Lt. Clay Crabb

October 17, 1970October 16, 2013
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Lt. Clay Douglas Crabb, 42, a resident of Dripping Springs, Texas, joined his Lord & savior on October 16, 2013.

Clay was born in Vermillion, South Dakota on October 17, 1970, the son of Douglas Crabb and Connie Hubert Crabb. Clay and his two younger siblings grew up in Harlingen, Texas. Clay graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1993. He is a 19-year veteran of law enforcement working four years with the City of San Angelo Police Department, and the past 15 years with the Austin Police Department. Clay joined the Austin Police Department in July 1998 and was recently promoted serving as Operations Lieutenant. His sudden passing has affected many in his community and among his first responder family.

Clay married the love of his life, Anne Marburger Crabb, on February 15, 2003. Together they have three beautiful children, Harrison (9), Megan (7) and Ronin (4).

Clay was a devoted family man who always put his family first. He was an active member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Austin. Clay loved being a police officer and serving others. He was well respected among his fellow officers as that was his second family. Clay enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, being outdoors, and practical jokes. You could always count on Clay to be prepared and ready as he was always there for those that needed him. His unique sense of humor & sharp wit will be missed greatly.

Clay is survived by his wife, Anne Marburger Crabb and their three children, Harrison, Megan, and Ronin of Dripping Springs, TX; his father, Douglas Crabb of Mason, TX; his sister, Hollie Osbourn and her husband Conard of Round Rock, TX; his brother, Dr. Benjamin Crabb and his wife Andrea of El Paso, TX; his paternal grandmother, Wilma Crabb of Kingsley, IA; his maternal grandmother, Agatha (Rosalie) Hubert of Vermillion, SD; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Barbara Marburger of Austin, TX; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Judy Marburger of San Antonio, TX. In addition, Clay has many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and of course, his beloved APD family.

Clay is preceded in death by his mother, Connie Hubert Crabb; his paternal grandfather, Cecil Crabb; and his maternal grandfather, Laurence Hubert.

Visitation will be from 6 pm until 8 pm, Sunday, October 20th, at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin.

Funeral services will be 10 am, Monday, October 21st, at Bannockburn Baptist Church, 7100 Brodie Lane, Austin. Interment with full police honors will follow at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Cemetery on William Cannon Drive. . The Crabb family appreciates your love, support and prayers.

Remembrances can be shared with Lt. Crabb’s family at


  • Visitation Sunday, October 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 21, 2013

Lt. Clay Crabb

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October 22, 2013

Speaking for myself and my wife, Irma who is also a police officer, we both knew Clay while he was here in San Angelo. We both had the opportunity to work with him and enjoy him for a short while. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you and with Clays entire family. May the Lord Bless you and Keep you in his loving arms always.
Sgt. John E. Rodriguez, San Angelo Police Department

Beverly Cain

October 22, 2013

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

Beverly Cain

October 22, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss of Clay. I ran across a poem that, I believe clay would want you to have.

Shannon and Paul Sherrill

October 22, 2013

Anne, our son Carter played soccer with Harrison at DSYSA. We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Donna Merchant

October 21, 2013

May your memories together bring you comfort & peace.

Verna Lee Carr

October 21, 2013

On behalf of People Against Violent Crime (PAVC) I would like to express our sincere condolences to Lt. Crabb's entire family, friends and the Austin Police Department with your sudden loss of such a beloved man.

Thy “Will of God” will never take you where the “Grace of God' will not protect you.

Verna Lee Carr

Alice Guckian Queen

October 21, 2013

My prayers are with your family at the loss of your husband and children @ the other family members. May God Watch over you. Alice Guckian Queen @ family @ Fentress , Tx. 78622

Mary Larson Brown

October 21, 2013

Dear Anne,
I was very moved by the service today for Clay. I think the amount of support you have is extremely strong. I was blown away by the number of police force there to support you. I would have liked to give you a hug but I know you are strong. Your family is beautiful and I think about you and your little ones often. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Marie weaver

October 21, 2013

To the family of Lt. Crabb, I am so sorry for your lost. In your time of mourning, may you find comfort and peace in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Marie Weaver, Kyle Texas

Elena Novak

October 21, 2013

My heart goes out to Mrs. Crabb and the three children who have lost their daddy last week. I can only imagine the darkness you must feel at this time. Please know that I keep you all in my heart and that I send healing wishes to the Crabb family. May Clay Crabb rest in peace. I wish I could do more, so much more to support you through this tragic time. May universe give you strength to heal and to pick up the pieces. Sending love from our family to yours.