Samuel Herbert Crawford (1944 - 2017)

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Samuel Herbert Crawford passed peacefully at Nathan Adelson Hospice facility in Las Vegas, Nev., at the age of 72, after losing his bravely fought, year and a half long battle with stage IV cancer. Sam was born in Florence, Ore.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Jan. 16, 1962, completed two tours in Vietnam and spent nearly half of his service time stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He retired from the U.S. Army on Jan. 30, 1982. His retirement was short-lived, as he went to work for Tesoro Alaska at their Anchorage port facility, eventually retiring from there in June 2005. All total, Sam spent 46 years of his life in Alaska, and considered it his home. He enjoyed working on cars, fishing, reading westerns and helping others, but more than anything he loved spending time with his family and friends. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the true joys of his life.
Sam is survived by his wife of 17 and a half years, Violet "Kathy"; mother-in-law, Hazel Elaine Bell; brothers, Ed and Joe (Carla); sisters Helen and Sue Goodwin (Dan); son, Samuel (Andrea); daughters, Jeannett Barleen (Denny) and Cynthia Studer (Jeff); stepdaughters, Francie Norris-Sunceri (Jonathan), Donna Curtis, Shellena Beals (Daren) and Tammy Anderson (Ron); two nieces; five nephews; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Sam was cremated at Desert Memorial Cremation & Burial Society in Las Vegas, Nev. His ashes will be committed with military honors at Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider honoring Sam's love of helping others, hatred of cancer and joy of children by making a donation to in his name.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 16 to July 17, 2017
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