JosephA.Crawford, 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Arnold, Calif., on Feb. 3, 2014, following an extended illness. Joe is survived by his wife of 24 years, Marcy Crawford. Joe and Marcy were long-time residents of La Canada-Flintridge.
Born in Delavan, Illinois on June 13, 1928, to Marie and Lawrence, Joe graduated from Libertyville High School and attended the University of Illinois. In 1949 he met his future wife, Marian, on the train on the way to California. He settled in the San Francisco area and attended UC Berkeley before entering the commercial insurance business. He and Marian wed in 1949, settled in San Carlos and had two sons, Joseph and Timothy. They moved to La Canada-Flintridge in 1968.
Joe volunteered as a diving coach for his sons, was active in the Paradise Valley Homeowner’s association, an avid golfer and bowler in neighborhood leagues, and a member of the Glendale Elks Lodge later in life. He and Marian loved to entertained at their Ocean View Blvd. home. In 1987 Marian passed away suddenly. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Dorr.
Joe married long-time friend Marcy Gallagher on Sept. 23, 1989 in Glendale. He retired as a Vice President from Oland International, a commercial insurance brokerage, in 1995.
Joe and Marcy built a second home in Arnold, a small town in the Sierra Nevada. They split their time between their Tujunga condo and Arnold before retiring there full-time in 2007. In Arnold, Joe was active in the Moose Lodge, SIRS and volunteered as a docent at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
Joe is survived by his wife, Marcy, his sons Joe and Tim (Rosel), his granddaughters Alex and Max, of La Crescenta, and his sister Martha Owens (Ron) of Arkansas. Joe is also survived by his stepchildren Carol Kramer (Bob), Jim Gallagher (Paula), and Dan Gallagher (Dawn), and his step-grandchildren Donny (Theresa), Jason, Sara, Tanya and Tanner Gallagher, Christopher Kramer, and step-great grandchildren, Lucas and Muri Gallagher, as well as extended family and many friends. A Celebration of Life in Arnold is pending.