George Wayne Crawford(1924-2014)

Our family has lost a very important member. George or Wayne (yes, he was known by either name) was born in Potawatomi County, Oklahoma on May 14, 1924 to George and Rachel Crawford. He came to Yuma as an infant and Yuma is where he spent most of his early years. George was a very proud member of the U .S. Army 45th Division (The Thunderbird Division) in World War II. When he returned from the war he married Ellen Marie Williams or Rea (yes, she is known by two names, too) a Yuma native, on June 16, 1946. They had almost 68 wonderful years together. He was a 30 year veteran of the Yuma Proving Ground Fire Department. After many years in Yuma, George & Ellen have spent the last 25 years in Tucson.

George's family was his pride and joy and his most precious legacy. George's family includes his wife, Ellen, his sons Dan (Pattie) and George (Blenda) and daughter Janet Couch (Richard). He is also survived by his much adored grandchildren James Crawford (Heather), Karen Conway (Grant), Steven Crawford, Ryan Couch (Lettie), and Lisa Crawford. George's precious great grandchildren also survive him: Dylan, Alyssa, and Trevor Conway and Ty Crawford. They brought him great joy and many smiles these past few years. There was never a dull moment with four little ones between the ages of three and seven. George has so many other special people who will miss him, including Eleanor Knight of Yuma and his cousin, Joan Crawford Harmon of Stockton, CA.

Services will be held Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 1415 S. 1st Avenue, Yuma.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer you consider a donation in George's memory to The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter, 5278 East 21st Street, Tucson, AZ 85711 (he loved his kitties) or to Arizona's Children Association, 2700 S. 8th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85713, or to a .

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Published in The Yuma Sun from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2014