Jerry D. Crabs (1940 - 2010)

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Jerry D. Crabs, 70, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. He was born Jan. 26, 1940, in Perkins, Okla., to Keith D. Crabs and Jewell (Wyatt) Crabs.

He attended the Edmond, Okla., public schools, graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma, received a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma and an Education Administrator's Certificate from the University of Colorado.

He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Hurt on June 14, 1962. They began their occupations as educators in the Oklahoma City public schools and moved to Denver, Colo., in 1964 where Jerry taught mathematics and then became a high school principal in the Jefferson County public school system.

In 1984 they moved to Bozeman and became owners of Charlie's, a favorite downtown restaurant. In 1997 they became managers of a private fly fishing club on the banks of the Henry's Fork River in Island Park, Idaho. Returning to Bozeman in 2007, Jerry began tutoring students in math at the Adult Learning Center.

Jerry is an avid fisherman and served on the Henry's Fork Foundation Board while living in Idaho. He also enjoyed hiking, golf, reading, singing and travel.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and sang in the church choir. He also sang in the Bozeman Symphony Choir for a number of years.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Betsy; and two brothers, Wyatt D. (Yvonne) Crabs of Ponca City, Okla., and Tony D. Crabs (Bonnie) of Sugar Land, Texas.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at First Presbyterian Church.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 26 W. Babcock St., Bozeman, MT 59715; to Family Promise of Gallatin County, 429 E. Story, Bozeman, MT 59715; or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 2, 2010
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