Calvin Raymond "Cal" Crawford

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Calvin (Cal) Raymond Crawford, formerly of Juneau, passed away unexpectedly in Henderson, NV. He was born on April 24, 1955, the third and youngest child of James and Mary Crawford in Lincoln, RI, where he grew up. After graduating from Lincoln Senior High School, Cal joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1973 and was honorably discharged in 1976. During his enlistment, Cal was awarded a Letter of Appreciation and the National Defense Service Medal. After his discharge from the Marine Corps, Cal married and had a daughter, Kelsey, and worked at the General Dynamics Electric Boat Division as a stage builder. After his divorce, he moved west to Southern California in 1994 working as an auto mechanic and sales associate. After a few years of the California sunshine, Cal wanted to see Alaska and hopped on board the AMHS ferry Columbia; and decided to disembark when it reached Juneau.
After a week of living in a motel, he met the newly divorced Patricia (Tricia) Everson. A week after meeting, they moved in together and maintained a strong and close relationship that lasted until his death. Patricia's family loved Cal dearly; and he proudly bore the name "the Son-Out-law" as an unmarried, unofficial member of the Everson family. He was also lovingly dubbed "Da Bastid" (if you knew him, you know about his strong Rhode Island accent which he never lost). Cal immediately fit right in with the Everson family. They had joint birthday celebrations for Cal and his two "brothers-outlaw" (Dermott and Duff) and they were dubbed "The Three Amigos" because their birthdays are in April.
Cal was especially close to Patricia's late father, Murlin "Mike" Everson; and was diligent in transporting Mike to his dialysis appointments on time; and at times on a moment's notice if an early morning slot opened for Mike. If Cal said he would be there at 7 sharp-you could set your watch by him! Cal was always on time, which was ingrained in him from his Marine Corps days. The family knew they could count on Cal to help wherever and whenever he was needed. One family member recalls a time their car ran out of gas on the road. A call was made to Cal for help, and he was there within 10 minutes with a gallon jug of gas. You could always rely on Cal to come through when help was needed.
Cal was a gourmet cook and the Everson family always looked forward to his wonderful meals. Cal was often asked by a family member to prepare one of his dishes for a birthday or holiday dinner. Cal took great pride in creating delicious meals that fit within Mike's dietary restrictions.
Before health issues prohibited Cal from working; his first love and passion was his first job in Juneau with the Alaskan Brewery. Cal started on the bottling line and soon advanced to brewer. He loved every aspect of the brewing business and attended a brewing school in Michigan to enhance his skills. He proudly displayed the Juneau Empire article on the Alaskan Brewery which included Cal's picture. He also had a love for photography and a natural talent and eye for capturing the most unique photos of nature and sceneries. Cal was an avid football fan (Patriots and Packers) and a loyal member of Red Sox Nation. He loved his BoSox but would get so nervous if they were tied or trailing, he would growl "I can't watch this" and either leave the room or switch channels. During the historic 2004 baseball season, he could barely watch more than a few minutes of an inning during the ALCS and the family saw him at his happiest when the BoSox vanquished the hated Yankees! The BoSox were on a roll and he watched every minute of them beating the St. Louis Cardinals for the championship.
Cal was known for his loud voice (yay, yay, yay! - a favorite saying) and had a gruff demeanor which could be hard to see past; but once you had his friendship, you saw his loyal and caring heart. He loved to share his music with others, often making mixed CDs of his favorite artists to give to his friends. Cal was often heard arriving in his car before being seen – as his car speakers were routinely set at the highest level! He was an avid reader of history and military books, and loved tending to the cats he and Patricia owned.
Cal was preceded in death by his parents, James Henry and Mary Crawford; brother, John Crawford; Aunt Eleanor Crawford and his "father-outlaw" Murlin Everson. He is survived by his daughter Kelsey Crawford, brother James (Margaret) Crawford, nieces Kiersten and Gretchen and nephews, Jay and Michael; and his best friend and partner, Patricia Everson and her family: Selina Everson, Donelle Everson and Dermott Howard, Catrina and Duff Mitchell, Mark Everson, Michael and JoAnn Everson, numerous Everson family nieces and nephews, and his beloved cat, Siyah.
A Mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 416 Fifth Street, on Wednesday evening, December 17, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. At Cal's request, his ashes will be scattered at a later time in Juneau and Rhode Island.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Dec. 13, 2014 to Jan. 12, 2015
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