Lyndon D. Crist | The Gazette


Lyndon D. Crist


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Lyndon D. Crist, 78, of Iowa City passed away peacefully on February 23, 2022 at The Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County.

Lyndon Dalbey Crist was born on February 3, 1944 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Louis G. Crist and Mildred (Dalbey) Crist. Growing up in Clear Lake, Iowa, he graduated from high school and the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He earned a master’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and in graphic design from Iowa. He taught vocal music and choir at several Iowa high schools before returning to Iowa City where he worked as a graphic designer. Music remained an important part of his life in Iowa City as he belonged to the New Horizons Band and arranged music for several smaller musical ensembles. He also had special interests in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and events in world history.

His family includes his brother, Louis G. Crist Jr. and his wife, Janet; nephews, Todd Crist, Scott Crist and his wife, Kim; grand-nephews, Samuel and Thomas Crist; and Lyndon’s dear friend, Janet Nelson.

Lyndon was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Linda Cox Crist; and several aunts and uncles.

Rather than a funeral service, Lyndon requested a private burial. Due to ongoing Covid concerns, a public celebration of Lyndon’s life will take place at a later date, location to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory at St. Olaf College, Music Program, Northfield, Minn.; Friends of Animal Welfare, Monticello, Iowa; or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA); or a charity of your choice. To share a thought, memory or condolences with his family, please visit the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service website at


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