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William Miller Crawford


1922 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
William Miller Crawford Obituary
May 22, 1922 - May 25, 2016 William Miller Crawford, son of Anna I Johnson Crawford, Pitzer Miller Crawford, was born at home, on May 22, 1922, a second-generation Los Angelean, passed away at home on May 25th, 2016, at home on Balboa Island, with his beloved granddaughter Emery Lucille Fitzgerald, by his side. William "Bill" Crawford was 94, attended LA High School, UCLA, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Southern Pacific Arena. Crawford was a sports enthusiast, sailor, surfer, skier, biker, swimmer. Crawford resided in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and for the past 40 plus years in Newport Beach. He was a member of the University Club, Lincoln Club, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, and in later years the 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. Always a lover of the ocean, Crawford contributed to the replanting of kelp seabeds to rejuvenate marine life near Corona Del Mar. Crawford " the Chief" as he like to be called, is survived by his daughter Christine S Crawford, who resides in Costa Rica, his granddaughter, Emery Lucille Fitzgerald, grandson-in-law Brian Fitzgerald, his great-granddaughter, Ireland Olivia Crawford Fitzgerald, and daughter Laurie Crawford who resides in Germany. The family will hold a small remembrance gathering 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 29 to May 31, 2016
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