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Mr. James Ancel Crawford I, a true American patriot, passed away in Sequim at the age of 88 on June 28, 2013.
James was known for his devotion to his country, for his incredibly strong spirit and generosity, and for his willingness to always be available to lend a hand.
He was born in Tempe, Arizona, on June 27, 1925, to Henry Matthew and Osha Beatrice Crawford.
He dedicated his life to his country, serving first in the U.S. Navy, Motor Machinist's Mate 2nd Class, from 1943 through 1946, and then in the U.S. Air Force, Master Sergeant (retired), from 1948 through 1965. James served during World War II and in Korea and Vietnam.
His Civil Service retirement from Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington, took place in 1986.
James married Barbara Ellen Arnold on October 16, 1950, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Crawford, of Sequim; his son, James (Cindy) Crawford of Sequim; his daughters, Susan (Bill) Carver and Sharon (Neil) Clayton of Sequim; his sister, Doris Wickersham, of Hamilton, Montana; and many nieces and nephews from California to Washington.
James is also survived by his grandchildren, Tonie Carver of Sequim; Amber Russell and Shawn Carney of Black Diamond, Washington; Lizette Clarke of Walla Walla, Washington; James A. Crawford II and his wife, Rose Crawford, of Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; Amanda Crawford, of Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; David Carver of Sequim, and Stacie Carver of Sequim; and great-grandchildren, Donavan Carver, Caleb "Russell" Carney, Kaden Crawford, Joseph Sword, Rhianna Crawford and Nadine Clarke.
James has returned to his parents, Henry and Beatrice Crawford; his sister, Irene Phariss; and brothers, Donald and Robert Crawford. He is also reunited with his son, Matthew Arnold Crawford, and daughter, Diana Crawford.
A potluck and barbecue celebration of his life will be held on July 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. at his son's residence in Sequim. Those who wish to attend should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A private family interment ceremony with full Military Honors will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington, at a later date.
Memorial contributions in his honor should be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45290, www.DAV.org.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on July 4, 2013