Lowell M. Crow|
January 21, 1941 ~ August 4, 2014
Resident of Danville
Lowell passed away August 4th, 2014, after an 8-year battle with cancer. He was born on January 21, 1941, in Zion, Illinois, to Henry and Naomi Crow. He joined sisters, Corrine, Nadine, and brother Marv. In 1942 the family moved to Cave Creek, AZ, then to Phoenix and Scottsdale, where Lowell's life-long love of the Arizona desert first bloomed and where baby sister Dee Dee was born. Lowell graduated from Scottsdale High School, then from the University of Arizona in Tucson, with a degree in Business Administration. It was at the U of A that he met his future bride, Kim. They were married in 1962 and celebrated their 50th anniversary on August 26, 2012. They had one son, Barry, born in 1968.
Lowell was employed in the medical technology field his whole career in sales, marketing, product development and as an inventor, holding three patents for laser-related products.
He retired at the early age of 53 in 1994 to start a second "career" as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He was always eager to master new skills; carpentry and plumbing being high on his list; so HfH was the perfect fit for him in his retirement. He served on the board of HfH for six years, as well as the Sycamore Homeowners' Association board, in which he was president for a number of years.
Lowell enjoyed skiing, and especially dirt biking, and loved to travel. He traveled for business, Habitat for Humanity, as well as pleasure all over the world. He especially enjoyed it when his wife Kim could join him.
Another interest he picked up later in life was boating. He and Kim enjoyed many years on their small power boat and in their Ballena Bay Yacht Club where both served on the board.
Lowell was known for his curiosity (family members call him "The Interviewer"), his acerbic wit and his tell-it-like-it-is, don't-hold-back style. He was always willing to learn something new and go out and educate himself on whatever suited his fancy, whether it be boating, construction, Spanish language learning, neighborhood improvements, or making the world a better place in general. He will be missed by many.
Lowell leaves his wife Kim, son Barry and daughter-in-law Nicole, his siblings and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Lowell's life will be held on Saturday, August 16th, at 1 pm, at Wilson-Kratzer Chapel of the San Ramon Valley, 825 Hartz Way, Danville.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lowell's name to Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, 2619 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 10, 2014