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Gary James Westphal Crowder
1937 ~ 2012
Gary James Westphal Crowder passed away 22 May 2012 in Tremonton, Utah, of causes related to age, diabetes, and dementia. Gary was born February 19, 1937 in Glendale, CA, to Cody and Florence Shirk Crowder.
Cody was the backlot supervisor of Paramount Studios in Hollywood so Gary loved to go to work with his dad. Cody's employment also meant that Gary could attend the Hollywood Professional School where all the young actors were educated. Cody passed away in 1946, so at age 10 Gary moved to a monastery to study to be a priest.
At age 18 Gary decided to join the Navy. He was trained as a sonar operator and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. During the day Gary did his Navy job but all night he worked as a DJ at KIKI radio in Honolulu. When he re-enlisted Gary was transferred to Newport Rhode Island. Before his second term was up he was injured and received a medical discharge from the Navy.
Gary decided to stay in Newport, and since he had electronic training, got a job as the engineer of station WADK in Newport. Soon he become the morning air personality and was widely known around town. He later was also the Manager of the station. The well-known Gary met a friendly cashier at the local supermarket and in 1969 Gary and Ellen Daurant were married. Gary had joined the LDS church in Newport and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Gary also served as Bishop of the Newport LDS Ward.
Gary then worked as station manager of station WLLH in nearby Lowell MA. Next Gary decided to try station ownership and purchased a station in Bishop CA in the summer of 1978 and, later that year, a station in Evanston, WY, which brought the couple to Utah.
He sold the stations after a few years and went to work for his former Evanston engineer who had started Gentner Communications which manufactured broadcasting equipment in Salt Lake City. Gary worked there for several years, then moved to Glens Falls NY to work for Northeast Broadcast, a sales company. He later returned to Gentner in Salt Lake City.
Gary had an interesting career as a broadcaster, living in many places and travelling to many locations throughout the world on business. Gary and Ellen also liked to travel to Hawaii and to Orlando FL and went to both places many times. Gary and Ellen were friends to all they met and were generous to all.
Gary and Ellen had no children. Gary was preceded in death by his wife Ellen, his sister Coda Virginia, his brother Cody Vincent, and an infant brother Charles.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday 30 May at the Murray Memorial Mortuary with a graveside service the next day at 11 AM at Murray City Cemetery.


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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on May 27, 2012.
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February 15, 2015
We will miss him and I found a video of Gary Crowder from 1987. Go to this site WLLH Radio Gary Crowder. Click on roast .please Enjoy.
Larry Hay
February 14, 2015
He was my scoutMaster in Middletown,R.I. I went back there in 1972. Still working there, Meet him at The Newport Motor Inn with Wadk.And We lunch. And I Miss him .and Troop1 Middltown,R.I.
Larry Hay
May 31, 2012
Gary and Ellen gave me many happy hours in their home eating and watching Looney Tunes. I loved all the treats that Ellen "made". Gary provided humour with "How are you" "Let me check" often on phone calls at Gentner. I appreciated the many learning moments I had working with Gary. His wit, intelligence and skills have been missed since he retired. I am sure he is entertaining the angels. I am happy that he is with Ellen again.

Lynne Ringwood
May 30, 2012
Gary was a local celebrity at WADK 1540 Newport, RI. He was not only chief engineer at the station, but ran an extremely popular call in talk show. Such celebrity included such things as riding an elephant at the start of a circus. On the odd Wednesday evening he'd also play the Hammond organ at the local roller rink. I was an LDS missionary in Portsmouth when I met Gary and Ellen and Brunhilda the St Bernard. They too were famous for feeding - some would say overfeeding - the missionaries on occasion. At the end of my mission I opted to take road trip back to Utah with them rather than the airplane ride with Elder Hugh B. Brown which would have been my other option. Ellen always laughed about that . So it was that Gary, Ellen, Mark Jones - one the numerous Jones family and myself boarded a VW bus which was completely provisioned to avoid any possible famine. Even so I think we ate every meal out and stayed in motels every night except the first, and despite an ignition switch problem avoided any potential if unlikely starvation. I made it to Utah and they went on California.
When they later moved to Utah we reacquainted and I made a trip to Bishop, CA and the radio station there with them, and later worked briefly for the Evanston station.
This then is to a life well lived, lives, I include Ellen here as well, and to an all too short and amazing 41 year friendship.
Kent Birch
May 30, 2012
Gary you will be missed and have been missed and thougth of so much this past year. You and Ellen always put a smile on our faces every time we saw you, always so generous and so willing to help any way you could. We feel proud to have had you both as our dear friends. Ps. 23.
David & Kay Singletary
May 30, 2012
I worked with Gary at Gentner Communications and I learned a great deal from him. He had an impact on my decision to move into a sales position and I've never regretted it. He taught me the value of relationships. I enjoyed watching he and Ellen interact. I have fond memories of Gary and will miss him.
Cory Schaeffer
May 29, 2012
Death, be not proud

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

By John Donne
The Poetry Foundation
Cindy Lehmann
May 29, 2012
I knew Gary for almost 30 years, there was not a kinder man on earth. Gary also mentored me as I began my career. He was a true gentleman, and a well versed engineer. I will miss him.
Lee Edwards
May 29, 2012
I'm just one of hundreds whose life Gary (AND Ellen) touched. Always a true gentleman in every sense of the word.

I forget her name but Gary's Godmother was a prominent actress at Parmount and family friend.

I miss Gary and Ellen -- they were both treasures.
Dale Tucker
May 27, 2012
May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him.
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