Dr. Earl W. Crisp • August 9, 2020



On Sunday afternoon, August 9, 2020, Dr. Earl W. Crisp, Commander, US Navy Retired went to be with his Lord and Savior after a long, courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Before joining the U.S. Navy, he performed with the San Francisco and New Orleans Opera. Dr. Crisp was the former Naval Air Training Command Choir Director in Pensacola from 1975 to 1979. He retired from the Navy in 1993 as a C-130 and C-12 Pilot after 21 years of military service and began a second career with the U. S. Department of Education. In 2013, he chose to retire from the government when he was offered a full-time teaching position as an assistant professor in the College of Business at Dallas Baptist University teaching courses in Strategic Management, Leadership Management, Ethics Management, Communications and Project Management.
He earned his Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of La Verne in California, and his M.S. in Management from Troy University. His Bachelors are in Applied Music and Music Education from Texas Christian University. He was a certified mediator, private pilot and radio announcer. He completed his Project Management Professional training in the Executive Management Program at the University of Texas at Dallas and was a member of the PMI Fort Worth Chapter. He also held a certification in Radio Announcing from Columbia School of Broadcasting – Falls Church, VA and a Certification in Mediation from Dallas Baptist University. He was also a member of the Piano Technicians Guild, Fort Worth Chapter and was a concert tuner/appraiser for Steinway Hall in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Crisp is preceded by his parents Eugene and Ramona Crisp of Grand Prairie, Texas and is survived by his wife, Dr. Patricia Crisp whom he was married to for 45 years, daughter Angela Sardelli, son-in-law Judge Brian Sardelli, and two grandsons Nicholas and Benjamin Sardelli of Lonsdale, Minnesota. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Bacsik, brother-in-law William Bacsik of Grand Prairie, Texas, two nieces Paige Bacsik of Grand Prairie, Texas and Rebecca Bacsik-Booker of Seattle, Washington.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at First Baptist Church, 500 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida, with viewing at 10am and service beginning at 11am.
Funeral services will be officiated by Pensacola Memorial Gardens and a private burial will be at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida.
NOTE: Attendees of the funeral service are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Due to the Covid-19 virus, the family will understand, if you feel that you cannot attend the service.
Family and friends who wish, may donate toward Dr. Earl Crisp’s Endowed Scholarship fund at Dallas Baptist University. To donate please go to dbu.edu/give and select the “Give to DBU” option, enter donation amount. On the next page, below the cell phone number, enter “Earl Crisp Endowment Scholarship Fund” in the gift designation field. In the box directly below that states “Apply this Gift to” select “Other – Specify in Comments.”

  1. Henry Lane says:

    Earl was a great friend and wonderful musician. He will be sorely missed.

  2. Jolene and Ron Hamilton says:

    Patty, you and your loved ones are in our prayers for comfort and peace. May God be with you during the difficult days ahead. You have our very deepest sympathy.

  3. Mark R Carter says:

    A dear friend and client for many years. Always the perfect gentleman and whose friendship I greatly valued. I enjoyed our many discussions of his intriguing life and work. Earl was truly the definition of a Christian gentleman. Man God be with the family in this great loss.

  4. John Roberts says:

    He will be greatly missed!
    I can hear that resonant bass voice singing, “Let the lower lights be burning.”

  5. Anne Frechette says:

    We are broken hearted to hear of your loss of Earl. He was such a wonderful accomplished gentleman and Naval pilot. We enjoyed the times that we were together and will cherish great memories of him. He was a super president of our Spinnaker Condo Association and always guided us in the best direction. We will miss him. Much love to you and your family, Anne and Paul

  6. Diane Renaud says:

    My deepest condolences to you, Patty, your daughter, and your entire family. Earl was a great man. “Behold, I shew you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. “ Amen.

  7. Duyane Franklin says:

    So sorry to hear the sad news about Earl. Both you, Patricia, and Earl were two of my favorite professors at DBU, and kept me focused in obtaining my Undergraduate and Masters Degrees.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May Earl Rest in Peace.

  8. Dale Graber says:

    Sad to hear of Earl’s passing. Earl and I were members of the Naval Air Training Command Choir in ‘73 and were fortunate to renew our friendship in 2015 to present as alumni of the choir have gotten back together to preform again. Always a true gentleman. You will be missed Earl. Let heaven rejoice with you when you sing “Lower Lights” to all the saints. RIP my friend.

  9. Naulene Pittman says:

    Earl will be missed by so many. Prayers for all of you.

  10. Renee' D Wilhoit says:

    Patty, my condolences to you and your family. Earl was always such a great conversationalist and the perfect gentlemen. May peace and comfort surround you during the coming months.

  11. Mary Nelson says:

    Dr. Crisp was a wonderful member of our DBU Faculty; such a gracious and gentle presence. Our prayers are with you as you grieve his loss. Mary Nelson

  12. Alex Hall says:

    I am praying for the family of Earl Crisp. I too was a student that was blessed to take one of Earl’s classes at DBU. He was such a great professor and a very accomplished man. May he Rest in Peace.

  13. Stephanie Byard says:

    What a wonderful man of God. Dallas Baptist University was sure fortunate to have such an amazing professor and friend to so many. I was fortunate to talk with Dr. Crisp on many occasions while he worked with the Graduate School of Business. We leaned on Dr. Crisp many times and he was a huge support and amazing professor to so many students. Know that we are praying for all family members and pray the presence of God would be felt during this season of loss.

  14. Gail Wallace says:

    Dr. Crisp and I had a office near each other at DBU. We had many opportunities to chat. I so enjoyed visiting with him.

    Your family is in my prayers.

    Gail Wallace

  15. Philip Carpio says:

    Angela, I and all your friends at CBP have You and your family in our prayers. Your father’s legacy is a rich and blessed one, and we wish you comfort and peace in your time of loss.

  16. Gary Cook says:

    I respected Dr Crisp so very much. We were so fortunate to have him as well as well as Dr Patricia Crisp
    teaching at Dallas Baptist University for many years. I have also been fortunate to call them friends. My prayers are with Patricia.

  17. David & Martha Gonzalez says:

    Martha and I understand how Earl suffered. Now, he is no longer in pain. He is with God and will forever will be free of that terrible disease. You have our very deepest sympathy. May God be with you as well.

  18. Randy Wilson says:

    I sang under the direction of Earl in the Naval Aviation Choir in 1975. He was a great guy and friend. I lost touch as I left the Navy though I wish I’d known he was in Dallas as I’ve been here since the mid-90’s. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of such a gifted soul.

  19. Fred Dinkler says:

    Lt. Crisp was the soloist at my wedding Sept 29, 1979, in Brewton, AL. By request, he sang Edelweis, and the entire congregation was in tears. Rest in well-earned peace, LT. Crisp.

  20. Kate & Bill Allyn says:

    Earl was such a great friend and neighbor to us in Pensacola. We still are talking about the night he blew the crowd away at the Purple Parrot singing Johnny Cash songs! We loved his sweet disposition and ready smile. Our deepest sympathy Patty and know we are here for you.

  21. Our deepest sympathies to the Crisp family. Earl was an officer and a gentleman. The NATC choir was fun and also a great excuse to take a break from the drill instructor, Gunny Sgt Crenshaw.

  22. Ed & Vicki Scott says:

    Ed and I had the privilege of sharing our trip to Israel with Earl in 2017. While we were touring the ruins of Beit Shean, we had the privilege of hearing Earl sing ‘Ole Man River’ on the stage in the amphitheater. This was a beautiful moment. Although Earl was experiencing medical issues, he never let it stop him from enjoying the beautiful site we traveled through. May God place his loving hands on you and your family during this time.

  23. James & Kay Self says:

    James and I also had the privilege of traveling to Israel with Earl in 2017 and hearing him sing. It was a beautiful moment. Out hearts and prayers go out to Earl’s wife Patricia and family. May you find joy in your memories!

  24. Ray Gene Bush says:

    I was very privileged to have been a part of Prairie Sounds while Earl played upright bass for the bluegrass gospel group. He was so talented in so many things. I very much appreciated his veteran status. He taught an Ethics class for DBU which I had taken. His strong beliefs were quite evident during that class. I enjoyed his company while on the 2017 Israel trip put together by Steve Campbell. Earl was a good friend whose time with me just seemed too short. RIP, Earl.

  25. Kelly Morris says:

    I enjoyed our years together in the College of Business at DBU. Dr. Crisp’s energy and passion for helping students was evident in all his interactions. My husband an I were also blessed by his musical gift which he shared with our church family. We are praying for your family.

  26. George Keith says:

    Patty, will be unable to attend the service. Having a defibulator placed Thur and have at least five drs or hosp appts in next ten days and feel I should avoid crouds as much as poss. Our thoughs and prayers are with you.Will catch up with you as soon as the dust settles. Earl was a very special person,there aren’t many people who could compare. It was my privilege to have known him.

  27. Kay White says:

    Don and I are so sorry for the loss of your brother, Patti. He sounds like a lovely and accomplished man. Prayers for your family in this sad loss. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories.

  28. Joanne Halley says:

    Angela: What an amazing life your father had! It is so clear how he lives on in all you do. I hope the happy memories will help you and your Mom get through this difficult time. My most sincere condelences on your loss.

  29. Artee Square Jr. says:

    I am deeply sad to here of Earl’s passing. My last time seeing him was at the 2019 Reunion. I was so happy to see him. I gave him a huge hug and wished him the best. He remembered me from almost 43 years ago. He recruited me to the choir. From 1976 to 1978 I will always cherish my time with him and all the events which he directed the choir. I would hope that he will be remembered always as the personification of Naval excellence as a Naval Aviator, Choir Director and a Wonderful Human Being. I am sending my prayers and condolences to the family. May God hold you close and comfort you always.

  30. Wayne Powell says:

    Earl blessed me each time we managed to get together. I imagine God is greeting Earl with a “WELL DONE”.

    Sheila and I are praying for God’s comfort and peace for Patty and the Family.

  31. Francis Osentowski DMA says:

    I just heard about his passing and it is a terrible surprise. The last time we were together he seemed healthy and happy.
    Dr Crisp tuned and cared for our concert grand at North Lake college, our home and for several of our friends. He was one of the finest people I every had the privilege if knowing.

    And the most brilliant. He excelled at every area he was interested in. It is hard to find one field to be good in but he had a long list. And was a caring and wonderfully kind person.
    Wish I had known of his I’ll health to Visit one last time.

  32. Patty, we enjoyed you and Earl’s friendship while your Dad was alive. I’m certain that his musical talents will be utilized in his new Heavenly Home. Prayers for your loss, cherish his memories. Love, Ken and Diane Robinson

  33. Beverly Jeffries says:

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  34. Ron & Anna mary Zimmerman says:

    Earl and I were classmates, AOCS Class 08-72, and Commissioned together as Navy Ensigns. Our entire Class admired Earl so much…he was the only guy in the entire Class who had any real talent! I was attending a Fleet Week celebration in San Francisco many years later and who was on stage dressed in a coconut bra and grass skirt but Earl, his beautiful voice, singing songs from South Pacific. What a great reunion we had that evening. Earl was a true gentleman, great Naval Officer and his positive spirit will be truly missed.

  35. Mark & Loretta Anderson says:

    Patty and Family,
    Our sincerest condolences. Earl’s accomplishments touched many people, and reflected a Life lived to the fullest, with exuberance and class. May he now fly on the wings of God.

  36. Ruth Nichols says:

    The Retired Officers Wives and Widows Association would like to extend our condolences on the passing of Dr. Earl W. Crisp, CMD, USN (Ret.). The association brings together the wives of retired officers, and widows of officers, of the United States Armed Forces for social activities. If you would be interested in joining us to share in fellowship with ladies of similar interests and experiences, please call Mrs. Mary Chase at 850-686-1160.

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