Allan Dean Crawford

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Allan Dean Crawford - February 5, 1927 to June 5, 2018. Resident of Arroyo Grande. Allan Dean Crawford was born, raised, and schooled in Southern California. His parents were Lynn Crawford and Adele Johnston. Allan had a younger sister, LiAnne. He met his bride to be, Lois Martin, in 1945 while Lois was attending the University of California and Allan was stationed at the Naval facility on Treasure Island. Allan and Lois were married in 1947. Allan studied two and a half years at Stanford University before transferring to U.C. Berkeley where he graduated in 1952, one of the first seven to graduate from the newly created School of Industrial Engineering at the University of California. During 1944-46 while Allan was in the U.S. Navy, he learned electronic and radar skills which took him, after graduation from U.C. Berkeley, into the infant television industry. The couple were blessed with four children. In 1957, Allan and Lois opened a Television sales and service business in El Cerrito, CA. Then, in 1979, Allan's lifelong interest in stamps and a growing interest in coins led them to open California Coin and Stamp in Oakland, California, where the business grew. During the mid-nineteen nineties Allan and Lois decided to move California Coin and Stamp to San Luis Obispo and build their dream home in Arroyo Grande. They have continued to grow their business and become active members of the community for almost 30 years. Allan's parents, sister, and a daughter, Susan, preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Lois; two sons: Patrick and David, a daughter, Diane; as well as 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Allan was a beacon of kindness and grace with a warm smile for all he knew. He will be greatly missed.
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on July 12, 2018