Preston Crabtree

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Preston D. Crabtree
May 31, 1937 - February 11, 2017
Preston D. Crabtree, 79, of Caldwell, Idaho, passed away, Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at his home.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, February 17th at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, 624 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell, Idaho 83605. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Caldwell on Karcher Rd.
Preston was born May 31, 1937 in Neligh, Nebraska to James and Marian Crabtree. He went to Neligh High School, and graduated in 1955. He then moved from Plainview, Nebraska to Caldwell, Idaho in 1955 and started his long and brilliant career with JR Simplot where he spent 44 years, 35 as a Simplot employee and 9 years as a consultant. During those 44 years he worked his way up through the ranks. By the time he retired he was Director of Operations and throughout his employment he had the opportunity to travel all over the United States and the World. (We also have been told that during his career he was considered one of the best in the World at processing and handling potatoes). Five years into his career in 1960, he married Merlene Carver who he loved deeply.
In 1962 he was called upon to serve with our United States Armed Forces. It was a career he considered making long-term but because of the death of his older brother he was honorably discharged in 1963. He and Merlene chose to move back to Idaho to raise his brothers' children 5 and 6 year old (Charlene and Monty). With a strong desire to add to their family, they had Kelsey in 1967 and Stacey in 1969.
Some of Preston's hobbies would include motorcycle riding, golf, pheasant hunting, and fishing. When he retired his favorite past-time was camping and riding his ATVs in the Owyhee Mountains until his wife's death in 2012.
He is survived by his children, Charlene and her husband Jim Doherty, Monty and his wife Denise Crabtree, Kelsey and her husband Michael Nevin, Stacey and his wife Tia Crabtree; nine grandchildren, Janesse and Colton Kritz, Preston and Collin Doherty, Trent Crabtree and Jack Nevin, and Sydnee, Liam and Niall Crabtree, siblings Winona Larsen, Lonel Crabtree, and Sandy Dooms. He was preceded in death by his wife Merlene Crabtree, his parents James and Marian Crabtree, 2 brothers, Clifford and Gerald (Jerry) Crabtree and one son Jeff Kritz.
The family would like to give special thanks to our aunt Maria Crabtree for helping our father since the death of our mother and to Colleen Hibbens and Jennifer Larkins, they have a special part in our hearts and have become a part of our family.
Dad, we want you to know you were the greatest father, and you provided for us well! We know and understand you wanted to take this special journey home to be with your loving wife. We want you to know that we love you and miss you. Love always, your kids.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Idaho Food Bank.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 15, 2017