David Allen Sutton

October 5, 2023

David Allen Sutton was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. He passed away on October 5, 2023 at the age of 64, following complications from frontotemporal degeneration (FTD dementia). He was born to Rolland and Jane (Depoy) Sutton on July 9, 1959 in Frankfort, IN.  He graduated from Frankfort Senior High School in 1977 where he played on the varsity tennis team, was a member of the dive team, and participated in band and theater.  He went on to receive a B.S. in Business Management from the College of Technology at Purdue University in 1983.

Upon graduation, David followed in his father’s footsteps as sales manager at Nixon Newspapers in Peru, IN. Later in his career, he would return to Nixon Newspapers as Director of Technology. He continued to have a major impact on the newspaper industry as a publisher at numerous publications in Baltimore, Washington, DC, Alaska (where son Jacob was born), Florida (where son Matthew was born), and Indiana.

Dave returned to his roots in the Midwest to co-found 1Up! Software, bringing hundreds of newspapers online with their cutting-edge content management system. He completed his professional influence on the newspaper industry when he joined TownNews in 2005, retiring in 2019.

Active in the community, David was a member of Kiwanis International, Hoosier State Press Association, other state and national press associations, Purdue Alumni Association, Blue Knights Motorcycle Club, Galveston Archery Club, and Hoosier Mud Turtles Off-Road Club. David loved the outdoors, especially when it involved spending time with his family and friends, to whom he was totally devoted.  Over the years he spent many enjoyable hours at local skateparks with his sons, Jacob and Matthew. He followed his dad’s interests in aviation and space travel. He took great pride in the number of astronauts that were fellow Purdue alumni.

His other interests included riding his motorcycle, getting off the beaten path on his ATV and camping with his wife, Teri.  In his younger years, he was an avid tennis player and an occasional skydiver. Having spent a few years living in Alaska, he continued to be a fan of the Iditarod dog sled race. His grandchildren held a very special place in his heart.

Rarely, was Dave seen without a Purdue shirt or cap and his Purdue class ring. He enjoyed talking about rivalries with any IU, Notre Dame or Ohio State fans. Dave always smiled when he heard “Boiler Up” or a reference to Purdue Pete. Dave touched the lives of many. He always had a smile and good word for everyone he met. His sense of humor and his care for others was endless. He was a natural storyteller, including tales of Alaskan volcanoes, college fraternity stories, and his great pride in his sons.

May David Sutton rest in eternal peace, and may his spirit continue to shine brightly in our hearts.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, October 9, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 10th at the funeral home. Jason Gerlach will officiate. Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, Frankfort, Ind. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Red Barn Summer Theatre, P.O. Box 706, Frankfort, IN 46041 and as we bid farewell to Dave, he asks that you “do an act of kindness every day.”

Survived by:

his wife, Teri; sons, Jacob Allen Madden Sutton (Kelly) of Peru, Ind., Matthew David Sutton of Norfolk, VA; stepdaughter, Megan Erk, Belle Fourche, SD; five grandchildren; former wife, Linda Madden Imhoff and her mother, Lexine Hicks, both of Peru, Ind.; two sisters, Susan Graper (Brad) of Maryland and Carol Workman (Boe) of Annandale, VA; mother-in-law, Wilma Hammond of Arizona, numerous nieces and nephews; his devoted dog Bella; close friend Carl Swan of Kokomo, Ind.; and many other relatives and friends. 

Preceded by:

David is preceded in death by his parents, Jane and Rolland Sutton. 


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11 Condolences for “David Allen Sutton”

  1. Linda Rowlee October 6, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    Teri and family, my prayers, thoughts and love are with you. Dave had a special place in our hearts and we so enjoyed what lunch in August and laughing. You were my Hoosier and TownNews buddy. I remember our Purdue and Indy 500 talks. You were so kind to mail me the Indy Star after the race with followup stories. You will remain in our hearts and when visiting Indiana we will see Teri and give her hugs and love. You were a true gentleman and friend.

  2. Kim Ray October 6, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    Teri and family,
    My sincere condolences to you on the passing of Dave. We were classmates and worked at The Times together. He was a great guy and will certainly be missed. Kim Ray

  3. Big Mike & Paula October 6, 2023 at 9:31 pm

    May God place his everlasting love, mercy, and grace be upon you and your family. May he place a peace and comfort upon your heart . May he provide you with strength for the days ahead and to the beginning of this new chapter. Much love being sent your way. Paula and I are so sorry for your loss. We thought the world of Dave . Loved talking with him, his sense of humor and knowledge was amazing. May he rest in peace

  4. Trina Wampler October 6, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    Fly high David!! Thank you for being a kind soul in high school! My deepest sympathies to his family. He will be forever in your hearts. Hugs to all of you.

  5. Diana Ororbia-Knapton October 7, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    My sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved David. I met him while working with his sister. I remember him as a happy young man. I know that he will always be with you in your heart and thoughts.

  6. Greg Booras October 7, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    When I first met Dave, I knew he was a special individual. His passion for newspapers was evident in everything he held dear. When he joined our sales team, it was as if the final piece of the puzzle had fallen into place. He loved newspapers, and his enthusiasm was infectious. People wanted to buy our software not just because of its features, but because they believed in Dave and his vision. His dedication and commitment to our cause were truly inspiring. He was more than just a colleague; he was a friend and an inspiration to us all.
    Love you both!
    Best, Greg & Lynn Booras

  7. Pinky Castillo October 8, 2023 at 8:45 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  8. Michael J Frey October 9, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Susan, Carol and family;
    I have many fond memories of Dave as a wee lad. I was amazed to read all he has done over the years. He was an amazing man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss. May God bless you and comfort you as you continue to keep Dave’s legacy alive.

  9. Greg Finch October 10, 2023 at 8:52 am

    My sincere condolences to the Sutton family and friends for our loss. Too many years ago a week or two before my senior year at Purdue, I received call from my FSHS classmate, Carole, who said that her baby brother “thinks” he forgot to submit his Purdue dorm housing application and wondered if we had room in our condo for a last-minute roommate. Anything for Carole! We discovered that Dave was entirely different than the three of us ‘Frankfort guys’ already living there. Between his magic tricks; his last-minute, panicking homework procrastination; and his complete inability to cook anything beyond soup; we adopted Dave as our little brother. We serious business and engineering majors did our best to get Dave to focus on his studies but in the end, he taught us to lighten up. His obituary captured a lot of Dave’s persona and how he was a lifelong learner, adapting to change. Diseases of the mind may be insidious, but his spirit lives on.

  10. Roger Lee October 10, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Dear Teri and family. Love and comfort during this sacred time… I just watched the beautiful presentation of photos from Dave’s rich life. Dave was like a brother to me. Teri, you are like a faithful and fun sister to me. Teri, your years of adventures with Dave are an inspiration. Your years of attentive care during his long illness also inspire me. Peace…

  11. Sharon Keck October 10, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    Susan, Carol, and families,
    My sincere condolences at the passing of your brother David. I knew him through you as your “little brother”. The Sutton’s are a part of my fond childhood and young adult memories. May God bless you and know that others care. Hugs to you.
    Sharon Lucas Keck

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