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William Miller Crawford


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William Miller Crawford Obituary
May 11, 1922 - May 25, 2016 William Miller Crawford, born at home on May 11, 1922, second-generation Los Angelean, passed away at home on May 25th, 2016, on Balboa Island, with his beloved granddaughter Emery Lucille Fitzgerald by his side. William Crawford was 94, attended LA High School and UCLA, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Southern Pacific arena. Always a lover of the ocean, Crawford was a sports enthusiast, sailor, surfer, skier, biker, swimmer. He was also a passionate traveler and lover of all cultures, proud to have visited all seven continents. Crawford resided in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, New York, Malibu and for the past 40 plus years in Newport Beach. He was a member of the University Club, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, the Lincoln Club, the Traveler Century Club, and the renowned Dad's Donut Shop Group each morning on Balboa Island. Into his early 90's, even though most sports were no longer an option, due to blindness, he swam 40 laps three times a week. Also Crawford was a contributor to the replanting of kelp seabeds to rejuvenate fish population near Corona Del Mar. Crawford, "the Chief" or "Biker Bill" as he liked to be called, is survived by his daughters Christine S. Crawford, who resides in Costa Rica, and Laurie L. Crawford, who resides in Germany, his granddaughter, Emery Lucille Fitzgerald, his great-granddaughter Ireland Olivia Crawford Fitzgerald and grandson-in-law Brian Fitzgerald. The family will hold a small remembrance at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. As per the "Chief's" wishes, the Neptune Society will scatter his ashes at sea.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 28 to May 30, 2016
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