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David Glen Fritts passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2023 in exactly the way he would have chosen. Suddenly from a heart attack he never saw coming. David was born January 20, 1959 to Donald and Nadine Fritts in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Hickman Mills HS in 1977 where he was immersed in the theatre department. Dave received an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Missouri and went on to receive an MFA from Wayne State University in Detroit. Dave had opportunities all over the country upon graduation, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, but his father had passed away while he was in graduate school and he wanted to come home just in case his mother needed him. This will not surprise anyone who knew Dave and his tender heart. So, he returned to the city he loved and found a second family in the KC Theater community. He also found his partner in life and married Karen Errington on July 25, 1999. Karen and Dave blessed this world with the addition of Dave’s mini-me in Jack Donald Fritts born March 6, 2001.
Words that have been used to describe Dave: kind, gracious, brilliant, inspirational, patient, real, accessible and of course, incredibly funny. Dave was a life long Royals fan, a pretty decent pool player and a lover of democracy and whiskey, which often went hand in hand. Dave was an avid reader with the desire to learn and stay current, although he would be the first to say he knew a little about a lot of things but not a lot about anything. There was such an ease to being in Dave’s presence and the world feels a little smaller not having him in it.
Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Karen and his father, Donald. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, his mother, brother, two sisters, the KC theatre community and his best friend and son, Jack.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a GoFundMe set up for Jack.