David Brian Norcross

April 27th, 1957March 6th, 2021

     David is survived by Coleen, his children, Austin and Sarah, his father, Gerald and numerous other family members.

     Dave was born in Denver and grew up in Erie, Colorado. He graduated from Erie High School. Dave enlisted in the US Air Force as a communications specialist which sent him all over the world, installing military communication antennas.

     Dave embraced the family experience and was very active in the Boy and Girl Scouts with his children. He was a member of the local Lutheran Church community.

     He eventually decided to pursue a lifelong career with the US Postal Service and retired after 30+ years.

     Dave enjoyed many interests and was happy when experiencing something new. After his retirement, he focused more on having fun and less on the structure and the confines of a hectic lifestyle. He love his cars, his Triumph motorcycle, all genres of music and exploring near and far destinations.

     Dave valued his family and friendships. He found joy in spontaneous visits and phone calls. He had an amazing sense of humor but also an unwavering allegiance to his family and friends.

     These past nine months challenged Dave both mentally and physically. He embraced his challenges with kindness, patience, and his unique sense of humor. He focused on his recovery target and looked forward to enjoying the fun and silly side of life again.

     Rest In Peace, David. You have left a void in many hearts, but you enriched so many with love, friendship, and happiness along the way.

     In lieu of flowers, hug your loved ones, sing to music, visit nature, explore a new destination, feel the sunshine, hold hands, wax your car and reflect on the love and friendship you shared with David.




How can one NOT smile and recall a fun and happy memory when Dave Norcross, aka, “Dirt”, is mentioned?

My name is Coleen and I’m Dave’s co-conspirator, best friend, and life partner.

The first clue that I’d met the man for me was his initial test of my Northern Colorado native knowledge. He promised me a first date if I knew what Johnson’s Corner was famous for… duh!? The rest is history.

I fell in love with Dave’s sense of adventure, his love of beautiful fast cars and motorcycles, and his love of God, Family and Friends.

The man possessed a loyalty and a sense of right and wrong. He challenged anyone who crossed those moral and ethical lines. Dave was always ready and willing for a good time, lending an ear or a hand for a friend or cause.

Dave was born in Denver, but raised in Erie with a brief stop in Denver during his junior high school days to return to Erie to finish out his high school education. He’s traveled the full circle; he is now resting peacefully and enjoying the “big views” at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Erie.

His maternal grandparents heavily influenced Dave. They instilled the values that he carried in to adulthood and throughout his entire life. I never had the privilege of meeting them, but I know first hand, that grandparents of that generation were brim full of love and remarkable knowledge. They taught values that some might think are lost these days. They taught kindness and patience, by example, but most of all, they taught unconditional love and commitment.

After high school, Dave joined the Air Force installing communication towers in Morocco, Iceland, the Azores and various points in between. Upon his return home from the service he continued with his communications and cell tower career. He loved the thrill of installing and climbing towers. I’ve seen many throughout our travels and marveled at the height and complexities involved with their installation and maintenance. He loved the amazing views and the exhilaration of standing on the tippy top. He was proud of his contributions and accomplishments in that field. He left the thrills of his communication career and exchanged that with a solid career with the US Postal service until his retirement

When Dave settled in to his family life, he embraced the responsibility and was all in. He was dedicated to scouting and church involvement and instilled the moral and ethics that he lived by, on to his children, Austin and Sarah.

Dave was excited to retire and “jump ship” with me, so we retired together. Dave, from the Post Office and me from the US Geological Survey. We retired with a combined 75+ years of civil service.

Then the real fun began…No commitments, no big responsibilities and nothing but life and adventure ahead! We had us some big fun! Car shows, travel, motorcycle rides, road trips, rockabilly bars, pinups, 1940’s parties, dancing, guitar pickin’, fishing, laughing, singing and exploring. Beautiful memories.

Dave’s sense of fun and adventure was his mantra throughout his life. Dave and I were in the midst of a mini adventure in June, when his horrific medical event reared its ugly head. Dave fought an amazing battle with grace, determination and his hilarious sense of humor. He’d marvel at how he’d been blessed and how fortunate he was to have had the dedicated medical teams working on his behalf (Yay! Teams Swedish, PACE & Craig Hospital) towards his recovery. He and I shared many quiet and happy moments along the way.

So is it unfair that we lost him? Yep, way too soon, in my humble, but selfish, opinion. Dave believed in God and that higher power had a new plan for him. Shucks, they probably needed a new source of bad jokes!

Would Dave want us to grieve? No. He’d want us to smile and even chuckle when we think of the fun times and shenanigans we’ve shared with him.

Rest in Peace, my dear man, David, the love of my life. We’ll meet again and dance and laugh the night away.

Thank you for taking a moment to reflect on Dave’s life and celebrate the good times that we’ve all shared with him.

Smile! It’s what we all know he’d want.


David was laid to rest in a private ceremony on March 11th. A memorial will be held for Dave on March 27th at 10am at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Erie, CO. The memorial service was recorded. Please click on the link below to watch the service:



Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Erie | Map






Dave fought so hard for so long and is a testimony of the spirit and tenacity at how he lived his life. I am so thankful that Colleen was by his side day after day encouraging and cheering Dave on. I will miss you my friend and never forget life’s lessons that seemed to be in parallel that we shared. I am proud to say that You are my family. God speed ❤️
Rest In Peace, My Love. You found me once, You’ll find me again. C
Dirt,from the first time we met in kindergarten in Canfield we were Buds. We were in cub scouts together, Elementary school together, went on family vacations together, graduated high school together,was in the Air Force together,in England together,my goodness. We learned to smoke,drink and drive together but not necissarily all at the same time. You taught me the first chords on the guitar which became my lifelong passion. While you returned to Colorado, I kept traveling but would return often and always had a place to crash and a familiar face to reconnect as if there was never any time or distance. No matter how much we changed we remained the same to each other.Always just pure friendship,no judgement. Later our conversations turned to God and politics but it was always tempered with your humor and wit which I could find nowhere else on earth.The last time I visited you were hosting our 40th year class reunion. You seemed passionate about staying connected to our roots. We visited all the old haunts and you took me to Erie cemetary where your body now rests, and showed me your plot. I remember telling you that I would like to be buried on top so as to always be close to you.You thought it was a grand idea. I hope the invitation will still be open when I pass into eternity. I love you forever my friend. I look forward to enjoying the promises of heaven with you.Dale C Trombley (Free)
To Dave's family and friends, Dave was a funny uncle. While you mourn the loss of him may God comfort you in your heart. We hope you can find peac e and joy in the adventure of life. Live, and love abundently, love: Jeremy and Julie Norcross.
Dear Coleen, I truly enjoyed working with Dave while he was at Craig. I liked his spirit so much from admission day and that never changed. I recall every interaction with him fondly, even when he wasn't feeling well. Such a sweet and gentle soul. I have thought of him often since the Craig discharge, and my heart was broken when I heard of his unexpected and too early passing. However I will always smile with tears in my eyes when I think of him. He was very lucky to have you by his side. I also think of you and send you support during this tough tough time. Love, Suzie Q, RN
I've known Dave about 40 years now - he and I had many a laugh making fun of the stupidity that is the Post Office - He will be greatly missed by a lot of us who wore pants with the stripe down the leg - true to his code Dave gave it everything he had until the end - rest in peace my friend - Brian