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Jim Crawford, 82, of Sequim passed way suddenly January 6, 2014, from heart disease.
He was born in Dayton, Ohio, on September 30, 1931, to Dan and Laura (McElveny) Crawford.
He attended Jefferson Union High School, Daly City, California, and was active in all sports.
Jim joined the Navy Reserve in high school and went on to join the Navy after graduation. He served as an aviation electrician on the flight deck of the USS Princeton during the Korean War.
Jim was a captain with the city of San Jose, California, Fire Department until his retirement January 2, 1974. He continued doing fire investigations after retirement, both private and for state and county offices in Northern California.
Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4760 in Sequim, a 42-year member of the United Benevolent Order of the Elks and a member of the International Footprint Association Chapter 74 Sequim.
In 1989, Jim was visiting with friends in Butte, Montana, where he met Sally Harris-Crawford. They married December 31, 1993, having just celebrated their 20-year anniversary with close friends.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sally; his two sons, Michael and Matthew Crawford; and daughter Julie Sawyer, all of the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
He is also survived by his stepchildren, Bill Bergstad of Townsend, Montana; Katherine Gibson of Auburn, Washington; and Laurie Lacey of Butte, Montana. Jim leaves behind numerous grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 8, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 815 West Washington Street, Sequim. Bishop Brendan Cain will officiate.
Linde-Price Funeral Service in Sequim is in charge of arrangements. Interment will be in the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Feb. 2, 2014