NLJ Staff


March 25, 1952–May 18, 2021

David “Dave" Dwight Capps, 69, of Newcastle, Wyo., died on May 18, 2021, of a heart attack.

Dave was born to Jack and Mary (Fawcett) Capps on March 25, 1952. He grew up at the Fawcett ranch on Beaver Creek Road.

After graduation in 1970, Dave attended Casper College. 

Dave began his career with the Forest Service in 1971. He worked on the Elk Mountain District fencing with Frank Crawford, marking trees with Kenny Sallee, thinning timber with Earl Hamilton, surveying with Keith Ellerton, fighting forest fires with Jake Baumgartner, and other work as needed.

In 1974, Dave met Jane Snell who was the Elk Mountain lookout. They were married on Aug. 29, 1975. They have two children, Nicole Fawcett Capps and William Michael Capps. Dave was always quite proud of and loving to his children.

Dave and family lived in Salem, Ore., Custer, S.D., Alamogordo, N.M., and Laramie, Wyo.

In 2007, Dave returned to Newcastle to help his mother, Mary, who was living alone on the family ranch. He worked for the state highway department and Wyoming State Forestry as a master mechanic. He greatly enjoyed his jobs with the state, largely because of the excellent people he worked with. Dave retired
in 2017.

Dave is survived by his wife, Jane; his daughter, Nicole (Kashif Rehman); grandchildren, Yareli and Jairus; his son, William M. (Seiley) Capps; grandchildren, Cappel, Sylvan, Rugby and Basil; and his great-granddaughter, Paisley. Dave is also survived by his brother, Mike (Jan) Capps; and numerous cousins.

Dave is preceded in death by his father, Jack; his mother, Mary; his brother, William B. Capps; and his good friends John Reimer and Bill Kohlbrand.

Cards may be sent to Jane Capps, c/o Meridian Mortuary, 111 S. Railway Ave., Newcastle WY 82701.

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 26 at 11 a.m. at Pizza Barn. 


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