William “Bill” Dantzler Crisp, age 91, passed away at his home on May 1, 2022.  Bill served his country as an engineer in the Air Force for twenty years and then worked as a civilian for the Army for another 20 years before retiring.   His daughters remember visiting the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and Bill pointing to one of the communications satellites on which he had the privilege to work.   He said, “Honestly I was probably responsible for just one of the screws that went into that satellite”.    Bill received his Engineering degree from Stanford University and held undergraduate degrees in mathematics from both Stetson and Purdue.

Bill met this wife, Frances Hall Crisp, when they were at Stetson University in Deland, Florida in 1949.  Bill worked in the cafeteria and knew Frances first as her cafeteria number, “22” before he ever learned her name.  For those of you who ever emailed Bill, now you know the reason behind the number 22.  The ‘ppossum’ is still a mystery! Bill and Frances were married for almost 69 years before she passed away in April of 2021.

Humility and love for his Lord and Savior were the hallmarks of Bill’s life.  He is survived by his two daughters, Juliet Rose Crisp; Jody Crisp Longwill; his son-in-law Christopher Longwill; grandsons Mark Longwill; Joshua Jenkins and numerous nieces and nephews who all loved him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Haymarket Baptist Church and earmarked Nepal Missions.


The family of Bill Crisp will have a memorial service for him at Haymarket Baptist Church, on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. You are all invited to the memorial service. A light reception will follow the service. The private burial will take place at Quantico National Cemetery on a different date not yet chosen. Please keep the Crisp family, including Bill’s daughters Jody and Juliette, in your prayers.

The service will be live streamed:  Funeral for William Dantzeler Crisp