National Forest, Ike returned as a Sherpa on the St. Marks trip and remained a lively addition to the trek over the past ten years. In his free time, Ike would FaceTime the many he cared about, and he would frequently send funny photos, caricatures, and memes just to entertain those he loved. Ike considered himself a professional ninja instructor, fluent in Arabic, and could convince you he had almost reached the top of Mount Everest before having to turn back due to altitude sickness.

Ike was constantly pushing everyone out of their comfort zone. He took every opportunity to gather those he loved, and was the glue holding together an eclectic group of people. His mischievous nature paired with an outstanding work ethic informed all those around him that life should be a fine balance of work and play.

He was preceded in death by all four grandparents, and his beloved childhood dogs, Jake and Bear. Ike is survived by his Mother Patti Cook Crews, Father and Stepmother Ken and Kathiann Crews, older sister Kelly Crews Dayton, younger sisters Carter and Cameron Crews, nephew Miller Dayton, and his many friends whom he considered family.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 7th at 3pm in the chapel at St. Marks School of Texas, followed by a reception in the Great Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Ike McGowan Crews to the St. Marks School of Texas.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, January 7, 2019

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Julie Hasler

January 29, 2019

Ike was a member of the Capitol Hill Tennis Club during his time in Washington, D.C. He was always engaging, interested, kind and funny, as well as a good tennis player with a tremendous court presence. The club play is social, doubles play and tennis drills. Ike was a wonderfully fun member of the club, so much so that we held our summer potluck before he left D.C. to return to Texas to teach and coach football. We celebrated his new job and relocation, but we also knew how much we would miss him.

The Club members are stunned by the sad news of Ike's passing. He was so full of life and joy that we are all grieving over his passing. Through the club, Ike became good friends and stayed in touch with his Congressional tennis friends. This fall, Ike sent a note in October 2018 inquiring about the passing of our club president Tim Johnson. Ike said that joining the club was one of the best decisions he had made because of the people that he met. Our sympathies to Ike's family, friends and students. May Ike rest in God's eternal peace, Julie Hasler, Capitol Hill Tennis Club

Cheryl Dowell

January 11, 2019

To the Crews family --

I send my deepest sympathy for your loss of Ike. I last saw Ike in Christmas 2015 with his family in Cabo. Ike was a fantastic young man! My prayers and love to his wonderful family.

Kyle Sanders

January 10, 2019

Ike and I met at the gym in the House of Representatives in DC. We bonded over our sometimes absurd commitment to early morning fitness routines before work. We’d often joke about what life would be after Capitol Hill. Ike had a kind, lighthearted disposition that people were drawn to. I’ll always remember Ike for his humility, deadication to service, and infectious smile.

Benjamin Chen

January 10, 2019

Mr. Crews was a very unique teacher and he was a wonderful teacher to have. He was energetic, humorous, and overall, just an amazing teacher. He always made me smile when I entered the classroom and when I heard that he had passed away I was extremely sad.

With Warm Wishes and Love,
Benjamin Chen, Class of 2025

Paula Ackerman Menendez

January 10, 2019

I was Ike’s 6th grade class sponsor at St Mark’s. He was always very upbeat and full of positive energy, and all of his classmates really liked him. I know his loss will be deeply felt by all who knew Ike. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Maddox Canham

January 9, 2019

I am in the 6th grade class at St. Marks and I was a student of Mr. Crews. It was always a pleasure to walk into Mr. Crews' class. He always tried to make everyone smile, laugh, learn, and have fun. I certainly enjoyed my time with Mr. Crews, he always made me feel welcome in his class. I am very sorry to hear about his passing. He was a great teacher.

Warm Wishes,
Maddox Canham

Nicholas Dickason

January 9, 2019

I was am a student at St. marks. Every lunch after eating I would go one place, Mr. Crews' classroom. It was always a fun place to be because Mr. Crews' good vibe would draw so many of us in and we always had fun. I am so sad he passed away

Tom Ticfkner

January 7, 2019

I was privileged to baptize Ike at Chisholm Trail Presbyterian Church in Yukon, Oklahoma. It was a blessing to read of the life that Ike lived. He truly lived out the baptismal promises that were made for him and I am sure that he claimed as his own as he grew. May you be held in the peace that passes all understanding and wrapped in God's love.

God's richest blessings,
Tom Tickner



Anthony Elias

January 6, 2019

I was a wrestling teammate and fraternity brother of Ike’s at Davidson College. Ike was a great friend that everyone loved being around. As a freshmen when Ike was a junior, Ike’s apartment quickly became a place where the wrestling team bonded and became a family. Ike was truly a person who brought happiness to others whether it was wrestling practice or one of his legendary parties. I am very sorry for the loss on the Crews family.

Baran Sumer

January 5, 2019

I had him as a teacher. He was funny, nice, and was fair to all of us. He was a great teacher, teaching me and my whole class.
Aydin Sumer

FROM THE FAMILY