Daniel Wayne Crist

July 2, 1966July 3, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

Daniel Wayne Crist, 53, of Fort Collins, passed away suddenly on July 3rd at his home.

Visitation will start at 2:00 pm on Monday July 15th followed by a funeral service at 3:00 pm at Resthaven Funeral Home. Pastor Michael Stein of First Christian Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Dan Crist was born at Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado to Paul Thomas and Tressa Elaine Crist (nee Harmon) on July 2, 1966. He attended various elementary and junior high schools and graduated from high school in Pocatello, Idaho in 1984. Dan excelled at school and was active in Junior Achievement. He graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1995.

Dan Crist is preceded in death by his older brother David Burl Crist.

Dan Crist is survived by his brothers: Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Crist and Steven Joseph Crist and by his sisters: Tracy Elaine Crist and Margaret “Peggy” Angela Schmitzer and her husband John. He is also survived by his parents: Terry and Dennis Valnes and Paul Thomas Crist.

Dan was a generous soul whose kindness made the world a better place. He was very compassionate, especially towards the elderly. Dan was known for his great sense of humor and love of his family and friends. He wanted people to SMILE. His sarcasm, laughter and quick wit will be missed by all that knew and loved him. He enjoyed working on cars and was interested in auto restoration. He attended the Vineyard Church in Fort Collins and was employed with Columbine Health Care at the time of his passing.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Crist, Steve Crist, John Schmitzer, Steve Jacobs, Preston Peterson, and Joel Raguindin.

Dan’s family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to his many friends who reached out with assistance and kind words after his passing.

Please visit to share your condolences of Dan.


  • Jeff Crist
  • Steve Crist
  • John Schmitzer
  • Steve Jacobs
  • Preston Peterson
  • Joel Raguindin


Daniel Wayne Crist

have a memory or condolence to add?

Elizabeth English

July 15, 2019

I’m sitting here with my two daughters having ice cream at Walrus and this man comes up with a big smile on his face and immediately starts telling jokes to us...

Why does the snowman go to the market? ...... To pick his nose!!

Why do ducks have tail feathers? ......
To cover up their buttQUACKS

I told my girls that man reminded me of Dan! I’m going to miss seeing his friendly smile, the conversations, and most of all those jokes!! I would take those jokes home and try to repeat them to my family and we would all laugh when I got them right and when I couldn’t! He made a positive impact on my life and I will never forget him! The world needs more friendly souls like him... I hope all of his friends and loved ones are able to find peace with his passing by knowing while he was here in Earth he truly made everyone’s day a bit brighter when he was in the room. (But I’m sure you all already know that)

Lenise Johnson

July 13, 2019

Dan brought so much joy to my life when I was going through a very difficult season. His smile, love of life, joy in Christ and easy-going personality are what I will remember most about him. I praise God that our lives intersected on the earth and we will be together forever in heaven. Our loss is heaven's gain!

Tim Wenzel

July 13, 2019

I'm not sure where to start. Dan and I met in the mid eighties working at Red Lobster. We immediately clicked which lead to a decades long friendship. Dan was one of a very few people I can call "best friend" and I'm blessed to have known him. The years we spent as roommates we're just a wild ride. We had adventures, we partied, we turned wrenches (a lot of wrenching). I'm going to miss the random phone call and I wish I could have just one more. Later in our friendship we both came to know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It's comforting to know that Dan is now wrapped in God's love for eternity and I'm looking forward to the day we meet again. Until that day, I love you Dan.

Kim Bullard

July 12, 2019

I moved in across the street from Dan 5 years ago. He came right over the first time he saw me and introduced himself. He was such a kind person and he always had a smile. He loved to laugh and always had a corny joke to make you laugh. He was always happy to help me by working on my car or helping me move some furniture. I always loved cooking for him because he appreciated it so very much. The neighborhood won't be the same without him. I will miss him terribly.

Sharon Belyeu

July 11, 2019

I worked with Dan as a server in the eighties at The Egg and I. He was one of the most compassionate, and selfless men I have ever known. He always helped out anyone in need, even if it was inconvenient. One of my sweetest and dearest memories of Dan was when I was sick and had to miss my work shift and he brought me soup after his shift so that I would feel better. Such an amazing soul! I feel very blessed for having known him! May peace and love be with you always Dan.

Callie Schade

July 10, 2019

I loved how kind Dan was. I loved his love of cats and always looked forward to seeing new pictures of his fur babies and to talk about them. He will be very missed and was a wonderful person.

Marin Lix

July 9, 2019

Dan was such a wonderfully kind person. He was always thoughtful and would randomly spoil us coworkers in a different department with cookies, muffins, and doughnuts. He loved sharing stories about the residents he drove around town, and truly cared about everyone he knew. His smile and demeanor will be greatly missed.

Marie-France Beaudry

July 9, 2019

Dan the man!! Dan was the man, really. Caring for his work and the people around him. Always a smile, and a none sense joke ;) So many times he brightened our day in many ways. You could always count on him. An easy going guy with a great big heart. You will be missed. Hope you get a good treatment up there, you deserve it ❤️

Laura Burgdorf

July 9, 2019

I’m really gonna miss him. He had the biggest heart, and the worst jokes. 😊 But was always there to bring a smile to your face. He was there in my time of need over and over again. Bray and I are so thankful to have known you and to be able to call you friend. ❤️

Michele Bullock

July 8, 2019

Dan was the kindest man! He took time out of his day to say hi, see how you were doing, and maybe tell you a joke:) I don’t think there wasn’t anything he would have done to help out a friend. Dan had a huge ❤️ He will be greatly missed. I’m grateful to have known him.