Paul Beatty Crews (1917 - 2017)

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Paul Crews passed away peacefully on July 20, 2017, at the Anchorage Pioneer Home. Paul was born in Portsmouth, Va., in 1917, but grew up in Bremerton, Wash. Paul loved the outdoors, the water and the mountains. He became an Eagle Scout, spent his winter months skiing, and his summers climbing in the Olympic Mountains.
Paul earned a mechanical engineering degree from Washington State University in 1941, and immediately enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the onset of World War II. He married Betty Morgenthaler shortly after. The military assigned him as the Ordinance Officer in the South Pacific. When the war ended, Paul and Betty built a house in Bellevue, Wash., where the first two of their four children were born. In 1952, the family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, living in Rogers Park. In 1962, the family built Paul's current home in Turnagain.
In 1957, Paul began practice as one of the first licensed mechanical engineers in Alaska. He was a founding partner of Crews, McInnes and Hoffman. The firm grew in size and was instrumental in the design and construction of many of Alaska's large buildings.
Paul's passions for mountains, skiing and flying continued into old age. Paul was a founder of the Mountaineering Club of Alaska and owned and flew many airplanes during his Alaskan life. Paul was an avid skier to his 90th year.
Paul was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty; and son-in-law, Bob Venator. He is survived by his children, David, Paul, Katie and Peter; their wives, Mary, Barbara and DaRae; and grandchildren, Sarah, Elizabeth, Abigail, Laura, Nicholas, Katherine, Sebastian, Nick, Valerie, Tony, Michael and Laura.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Kincaid Chalet on Aug. 8, 2017, at 6 p.m. All are invited to share stories. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boy Scouts of America.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 26 to July 29, 2017
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