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Jack V. Crawford

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Jack V. CRAWFORD Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, died peacefully of a heart attack at home on December 27th 2008. Jack is survived by his wife of forty years, Char, and children: Reesie, Karen, Douglas, Richard, Joel, Ray, Chris, and Jackie, their spouses, their 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Jackie Johnson, her children, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rita and Barry Gilfilen and their children. Jack was born on October 24th 1928 in Anthony, Kansas. He served in the United States Navy for 21 years and was a Navy Chaplain serving in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He and his wife, Char, moved to Kenmore in 1969. Jack became the first mayor of Kenmore, Washington, in 1998 when the city became incorporated. The Jack V. Crawford Skateboard Park was named after Jack in appreciation of his efforts to develop the park for the youth of Kenmore. He served on the Sound Transit Board for many years and was also President of the Model A Ford Club of America, and is also the President of the Kenmore Heritage Society and the Kenmore Library Board and very active in the Puget Sound Dahlia Association. He was an avid Seahawks and Mariner fan. Jack was an active member of the Bothell United Methodist Church and sang for years in the Sojourners Men's Gospel Choir. Jack loved his family and was a man of honor and integrity. He gave much and impacted so many by his life. He will be greatly missed, but the example he left will be felt by many in the people he touched. A Memorial service to celebrate Jack's life will be held at Bothell United Methodist Church on Wednesday January 7th at 2 p.m. Reception following. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to Bothell United Methodist Church-United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2009
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