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Fred Cobham Crabtree


1926 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Fred Cobham Crabtree Obituary
Fred Cobham Crabtree, 86, of Henderson, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 24, 2013. He was born in Hasty, CO, December 5, 1926, to Tom and Lucille Crabtree and raised by his Grandmother, Jane Crabtree.
Fred was a 1945 graduate from Las Animas High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1945 and was inducted into World War II as a Sergeant. Upon being honorably discharged after 4 years of service, Fred married his "one and only" Loraine. They had five beautiful daughters and the family settled down in Yuma, AZ, where they called home for 42 years. In 1960, Fred started his own business, Valley Ditch Lining, in which he took very much pride in. He always had a lot of respect for the people that worked for him as did they for him. After being in business for 30 years, Fred retired in 1990. In 1995 Fred and Loraine moved to Henderson, NV to be close to their 5 daughters and 13 grandchildren. He was always his grandkids' #1 fan, going to every ball game and being the loudest in the stands. In 2006, the couple headed to "the coast" in San Diego, CA, where they enjoyed life for the next 5 years. In late 2011, they resided at Sunrise Assisted Living in Henderson. Fred was a one of a kind man who touched so many people with his huge heart and genuine blue eyes. He was a true family man with an amazing sense of humor.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Loraine Crabtree; daughters, Beverly Kay Finfrock-Swanson (Dr. Al), Judy McKeeby (Danny), Nancy Dane-Butts (John) and Cathy Collingwood (Norm); son in law, Bob Steen; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and cousins, Virgil Crabtree and Robert Crabtree. He was preceded in death by his Grandma; parents; daughter, Lori Steen; and brother, Jack Crabtree.
Visitation will be on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 12:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m. with memorial services following at Palm Eastern Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV. Fred will be laid to rest at Johnson Mortuary and Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 1415 S. 1st Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to MSA Home Health and Hospice, 2520 St. Rose Pkwy, Ste 220, Henderson, NV 89074. His smile, generosity and quick wit will be truly missed.
Published in The Yuma Sun from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2013
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