Harlan Jay Crossman
It is with great sadness that our family announces the peaceful passing of our gentle, giving, and funny father and Grandpa. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1941 and in his early years, his proud memories were of riding Ruth Bader's (Ginsburg), bicycle and of taking the subway to attend Brooklyn Dodgers' games with his brother, Steve. In 1947, his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He studied at the University of New Mexico (UNM) both as an undergrad, and for law school. He also studied at Menlo Park College, where he had a football scholarship. It was at UNM where he met the love of his life, Gayla, studying in the law library and they married in 1964. Their daughters, Monica and Avery, were born in 1965 and 1967. In 1968, they moved to Arizona so that he could work as a law clerk for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Window Rock. His first position as a lawyer was for the State Compensation Fund in Phoenix where he learned to love Workers' Compensation law. He quickly realized that he wanted to represent the injured worker, so he started his own practice in 1972. He excelled in this specialization, becoming one of the first State Bar Certified Workers' Compensation Specialists and only practicing Workers' Compensation for over 50 years. It was with great pride that he welcomed his daughter, Avery, into his practice in 1994 and they became partners. His family was his first love and he taught his daughters his love of fishing which they often did as a family at their cabin in Colorado. His later loves included traveling and horse-racing and he was often seen at the tracks rooting on his own horse, or venturing to Australia or Argentina with his wife, Gayla. He was thrilled to include his son-in-law, Stig, to the family as the son he never had. When his twin grand-children, Erlend and Emilia were born, it was obvious that he was most content surrounded by his loving family. His presence was comforting to those around him and his sense of humor, kindness and warmth will be forever missed but never forgotten. Donations may be made to Home Fur Good Animal Rescue, 10220 N. 32nd St., Arizona 85028. Services will be held Thursday, November 14th at 12:00pm at Temple Solel, 6805 East McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, Arizona 85028. May his memory be a blessing. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Nov. 6 to Nov. 13, 2019.