Gary William Crawford

19410603 –

 20190405

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Surrounded by our family; our dad, Gary William Crawford, 77 of Ransom Canyon (Lubbock), Texas, was welcomed into heaven by our oldest brother, Gary Lynn Crawford on April 5, 2019, at exactly 7:30 am and ten days apart.

William Woodrow and Edna Mae (Borgaes) Crawford welcomed their first born and only son in Kemmerer, Wyoming on June 3, 1941.

Dad earned the rank of an Eagle Scout.  Not one day went by where our dad did not exemplify what an Eagle Scout really stands for. He received a Commendation Award from President Dwight D Eisenhower for his efforts of rendering First Aid at a two-vehicle accident.

Dad was a star athlete at Kemmerer High School in Basketball, a Football Captain and his 440-meter relay team broke the State Record!

Shortly after his high school graduation, dad enlisted in the U.S Army where he proudly served his country as a Radar Specialist in Korea as a SP4 from 1959-1962.  He earned a Good Conduct Medal and was an Expert in Rifle and Carbine Weapons. He was honorably discharged and returned home to Kemmerer.

Our parents dated in high school and went to Jr. Prom together.  While dad was home on leave, he and mom rekindled their relationship.  He proposed shortly before leaving back for Korea.  When dad asked moms hand in marriage from her father, Grandpa said, “why would you want to marry her, she can’t even cook”.

Dad responded, “I will teach her”.

Our parents were married in Kemmerer on October 7, 1962, and for 58 years, no two people’s smile could light up a room like theirs and their unwavering love for each other has hallmarked our family.

As told by our dad’s best friend and brother; Jac Horton- The start of dad’s 40 plus year career in the Grocery Industry sprouted because Jac stopped off at the gas station that dad was working at and told him about an unlimited opportunity with Savon Drug in California that he was a part of.  Two months later, our parents loaded up their infant son, Gary Lynn, and “Beanie” the cat along with their possessions and made the trip across the desert.

Dad quickly rose through Management Ranks at Savon On and became a Store Manager of the Oxnard, California store.  He continued to exceed expectations and was relocated to Houston to open a new business and win against the competition.  Together with their three sons, they made a beautiful life in Houston.

Dad was a pioneer in his thinking, proactive approach and merchandising abilities in the drug/grocery industry.  Dad rose from a Buyer of Non Foods to Director and finally to a Vice President of Non Foods at Randall’s Food Markets and spent 25 years of unwavering  commitment and determination to deliver the 5 P’s in the industry, set new standards and concepts, delivered remarkable programs, promotions, merchandising standards and product execution but most important along the way, dad never forgot about the people behind the scenes, in front of the vendors, his team or people who helped him achieve his success.

The last 20 years of his career moved them to Lubbock, Texas for United Supermarkets where he was Business Director, General Merchandise He continued to pioneer new concepts, programs and deliver results.

Dad loved the home, friends, and life he and mom had in Ransom Canyon.  He lived for his grandchildren- vacations, taking them hiking through the hills in Ransom Canyon, riding the rides at Joyland or cheering them on in their high school or college successes.

He took such pride tending his yard (especially his abundant variety of roses) most of all, making sure he lived up to his title of “St. Francis- keeper of the animals”.  His raccoons and stray animals were always on “payroll” and he always made sure they never missed a meal or were too cold in the winter.  Dad was also a huge supporter and Committee Man for most of his years in Houston with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Our dad will be forever remembered for his passion for life, trustworthiness, courteous, cheerful, strong character, perseverance and the deepest love and compassion for his sons, Gary Lynn, Eric and Dale and the love of his life, mom, Sherre Lynne.

Our dad was more than a father and dad to us all, he was our closest mentor, inspiration and was Best Man at Each of our Weddings.

Dad was met in heaven by his son, Gary Lynn exactly 10 days apart, his parents, many extended family, and friends.

He will be forever missed and adored by his loving wife, Sherre Lynne; Son Eric and wife Cathy and children; Ericka Berman (Kent and son Jed), Kaleb (Brianna) and Kolton Crawford.  Son Dale and wife Christie and daughters; Shelby (Taylor) and Chelsea (Ryan). Daughter-in-law Jodie Crawford and daughters; Samantha Bentley (Clint; children Wyatt and Nora) Sabrina Galleymore (Jeffrey; children RaeLynn and Laney Mae). Sister, Shelia Dewey, Brother Jac Horton as well as numerous extended family and friends.

Our dad was baptized and confirmed as a child at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kemmerer, Wyoming. He was baptized and confirmed as an adult in the Mormon Church on May 20, 1967. Dad enjoyed attending the Ransom Canyon Chapel during the time they lived in Ransom Canyon.

We invite you to Visit with the Family on Sunday evening, April 7th from 6pm – 8 pm at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.

We will celebrate the Life and Legacy of our dad on Monday evening, April 8th at 6 pm at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.

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21 thoughts on “Gary William Crawford”

  1. What a lovely story of a happy life filled with love and family. So sorry for the loss of your father, husband, grandfather, friend. I hope he and Gary have found some peace together. Take care.

  2. To all of the Crawford family, I want to send my condolences, prayers and love. Mr. Crawford was a wonderful man and a true joy to be around. He will be truly missed here. Heaven has gained another magnificent man.

  3. He was such an upbeat, positive person and he was totally devoted to Sherre. He will be missed by many. Prayers for all the family .

  4. Prayers for the family.
    I was in his class of 59. He was in Eagle Scouts with my husband Gary Fagnant. I remember his smile.

  5. Jane and Richard Shipley

    Prayer for all as you celebrate the life of this kind gentle man that we had as a neighbor in Ransom Canyon

  6. Beautiful obituary. A truly exemplary couple, Gary and Sherre Lynne, and wonderful family. Heaven’s gain is definitely our loss.

  7. Patrice Sshimmin, Service

    Our thoughts & prayers r with the Family. I remember, as a young girl, going to Gary & Sherre’s wedding reception. A wonderful couple

  8. Don and Kathy Failoni

    Our condolences to all the family. So very sorry for this loss we all suffer – heaven has gained. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. The Rev. Ken Richards

    The Rev. Canon Kenneth Richards’ family extend to all the Crawford family our condolences, prayers, and love. Gary was a dearly beloved cousin and will be truly missed. Let me offer a prayer…. Into your hands, O merciful Saviour, we commend your servant Gary William Crawford. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming,. Receive. Gary into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. And may rest eternal Grant to Gary, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Our thoughts of deep and sincere sympathy are with your whole family at this time of loss. Blessings and continual prayers go with your family as you all face the days ahead. With much love, the Rev. Ken Richards’ family.

  10. Chris Bartlett HPD

    Great story about the life of a great man.
    He is in Heaven with Jesus.
    My family will be praying for the Crawford family.

    Chris Bartlett — Friend of Dale Crawford

  11. Dilford Campbell Carter

    We’ll miss you Gary and so will our dogs. Our condolences to Sherre Lynne and all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Mike and I are so sorry for the loss of your dad and your brother before him. He seemed like a wonderful father to you guys and great husband to your mom. He will always be watching over you all. You remain in our thoughts and prayers

  13. Brenda Shelton-Hubbard

    Sherre, Eric, Dale and family,
    You all are and have been in my prayers. I have so many fond memories with your family as a child. Your dad always had a warm hug and was always smiling. I will never forget the Easter chicks in the bathtub at your house in JV and the ferret that wore Brut cologne. The playday at the stables where our parents cheered us on and y’all told me to get in peanut that he rode double, just to see the bronc ride‼️. Your dad was always there supporting his family. The world is a better place because of the love Gary had for all. Your obituary sums it up perfectly. Heaven has gained yet another angel and he and Gary Lynn will be waiting. Prayers, love and hugs to the entire Crawford family.
    Sincerely,
    Brenda Shelton-Hubbard

  14. I don’t know who wrote that obituary, but I must say, that is one of the best I have ever read. It was just amazing and the life your dad and family had growing up. MY prayers are to all of the Crawford Family.

  15. Sheila Harrison

    We just watched the Memorial Service for Gary Crawford on the live stream video. That was the most beautiful service we have ever witnessed. What a blessed life Gary and Sherry have lived. Thank you for sharing the memorial service with us. We continue praying for all of Gary’s family and friends.

    Ben and Sheila Harrison

  16. Condolences and prayers from our family to yours. May his loving memories carry you through.

  17. Carl and Andre Lively

    Sherrie and Family: Carl and I are so sorry to hear of your great losses. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  18. To the whole Crawford family : I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Gary. You are all in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
    Gary always gave me helpful advice during the time of when he was our Business manager for the GM department. He even had helpful advice after his retirement. I was very thankful to have worked with Gary.
    I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

  19. Sheila Marie Dewey

    My dear brother. I’ll miss your wonderful smile and hearing your voice when we called to talk to each other. I know I have my memories of you and that will always keep you with me. I love you. Your loving sister Sheila

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