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James Roberts Crider

In the words of Lucy Van Pelt, "A man was born, he lived, and he died. The End." Actually, this complicated man - James Roberts Crider - was born (July 4, 1920 in Iowa City, Iowa), abandoned, adopted (January 1921) and lived for 93 years before dying of a short, sudden illness on July 15, 2013 (NW Hospital, Seattle). Along the way he learned to draw, to cut and style hair, and he got a BA at Cornell College. He served in the US Army during WWII and the occupation of Japan (1942-1948), learning the Japanese language from his wife (1945)-to-be teacher Lilyan Inana, a Seattle native and refugee from Minidoka internment camp in Idaho. Between 1948 and 1950 he earned an MA and fathered two children - Suzanne and Jon(now Jono). In 1950 he was recalled to active Army duty for two years in Korea, where he was awarded a bronze star. Then, in 1952, he began a career at the University of Washington that would last until 1990, teaching and designing costumes for hundreds of productions in the School of Drama. Retirement led to the creation of quilts, fabric wall hangings, women's jackets and many other 'Crider Originals' - until macular degeneration robbed him of most of his sight. He cared for Lilyan until her death in 2005, and remained fiercely independent until his final years, when his indomitable will finally began to falter. James is survived by his children, five grandchildren (Maria White, Sarah Corwin, Samuel Nicholas, Carly Crider, and Matthew Nicholas) and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sunday July 28, 2013 at 2 PM at Olympic View Church, 425 NE 95th St, Seattle 98115. (Arrangements by Evergreen-Washelli)
Published in The Seattle Times on July 21, 2013
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