David Louis Rasmussen, MD Obituary

David Louis Rasmussen, MD

Dec 07, 1946-Aug 05, 2018
Resided in Arlington, Texas
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David Louis Rasmussen, MD, 71, of Arlington, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home after a long illness on August 5, 2018, surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends.
David was born on December 7, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Julian and Eunice (Kores) Rasmussen.  After graduating in 1965 from Morton High School in Hammond, Indiana, where he was a member of the photography club, he continued his education at Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana, where, as a freshman, he met his future wife, Rita McGuirk.   Following graduation from Hanover in 1969, he attended Indiana University (IU) Medical School in Indianapolis, graduating in 1973.  He completed his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residencies at the IU Medical School, with a special interest in treating burn patients and hand injuries.  In 1978, David and Rita moved to Arlington, where he joined Dr John P Kord in private practice.  He was well-known at Arlington Memorial Hospital for his excellent care and skills.  He truly loved the world of surgery, both reconstructive and cosmetic. He was beloved by many physicians, patients and co-workers.  
David’s love of the outdoors was nurtured as a Boy Scout, and developed into his passions for photography, downhill skiing, the outdoors, and collecting artwork.  His love for design and architecture went hand in hand with his prominent career as a plastic surgeon. If he had had time for a second career, he would have chosen architecture.  He loved to entertain friends in his home, and had a way to make his houseguests and dinner guests at ease. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and loved to play jokes and tease others.  He had great compassion and empathy for humans and animals.  Those who knew him also know how much he loved his cats (he was preceded in death by Francine, Sylvester and Lucky).  
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rita, his brother, Tim Rasmussen (Shirley) of Independence, KS, his nieces Jessica Kilby (Ryan) of Ada OK, and Erika DeMarco (John) of DeSoto, KS, and their children.  
There will be no burial.  A Celebration of Life was held at the Rasmussen Home. 
Memorial contributions can be made in his name to BCAN (Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network), Mission Arlington, New Hope Hospice Care, local animal shelter, or a charity of your choice. David was a force that will be truly missed.

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Paul Loewenstein Aug 08, 2018
Friend, Milwaukee Wisconsin
I feel fortunate to have known David. He defined what a friend should be. He was a role model for me in the field of Plastic Surgery and in how to have fun in life. I wish I could have kept up with him on the ski hills. He had a kind and generous spirit. Rita, you took such good care of him -- I don't think he would have lived as long as he did without you. I will miss him terribly.
RAY & SUE INMAN Aug 09, 2018
David was such a wonderful Friend and Neighbor for well over 20 years. We were so sad to hear that David is no longer with us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rita and we are here for her if she needs us. God Bless.
Don and Shelly Weast Aug 09, 2018
Friend, San Diego California
David , our treasured friend will be so missed. He was a gentle giant of a person with such strength, compassion, and dignity. The way he led his life was an inspiration to us all.
Dana Strong Aug 09, 2018
the Plumber, Marble Colorado
Although David has passed from this life , his spirit remains in each and everyone he made contact with . His influence lives on . A more gentle soul I have not met. Treasure the moments.
barbara young Aug 10, 2018
friend, aspen Colorado
David and Rita have been my dear friends for 20+years. Our very best times were savoring winter snow skiing and talking about how much we loved this special place in the mountains. Will miss you, David, and will celebrate knowing you with every turn I make in future winters.
Antonio Capaccioli Aug 11, 2018
Friend, Arlington Texas
The Capaccioli Family and the staff at Piccolo Mondo would like to send their condolences. Dr. Rasmussen was a kind man who contributed so much to his community and he will be missed. Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends during this time.
Craig Ward Aug 14, 2018
friend, and realtor, Aspen Colorado
Rest in peace, my friend! Your spirit soars with the eagles above Aspen Mtn.
john o'gorman Aug 16, 2018
friend, los angeles California
David and Rita were my parents closest friends. There friendship lasted for almost 40 years until both of our parents passed away. Our parents always loved spending time with both of you. Our family have many happy memories of Rita and David visiting our parents home. May David rest in peace. Rita, our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you. God bless you. The Bliss Family
Tim and Rose Wood Aug 16, 2018
Friend/employee, Flower Mound Texas
We are so very sorry for your loss. Dr, Rasmussen was a treasure of a man. He will be sorely missed. We will keep all the memories close in our hearts always. He was a friend to all and took the time to help everyone. He was an absolutely fabulous surgeon with a terrific intuition for helping others. He has made an everlasting impression on our lives. A treasure and a dear friend.. Again so sorry and love to all.
Charlie Dalton Sep 16, 2018
Friend, Charlottee North Carolina
David and I were neighbors in Aspen and became very good friends. We had more fun skiing, hiking and four wheeling in our jeeps. Rest good my friend and I will see you in heaven one day and we will ski the clouds like we did Sneakys Woods.
Jo Smith Oct 13, 2018
Patient, Abilene Texas
Dr. Rasmussen was such a talent. I still think of him often. I had two successful procedures that made a big difference in my life. My heart goes out to family and friends. We were all blessed to have him
P Denise McCrea Israel Jan 07, 2019
David & I were Zoology Class & Club members and knew each other since childhood. I loved his father-an excellent Science Teacher at MHS. David was a champion of the underdog and I admired him for that. RIP, Classmate.
P Denise McCrea Israel Jan 07, 2019
Classmate Morton School, Barrington Hills Illinois
I am sorry that I rushed my memory of David that I posted earlier; I was just surprised to learn of his demise. Please accept my sincere condolence for your loss. Everything about his youth showed promise for the man he would be. You each lucked out to have had him in your life and he was lucky to have you. Surgery was his passion in High School and I am not surprised that he his passion led to his success. May he rest in peace until we all see each other again.
Bob Casey Mar 31, 2019
Grade school and high school friend, Indianapolis Indiana
While Googling the names of old friends I was shocked to discover David's obituary. We were in grade school and high school together. I have fond memories of shooting pool at his parents' house and riding the South Shore train into Chicago with him to do Christmas shopping. He was one of those rare people who knew what he wanted to do from childhood--and he did it. He was a good friend and clearly became a great doctor. Please accept my most sincere condolences.


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