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Posted on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 5:23 p.m.

Former Manchester village president dies from injuries suffered in head-on crash

By Julie Baker

Former Manchester Village President and University Bank Director David Little died at University of Michigan Hospital Wednesday after suffering major injuries in a head-on crash with a jackknifed semi.


David Little

Courtesy of University Bank

Little, 73, was airlifted to U-M after emergency personnel removed him from his Ford Fiesta following the crash at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on M-52 near Bethel Church Road in Sharon Township.

Stephen Ranzini, University Bank president and chief executive officer, released a statement on Little's death Wednesday afternoon, saying, "“We are devastated by the loss of our director, Dave Little.”

Little, a graduate of Manchester High School and Eastern Michigan University, was village president of Manchester from 1970-1978, according to information provided by University Bank.

He also was chairman of the Manchester Village Planning Commission from 1966 to 1970; was a member of the Washtenaw County Metropolitan Planning Commission including two years as chairman (1966-1969); and served the longest ever serving member of the Washtenaw County Parks Commission (1969-1999).

Little also was active in nonprofit activities, serving as president of each of the Manchester Jaycees, the Manchester Optimist Club and the Emanuel Church of Christ Board. He was also the founder and president of the Manchester Community Resource Center, which was formed in response to the closing of a major local employer. Little also taught classes in areas of his expertise at Washtenaw Community College, including two banking classes and a business class, according to University Bank.

Little joined the University Bank Board of Directors in 2010.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Borek Jennings Funeral Home.

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Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 9:35 p.m.

Dave was a great guy and will be missed by many. Always a smile, always a handshake or a hug, along with a great sense of humor. This is a terrible loss for our community and all who knew him, but particularly for his family. My heart goes out to them.

Jane Talcott

Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 1:58 a.m.

This is a tragic loss for the community, and my heart goes out to Dave's family.

Nancy H. Burkhalter

Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 12:25 a.m.

What an awful loss -Dave was a wonderful person and an important member of the county community. How sad. My condolences to his family and close friends.


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 10:49 p.m.

I am so sorry to read of Mr. Little's passing. May God bless his family and loved ones.


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 10:36 p.m.

So sorry that Mr. Little didn't make it. I was praying his recovery. My condolences to his family.