Robert "Bob" L. Crowell

November 28, 1945September 12, 2020

Carson City Mayor, attorney and Vietnam veteran Robert L. "Bob" Crowell died overnight. He was 74. Robert L. "Bob" Crowell was a native Nevadan, born in the mining town of Tonopah and raised in Carson City.

An attorney by profession, Bob was a Vietnam Veteran and retired Navy Captain.

Bob was elected Mayor of Carson City in 2008 and assumed his duties as Mayor on January 5, 2009. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Prior to being elected Mayor, Bob served 11 years on the Carson City School Board of Trustees.

Mayor Crowell and his wife Susan were married for 49 years and have four children, Brad, Caroline, David and Todd and two grandchildren.

Prior to being elected mayor, Bob served 11 years on Carson City School Board of Trustees. He twice served as School Board president.

Those who remember Crowell know him as a thoughtful and kind man with a calming, grandfatherly voice, who was dedicated through service to his community and his country.

In his capacity as Mayor, Bob served as Carson City’s representative on the Nevada Association of Counties Board of Directors and was that organization’s representative on Board of Indigent Defense Services created by 80th session of the Nevada Legislature and appointed by the Governor. Bob also served as the president of the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities.

He was a member of the Carson City Redevelopment Authority and chaired the Partnership Carson City Advisory Committee. He was the recipient of 2015 DeBoer Award for Distinguished Leadership by an Elected Official from the Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association for his role in Carson City's Downtown Urban Design Streetscape Project as well as the Robert Broadbent Distinguished Service Award from the Nevada Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

He was a recipient of the Participatory Democracy Award for 2018 from the Nevada Association of Counties, which is its highest award.

Bob was also a retired partner in the statewide law firm, Kaempfer Crowell, with offices in Carson City, Reno and Las Vegas. Prior to retirement, Bob's practice emphasized government relations including legislative affairs, administrative/regulatory matters, and ethics in government as well as election and initiative petition law.

He was chosen by fellow lobbyists to be included in the Nevada Lobbyist Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the State Bar of Nevada Presidential Award recognizing a member whose conduct, honesty and integrity represents the highest standards of the legal profession.

Active in his community, Bob served on the Board of Directors for the Carson Area Chamber of Commerce and was past president of that organization. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Northern Nevada Development Authority and was a past president of the Rotary Club of Carson City.

Active in the Silver State, Bob was past president of the State Bar of Nevada having served on its Board of Governors for seven years. He chaired the Nevada Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, which oversees Nevada’s continuing legal education program under the direction of the Supreme Court of Nevada.

He was a past member of the Board of Directors of the Nevada Legal Services organization. Bob also served as a member of the Colorado River Commission (a gubernatorial appointment) and twice held the position of Chairman of that agency. The Colorado River Commission is responsible for overseeing Nevada's allocation of water and power from the Colorado River. Bob had served as President of the Board of Indigent Defense Services, a newly created State agency overseeing the provision of indigent defense services in Nevada.

Bob was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America and a member of that organization’s local Chapter 388. He was honored to be selected to be part of the "first in the country" Honor Flight for Vietnam Veterans by Honor Flight Nevada, as well as a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion, Marine Corps League Auxiliary and Charter President of the Carson City Council of the Navy League. He was a graduate of the Naval War College short course on war.

Bob earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University in 1967 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1973. He was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1973. He was a member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and included in Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Government Relations and Energy Law for the past 25 years. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.


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Robert "Bob" L. Crowell

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Danielle Smith

September 14, 2020

Moving to the area from out of state a couple of years ago, I didn't know where to go to find out info about our area. Emailed City Hall and figured I would talk to a clerk. But no Mayor Bob emailed me back right away and welcomed us to Northern Nevada. He said if i needed anything or had any questions just to ask. He was supposed to marry us but he ended up having to be out of state that we were getting married. But he asked for pics etc. Such a kind man and so proud of his area. So sad of his passing. Condolences to the family.


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