Richard Leon Crago
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RICHARD LEON CRAGO Richard Leon Crago of Vero Beach was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1925. He was the son of Laura Monfort Crago and Alfred Crago, Ph.D. He came with his family to Gainesville, Florida in 1929 when his father became a professor at the University of Florida. He was graduated from P.K. Yonge High School, the Laboratory School of the University of Florida. He served in the United States Army in Italy from 1944-1946. He was graduated with highest honors from the University of Florida in 1948. At the University he was a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity, Florida Blue Key, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Delta Chi. He spent his career as a sports broadcaster. For the 1947-48 football season, he was the last student play-by-play announcer for the University of Florida. He broadcast football games for Mississippi State University for five years and for the University of Mississippi for two years. He is believed to be the only person to have been the play by play announcer for three of the original SEC football teams. He was a sports announcer for radio station WCBI in Columbus, Mississippi and manager of radio station WTSP in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was co-owner and later sole owner of radio station W.A.X.E. in Vero Beach from 1963 through 1986. A founding member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, he was also an officer and board member of the Florida Sportscasters Association. He was probably best known in Vero Beach as the voice of the Dodgers. For forty years he was the public address announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Spring Training games. As a member of Vero Beach Country Club, he enjoyed many years of playing golf, and had a circle of very close golfing friends. He married his life mate Harriett Kirk of Jacksonville in 1947; they had three daughters, Laura Crago Kauffmann, Mary Crago Weathersby and Faith June Crago. For many years he sang in the Vero Beach Choral Society, including two concerts at Carnegie Hall. All of his adult life he sang in his church choirs, most recently at First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach where he was a member and elder. With his wife he enjoyed extensive world travel. He was predeceased by his three siblings Jean Crago, John Crago, M.D., Ann Crago King and his daughter, Faith June Crago. He is survived by his much loved wife Harriett Kirk Crago and his children Laura Crago Kauffmann and Alan Kauffmann of Vero Beach, Mary Crago Weathersby of Spring Hill, Florida, in-laws Lillian Kirk Pilkington and John Pilkington, Ph.D. of Oxford, Mississippi, sister-in-law Delores Johnson Crago of Gainesville, Florida, grandchildren Ainsley Kauffmann Seeley and Scott Seeley of Vero Beach, John and Briana Weathersby of Harrisburg, PA" Kiera Kauffmann Black of Vero Beach and eight great- grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 11 AM, Saturday July 9, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the building fund of First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach 32960. Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guest book may be signed at www. lowtherfuneralhome.com. paid obituary


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Published in TC Palm on Jul. 6, 2011.
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July 9, 2011
We wish to offer our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the immediate family, all other relatives, many associates and lifelong friends of DICK CRAGO upon his departure from the scene ...

He had one of the truly great voices in baseball and was very much appreciated by all throughout his 40+ years at Holman Stadium at Spring Training for the Los Angeles Dodgers ...

DICK CRAGO shall be fondly remembered forever by all who knew or met or heard him over time.
CLAY MARSTON
July 9, 2011
I was fortunate to work with Dick for a few Spring Trainings. I loved listening to his stories and learning so much. An all around good guy. You will be missed.
Trevor Gooby
July 8, 2011
Dick was a GREAT husband father citizen he was part of the greatest generation a WW II veteran it was a privelage To know him
Thomas Segura
July 7, 2011
We grieve with the family as we remember Dick as a fatherly/grandfatherly figure to so many at First Presbyterian Church. He and Harriet were always among the first faces we sought out when home and among the smiles we enjoyed the most. He always had a story to share.
Rob White
July 7, 2011
Dick was a great friend. He became the sound of spring and made Holman Stadium that much more special. One year we needed him to fill in for a VB Dodgers regular season game. It was simply amazing to hear him do a minor league game. I miss him, even though I have been gone from VB for 13 years.
Tom Simmons
July 6, 2011
A TRUE GENTLEMAN -ENJOYED HIS COMPANY AND HIS SPORT STORIES--AND OUR TIME TOGETHER ON THE GOLF COURSE--
ED CASHMAN
July 6, 2011
Whatever I may be professionally, I owe a great deal of it to Dick Crago. I learned lessons not only of our shared passion, broadcasting, but of life--partcularly, living it with both integrity and style. He was unique, remarkable, and irreplaceable. I was lucky to have know him, and to have worked for and with him. Best to Harriet and the entire famlly. I expect to see him again in the next world--"until which time, let's keep the sporting spirit," as he closed out WAXE Sportopics for all those many years.
July 6, 2011
Dick was so special to so many and will not only be missed but well remembered. Love, All the Carlsens
Pat Carlsen
July 6, 2011
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dana Binsbachar
July 6, 2011
Please accept our deepest sympathies, on behalf of the members of the Vero Beach Choral Society. Dick was such assets to the bass section, a staltwart supporter of the vocal arts; deeply loved by our members and the community at large. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days and months ahead.
Amy Cosner
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