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.