Jack V. Crawford
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Jack V. CRAWFORD Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, died peacefully of a heart attack at home on December 27th 2008. Jack is survived by his wife of forty years, Char, and children: Reesie, Karen, Douglas, Richard, Joel, Ray, Chris, and Jackie, their spouses, their 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Jackie Johnson, her children, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rita and Barry Gilfilen and their children. Jack was born on October 24th 1928 in Anthony, Kansas. He served in the United States Navy for 21 years and was a Navy Chaplain serving in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He and his wife, Char, moved to Kenmore in 1969. Jack became the first mayor of Kenmore, Washington, in 1998 when the city became incorporated. The Jack V. Crawford Skateboard Park was named after Jack in appreciation of his efforts to develop the park for the youth of Kenmore. He served on the Sound Transit Board for many years and was also President of the Model A Ford Club of America, and is also the President of the Kenmore Heritage Society and the Kenmore Library Board and very active in the Puget Sound Dahlia Association. He was an avid Seahawks and Mariner fan. Jack was an active member of the Bothell United Methodist Church and sang for years in the Sojourners Men's Gospel Choir. Jack loved his family and was a man of honor and integrity. He gave much and impacted so many by his life. He will be greatly missed, but the example he left will be felt by many in the people he touched. A Memorial service to celebrate Jack's life will be held at Bothell United Methodist Church on Wednesday January 7th at 2 p.m. Reception following. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to Bothell United Methodist Church-United Methodist Committee on Relief.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2009.
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January 16, 2009
Jack Crawford was a fine gentleman: empathetic, smart, and curious. As Mayor and Sound Transit boardmember, he helped Metro and ST implement new Route 522 and restructure other routes in 2002. He and his wife actually rode transit and had first hand understanding of the system.
Jack Whisner
January 12, 2009
Jack was a man of many talents for which he generously shared with his community. With his contagious smile and laughter he brought goodness. He was a true visionary, a kind mentor, a compassionate leader. . . truly he was that "one in a million", he will be missed greatly by many. Prayers be with you Char and your wonderful family.
Robin Houg
January 7, 2009
Bob and I so enjoyed knowing Jack at the Model A Club. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are wth Char.
Launa Noll
January 5, 2009
We met Jack & Char on our first vist to BUMC. You both made us feel so welcomed. Jack, we will miss your smile and friendship.
Gary & Jean Anderson
January 5, 2009
Jack was a fine man. A true Chaplain. He always greeted you with a smile. He was dedicated to his community. We remember attending the first day ceremony for the new City of Kenmore, with Jack as It's first Mayor. We have many fond memories of Evergreen Model A Ford Club activities with Jack and Char. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you, Char, and also with all of your family.
God Bless,

Don & Ellen Bearwood
Donald Bearwood
January 5, 2009
The world has lost a true gentlemen and scholar. Always there with words of wisdom and a twinkle in his eye that accompanied his warm smile! Our family has many memories of happier days which we will treasure for our life time! He was a truly an amazing man who will be missed by many!
Robert & Christy McLaughlin
January 2, 2009
I'll miss your cheerful smile and your appropriate advise/wisdom you so willingly gave. Thank you Char for sharing your husband with all of us!
Lee Thomas
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