Partin Designed RVs for Winnebago, Fleetwood

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March 30, 2013 by   5 Comments

David Partin

Former Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. executive C. David Partin, 66, of Surprise, Ariz., passed away peacefully March 25 after having been hospitalized with pneumonia since Jan. 25 at Kindred Long Term Acute Care Facility in Peoria, Ariz.

Born in Milan, Mo., Partin started his career in 1966 as a draftsman at Fisher Controls in Marshalltown, Iowa, and went to work in 1969 in corporate concept development for Winnebago Industries Inc. in Forest City, Iowa. Partin was employed by Winnebago until 1987, when he became director of design for Fleetwood Enterprises in Riverside, Calif., until his 2006 retirement.

“David was a natural ‘product guy,’” recalls Dave Russell, the now-retired director of product planning for Fleetwood Enterprises who first hired Partin to work on Fleetwood’s legendary Bounder Class A. “He had an innate sense of what would work, what made sense and what would sell. “David worked very closely with (Fleetwood founder) John Crean throughout the evolution of the Bounder product as it eventually became the No. 1-selling motorhome in the U.S. John had a deep respect for David’s abilities and trusted his judgement on product improvements. That is a huge statement.”

Partin is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jennifer, of Surprise, Arizona, and daughters Jill, San Marcos, Calif., and Stacia (Jesse) Stout of Honolulu, Hawaii, in addition to grandchildren Carter and Lilah Stout.
Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, suggested donations are to The American Lung Association in memory of David. Visit

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5 Responses to “Partin Designed RVs for Winnebago, Fleetwood”

  1. Bill Mirrielees on March 30th, 2013 1:43 pm

    I knew Dave. He was a kind and gentle guy with a keen mind and pleasant way. Always went out of his way to say hello, and always listened to what you had to say.

  2. Larry Hughes on March 30th, 2013 1:47 pm

    I am deeply saddened by hearing about Dave Partin’s passing.. He was a great product developement manager, but more importantly, he was an outstanding indivual!

    My sincerest feelings go out to Dave’s wife, Jennifer and to his entire family and to all of the people who worked with and for Dave, at Fleetwood!

    Larry Hughes

  3. Phil Nussear on April 1st, 2013 9:29 am

    I always enjoyed working with Dave. He always listened patiently and considered all recommendations. He was a mild mannered, caring individual, loved by his co-workers and subordinates, and was exceptionally outstanding in his field. My condolences to Dave’s family and we will all remember you in our thoughts and prayers

  4. John Ables on April 1st, 2013 10:00 pm

    So sad to learn of Dave’s passing. He was a very kind person and a designer with wonderful wisdom. Under his supervision so many great products were born, improved and reinvented. The world was a better because of Dave. My thoughts go out to his family as he will be missed.

  5. Richard E. Shaw on April 4th, 2013 4:57 pm

    I never met Dave but his daughter Jill has been an employee for many years.
    The love Jill had for him and has for his memory leads me to believe he must have been a great and caring man,

    My sincerest feelings go out to Dave’s wife, Jennifer and to his entire family.