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Humboldt County lost a pillar of its community on Saturday, March 26th 2011 when Chris Crawford, 58, passed away at home in the arms of his beloved wife Elaine after a brief battle with cancer. What is written here can only serve as a short excerpt in the life of a man who was larger than life. Chris was a man of big ideas and exceptional work ethic. Christopher Crawford was born June 25, 1952 at St. Luke's Hospital in Pasadena, California to Ingaborg and Clifford Crawford. Chris grew up in Pasadena and lived in the Los Angeles area for many years and attended Citrus College in Glendora and later became a Fellow in the Court Executive Development Program at the Institute for Court Management, National Center for State Courts. Chris's career began as managing director of numerous courts in Southern California, including Torrance Municipal and Superior Courts, Beverly Hills Municipal Court, and Catalina Justice Court. In 1994 Chris founded Justice Served, a Court Administration and Management consulting firm with expertise in a wide variety of court disciplines including streamlining organizational systems. Chris was recognized nationally and internationally as a leading expert in his field and was instrumental in transitioning court systems into wireless technology in places like Hong Kong, the Republic of Rwanda, The Federation of Nigeria, Costa Rica, and Taiwan. In Eureka, Chris was better known for his dedication to his community than for his globe-trotting consulting work. He loved his community and dedicated himself to leaving it a better place than he'd found it, and he did just that as evidenced by his service to many local organizations and the local political scene. Chris served as Board Member and past President for the Eureka Chamber of Commerce and The Humboldt Business Council. He was a founding member of Redwood Technology Consortium, was a regular columnist for the Times Standard with "Tech Beat" and was a Member of the Board and served as Past President of Humboldt Fire District 1. To honor him, local Fire Stations flew flags at half-staff on the day of Chris's passing. Chris received awards too numerous to mention for both his professional achievements and his tireless volunteer work in the interest of his community. Chris married Elaine, the love of his life, in 1980. Together they built a life rich in friendships and community activities. Chris and Elaine made an annual summer pilgrimage to the Humboldt County Fair, where they enjoyed the horse races. Among Chris's regular activities were weekly racquetball games with friends, but his real hobby was Humboldt County. "Justice Served" was the business. Community Served was his life. Chris is survived by his wife of 31 years, Elaine, siblings John Crawford of Yucca Valley, Maureen Davidson of Newport Beach, Clifford Crawford of San Diego, Gerald Crawford of Thailand, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service to follow at a future date. In lieu of flowers, Elaine requests that donations be made in Chris's name to the local office of The American Cancer Society at 2942 F Street, Eureka, California 95501 or to the charity of your choice. Please sign the guest book at, click obits.

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Published in Times-Standard from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2011.
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March 23, 2019
I miss you Brother,you where always part of the Crawford 5 siblings, but we leave that open,because you are gone,but never forgotten. Love Clifford Crawford
Clifford Crawford
April 19, 2011
April 16, 2011
So sorry for your loss Clifford. Life has its own way of separating friends and loved ones. But, it is our hope that one day we will all be united again. God bless you Clifford.
Scott Downs
April 16, 2011
A man of honor, truth and that will leave a great legacy. Fun family times together at the casita in San Gabriel, memories never to be forgotten. You will be missed, but your smile, laughter and unconditional love will always be remembered.
Vicki Crawford
April 16, 2011
Chris was my Brother,and I will miss him.Chris death happened so fast,in a way it was a blessing that Chris did not suffer a long illness.I will always think of many years growing up together,and with his other sibblings as well.I do not have to be were Chris Lived or were he died,because I carry my Brother always with me in my Heart. Rest in peace my Brother.
Clifford Crawford Jr.
April 11, 2011
Chris was one of the few people who always made time to discuss difficult issues no matter what side he supported. He always exercised a voice of reason mixed with humor. I miss him.
Rhuenette Alums
April 11, 2011
I always admired the way I saw Chris, the husband, when out on the town with you Elaine—so caring and considerate of your needs. In the public arena his zest for life, the challenges he took on that would daunt most of us showed what a remarkable man he was. His passing leaves a hole in the fabric of Eureka. Thanks for sharing him with all of us.
Marian Brady
April 11, 2011
Chris-Handing over the Gavel
I appreciated Chris taking time to mentor & show me how to conduct a Board of Directors meeting. His attention to detail & preperation were very helpful for me to observe....along with his sense of humor & observations of our "human-ness". I'm grateful to have known him.

-Mike L Newman
April 10, 2011
Dear Elaine and family,
I had the honor of working with Chris when he served on the NACM Website Committee w/me for two years. He also came to our court and taught an ICM Caseflow class to staff. Everyone loved his teaching style. He was a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed by all of us. We always talked about various wines. I had promised him another bottle of wine to add to his collection and was hoping to give it to him at NACM 2011. We will have a toast in his honor.
Linda Romero Soles
April 5, 2011
Chris will be missed is an understatement – his good nature, hearty laugh and the insightful way he approach issues in the courts and our beloved justice system. His legacy will be through those he taught and touched on so many levels for many years to come.
Thomas Dibble
April 4, 2011
All of us are richer for having Chris in our lives, either as a personal friend or as a committed friend of the courts. He will be truly and deeply missed. I first met Chris during the planning of the new Seattle Municipal Court building. I learned so much from him during that period and continue to use the lessons he shared with me today.
Marti Maxwell
March 31, 2011
I met Chris through my interest in procurement especially for information technology. Always willing to assist, to share his knowledge and his many contacts. Just about a month ago I sent my last hello to Chris. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Carlene Cross
March 31, 2011
Elaine..Chris was a amazing man he will always be in our hearts his big smile and a wonderful host at the Christmas we love you love Ed and Liz Fredrickson
Liz Fredrickson
March 31, 2011
Elaine..Chris was a amazing man he will always be in our hearts his big smile and a wonderful host at the Christmas we love you love Ed and Liz Fredrickson
March 31, 2011
Elaine, I know you will miss him deeply, as will an entire community he made his own. Chris was always such a forward thinker. So passionate! His hearty laugh was his own to his core. Taken from us all way too soon! We'll miss you at the races my friend!
Nancy Woods
March 31, 2011
Ms Crawford,
We have never met, but I worked with Chris through the NCSC group CITOC. A great guy, dedicated worker and all round good person.
I am saddened by his passing and will keep Chris, you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Ken Bosier
March 31, 2011
Dear Elaine,

So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful man, loving and kind. I will always remember him as the "Old Goat"....wonderful, and egnimatic.....he wil be missed....

March 31, 2011
Elaine, Please accept my heart felt condolences on the loss of Chris.
May the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time.
2 Corinthians 1:3
Gene & Irene
March 30, 2011
Elaine and family: I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Chris was a dear colleague who contributed greatly to the court community. His knowledge, kindness, and "larger than life" personality will be greatly missed. His legacy and all his good deeds will live on. RIP, Chris.
Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey
March 30, 2011
What a terrible loss for our Court Community, his loving family and friends. It was a privilege to work with Chris and gain knowledge from his vast expertise in our field. He will be greatly missed.
Cathy Clarich
March 30, 2011
Elaine and family,
We will truly miss Chris. His humor, wit and true caring for others made him a very special person. Our condolences to you all.

Alicia and Brent
Alicia Cox
March 30, 2011
Elaine -- Chris was a trusted colleague who helped greatly to advance the field of court management. More importantly, he was generous, kind, and supportive. He will be missed and remembered fondly. John Martin, Boulder, Colorado.
John Martin
March 29, 2011
Chris was one of the most brilliant people that I met through attending classes at the NCSC and NACM conferences.This is a great loss for all of us in the court system.
Hon. Melissa Miller-Byrnes
March 29, 2011
"We will miss Chris' wit, intelligence, and hard work. He has been a leader in many ways as a professional and as a person. Elaine, we offer our condolences to you and to the rest of your family."
Larry & Jean Webster
March 29, 2011
I was privileged to know and work with Chris over 20 years and he was a consummate professional who loved courts and was always very generous with his time and talents. He will be deeply missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Mary Davis
March 29, 2011
Chris was a generous friend and trusted colleague for close to 25 years. He laughed easily and worked hard, and inspired others to do the same. He enriched me and my family by simply being who he was. I will miss him dearly.
Ingo Keilitz
March 29, 2011
One of the best days of our lives. Thanks for being there Chris.
Rene Agredano
March 29, 2011
Words just seem so useless in trying to express the sadness we feel about losing such a great man.

Chris was one of the smartest, most generous, funny and kind people we have ever met. He was our biggest advocate, our mentor, a true believer in our plans for the future when other people thought we were nuts. We are better people today, both in business and in life, because of knowing him since 1998.

Elaine, you two had a magic together that is so rare and special. Your love is something we will always admire and strive to live up to in our own marriage. We can't thank you enough for being so good to us all these years.

Our hearts go out to you. We can't wait to see you and give you lots of hugs. Till then, know that we are thinking of you and sending our deepest condolences.

-Rene & Jim
Rene Agredano
March 29, 2011
Chris was man with great passion, dedication and a wonderful personality. I was fortunate to become his friend over the past 10-15 years through the NACM and FACT meetings. He will be missed greatly. My prayers go out to his family.
Chas Evans
March 29, 2011
Farewell to Chris. I have been priviledged to work with him, and benefit from his work. His presence in the court community has made a significant difference. Godspeed, and thank you.
Janet Cornell
March 29, 2011
Chris was an uncommon combination of initiative, intelligence, insight, passion, sensitivity and kindness. While we shared many confidences and judgments of individuals and organizations I always trusted his discretion about what we shared. He always did his fair share on very project and team and was moved by and an effective champion of the important things and issues. I will deeply miss our exchanges of good cigars and the latest gossip. He recognized and honored the true contributions of others whatever the conventional wisdom. A true friend is the rarest and most valuable of all things. Chris was a true friend. I feel of profound loss with his passing to the house on the hill and look forward to meeting him there.

Geoff Gallas
Philadelphia, PA
Geoff Gallas
March 29, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Elaine. Chris will always have a special place in our hearts.
Steve Sehon Family
March 29, 2011
Chris was more than a consumate professional. While his contributions to the judiciary and his community were significant and noteworthy, it was his love of life and freindship that made him the special person that he was. His sense of humor, good nature, and passion for life were special and will be missed by everyone that knew him. The relationship he shared with Elaine was something few people have the privilege to experience. My thoughts, prayors and love go out to Elaine and the rest of the family during this difficult time.
Rich Johnson
March 29, 2011
Dear Elaine,

You have been in my thoughts over the last couples of days. I am so very sorry for your lose of my Uncle Chris.In this difficult time, may you find comfort in the memories that you and uncle Chris shared over the years together. You will be in my heart and prayers. We send our Love.

The Hubbards

Weston, Heather, Mackenzie, Presley and Scarlett
Heather Crawford-Hubbard
March 29, 2011
Chris was not only my Uncle but my best friend.Chris told me something once that I will never forget.....

When we are infants, if we're holding something in our hand like a rattle and someone tries to hand us a toy, we don't know how to let go of the rattle in order to grab the toy. This is childhood development where we learn to do it later. Similarly, we can't grasp happiness and fulfillment unless we learn to let go of those things that are holding us back. It's true that no one can make you feel good, except you ... also, no one can make you feel bad, except you.

He always had very powerful words. I will miss his smile his laugh and most important his kindness and wisdom.
Jerry Crawford Jr.
March 29, 2011
Chris' contributions to the court community as well as he friendly smile and always there to reach out will be truly missed. As already said, it seems incredible that we will not have him amongst us sharing his wisdom, humor and friendship. My prayers go out to his family. He has truly left a legacy.
Chelle Uecker
March 29, 2011
Chris touched so many of us in the Court community in so many positive ways. I have trouble imagining a a court conference without his very visible and very positive presence.
Kip Rodda
March 29, 2011
Dear Elaine:

I feel it is almost an intrusion to write at a time like this, but I must tell you how saddened I was by the news of Chris’ death and how deeply I feel for you in your sorrow. Words are not much comfort at a time like this, but I would like you to know that I am thinking of you and your family and send my heartfelt sympathy.

From our ICM days in Steamboat Springs, Colorado I knew that you were both special people. Chris went on to become a consummate professional in the field of court management. He was loved and respected by his peers. He will long be remembered for his case management training efforts. He provided his visionary leadership to both the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and the Forum for the Advancement of Court Technology (FACT).

I pray that time will quickly soften your sorrow and leave you only with cherished memories.

Jude Del Preore
President - NACM
March 29, 2011
Chris had a booming voice and tremendous laugh. We used to hang out in the garden in Lantau until 3 am after work, and I expect he woke up half the building. Chris loved dim sum and sushi and chicken feet. He loved his work in the court even more. He will be missed.
Tim Dibble
March 29, 2011
Chris was larger than life -- we met in the 80's when he worked as a Court Administrator and quickly became friends. Elaine, my heart hurts for you and please know how many of us will also feel his loss. Cris was a great friend......he will truly be missed by all of us.

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Karen Wick
March 29, 2011
Chris will be missed. I enjoyed working with him and was inspired by his energy and insight.
Lee Ann Barnhardt
March 29, 2011
Chris was a great help to me as I started my business. He was always willing to help and serve. I will miss him.
Bruce Randall
March 29, 2011
I will always remember Chris for his energy and humor. His countless friends in court management around the country will miss him greatly.
David Steelman
March 29, 2011
Dearest Elaine: Words cannot express the loss we all feel with Chris' death. It's hard to believe I'll never see his big Irish smile or hear his infectious laugh again. But I will always remember his generosity of spirit and his love for the work of the courts. When I first went on the road, it was by the grace of God that I got paired up with Chris. He mentored me and taught me how to be successful on the road and for that I am deeply grateful. But more than that, I'm grateful for his friendship, his grace, his quick wit and humor. Chris was a 'gentle giant' in our field and a trusted and loyal friend. Although I will miss him always, I think the best way to honor Chris is to take up his charge and try to emulate him. I will give it my best for Chris. My love and prayers are with you, Elaine. Mary Sammon, NCSC
March 29, 2011
Chris was a giant and tremendous inspiration to so many. May you find comfort in knowing that he touched so many lives and brought a sense of well being and calm to everything he was a part of.
Toni Grainer
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