Jack G. Crawford
1928 ~ 2014
Longtime Boise resident, Jack General Crawford, died July 28, 2014 at age 85, two days short of his 86th birthday, after a brave fight against cancer.
Jack was born July 30, 1928 in San Diego, California to Harry and Eva Crawford. From age 10-14, he was chosen to be in the Bob Mitchell's Boys Choir. They were in existence from 1934-2000 and appeared (and/or were heard) in some 100 films and more that 1,000 radio and TV shows. Some of the films that Jack participated include: "Yankee Doodle Dandy", "Going My Way" and "Bells of St. Mary's". Jack graduated from high school at San Fernando Valley at age 16. He advanced two years because of his Catholic schooling.
When Jack was 16 he enlisted in the Navy, lying about his age in order to qualify so young. When he turned 17 the Navy found out his untruth and gave him the choice to either be court martialed or to enlist for another four years. He chose the latter and thus served his country for a total of five years, from 1944 to 1949. He was a Navy diver serving his Navy time on a submarine, the USS 326 Blueback, and was a pioneering WW II Frogman.
Jack received a scholarship in football and track to USC but was only able to attend for one year as he quit to raise a family. In 1952 he moved to Alaska where he did the "Family Bookshelf" on radio and sang on KFAR-TV. He came to Idaho in the late 50's and worked for Hillcrest Country Club, Lampost Lounge, Sandbar, and House of Seagram's as a liquor salesman.
Jack performed and sang in several musicals produced by Kenneth Hartzler in the 60's in Boise, including: "South Pacific", "Camelot", "Music Man", "The King & I", "Sound of Music", "Kismet", "Oliver", and "Annie Get Your Gun".
Jack married Joann Joslin in May of 1977 in Boise, Idaho. In 1982, he became a member of Masonic Lodge #60 and El Korah Shrine, and later Boise Basin #3 Order of the Amaranth. He was elected Grand Royal Patron of Idaho Order of Amaranth in 2001-2002. He was also a member of the Elk's Gleeman.
Jack's later years were spent traveling extensively especially loving the home he and Joann have in Mexico.
Jack had four children and was preceded in death by three sons and a brother. He is survived by his wife, Joann Crawford; a daughter, Jacqueline Smith; a brother, James Crawford; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff and doctors of the CLC unit at the VA Hospital for the wonderful care they gave Jack during his battle with cancer.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, August 4, 2014 at Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel. Inurnment services will conclude at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 1:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or the Amaranth Scholarship.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Jack's memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com.
Summers Funeral Home - Boise Chapel
1205 West Bannock Street Boise, ID 83702
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 3, 2014