March 26th, 1924 to August 18th, 2013
Clinton Crabtree, beloved husband, father, & grandfather left this world for his final resting place at age 89 on August 18th, 2013. After a short hospital stay, he returned home to spend his final days. He left us peacefully, of natural causes.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Edna, and sons, Lyle Crabtree and his wife Jane of Fairbanks, AK, Neil Crabtree and his wife Deanna of Escalon, CA, sister, Wanda Bach of Lansing, KS, and grandchildren Shelly and James from Escalon, and Amanda from Anchorage, AK. His niece, Iola Holmes, has been a neighbor and close friend for many years. He also has numerous other nieces and nephews. Clinton was preceded in death by his parents, Roy & Della, his brother Lloyd, and sisters, Esther, Delois, & Lavonne.
Clinton was born in Neosho, MO. He fondly talked about his days as a young boy, how he enjoyed growing up in the openness of their farm land and the time he spent with his brother and sisters. He left Missouri in 1944 to join the Navy during WWII. He settled in Salida, CA after leaving the Navy in 1946. It was there he met his future wife, Edna, and married on July 5th 1947. He worked in the construction industry for 8 years before moving to Colorado in 1954 to start his own construction business. In 1960 he moved his family back to Salida and continued building homes. In 1978, Clinton and Edna moved to Escalon where they remained. Clinton built over 200 homes during his career and was very proud of providing quality homes for families in areas where he and his family also lived.
Clinton loved working hard, spending time with his family, and cherished his time in the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He frequented many California lakes and streams with his sons and grandson. He also made numerous hunting trips to Colorado. For 21 years he and Edna drove their motorhome to Fairbanks, Alaska to visit family and fish for Halibut and Salmon. On several trips, other family members accompanied them. He and Edna fished the Deshka & Kenai Rivers, Cook Inlet, and the Prince William Sound. He used to joke about having lived in Alaska for a total of 3 ½ years.
Clinton loved animals in general, and in years past owned bird dogs that he enjoyed as hunting companions. He will always be remembered by his loved ones as a kind and gentle man who was devoted to his family. He will be missed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Deegan Funeral Chapel. A chapel service will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10am at Deegan Funeral Chapel 1441 San Joaquin St., Escalon. He will be laid to rest privately at Burwood Cemetery. To send condolences to the family please visit www.deeganfuneralchapels.com.
Donations in Clinton's memory may be made to Community Hospice 4368 Spyres Way., Modesto, CA 95356.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Aug. 25, 2013