OBITUARY

Jerry Loyd Crawford

May 18, 1953April 29, 2021
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Jerry Crawford, a dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather and businessman, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at the age of 67 following a courageous battle with cancer. Born May 18, 1953, in Miami, Oklahoma, Jerry was raised with a strong sense of values and faith that he carried throughout his life. Jerry attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and received NEO’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2017. Jerry was a member of Prestonwood Baptist Church, an accomplished business leader in the Dallas area, a board member of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, a skilled pilot, a proud sponsor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and OU football. As CEO & President of Jani-King International, Inc. until the time of his passing, Jerry led the company through decades of growth and success. His Jani-King career spanned 33 years, he owned multiple master franchise territories, loved the franchise business and treasured his Jani-King family. Jerry was also a respected board member of the International Franchise Association. In November of 2020, the IFA presented Jerry with the IFA Hall of Fame Award and the William Rosenberg Foundation Leadership Award, the two most prestigious honors presented by the IFA. Jerry will forever be remembered and loved by family and friends for his compassion, integrity and faith. We will all miss his smile and fellowship, and his gift of always offering the right words at the right time. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Crawford; parents, Loyd and Jeannie Crawford; six daughters, Kendyl Crawford, Courtney Kell and husband Levi, Caitlin Crawford, Kristin Morris and husband John, Shanda White, Traci Moilanen and husband Trek; sister, Nancy Crawford; brother, John Crawford and wife Tricia; mother-in-law, Evelyn Coyle; brothers-in-law, Rob Coyle and Steve Coyle; nieces, Katy Crawford, Mikayla Carlson and husband Blake; nephews, David Crawford and wife Abby, Matthew Crawford and wife Hannah, Matthew Coyle and wife Kimberly, Robbie Alvarez; and 11 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital online at stjude.org. Please check below the obituary for service details and information.

Jani-King Int’l. Inc. will be hosting a Come and Go Celebration of Life reception on Thursday, May 6, at the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West, 6007 Legacy Drive, Plano, Texas, 75024, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Family, friends and business associates are welcome.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Interment

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Come and Go Celebration of Life Reception

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Shelia Smith

May 11, 2021

Jerry’s family was part of our family’s life in Grove, OK. His dad baptized me, the Mount twins thought Brother Crawford was Jesus! We grew up with them. I was always so proud to know them. I remember when the elementary kids walked through the high school classrooms with our costumes on for Halloween. Jerry made a cow noise and I was so proud to tell my peers that I know him!
I pray for his family and world will not be the same without him in it. I pray for peace and comfort.

Zack Dunnam

May 6, 2021

Mr. Crawford hired me to my first professional position out of college. Through 5 years at Jani King International he was truly a role model for me to look up to. From a “Management Trainee” to an eventual Executive Director of multiple corporate regions Mr. Crawford had full confidence putting me in that role, even at a young age. He taught me so much both professionally and personally. Similar to my father, no one could deny the love he had for his friends and family and his rock-solid faith in God. You will be missed.

Dina Dwyer-Owens

May 6, 2021

Rest In Peace Jerry and may your family feel God’s loving arms wrapped around them.

Dina Dwyer-Owens

Mark & Laura Pennington

May 6, 2021

Aloha Jerry. We are so grateful that you were a part of our lives. Thank you for your leadership and friendship for all these years. You will never be forgotten.

I remember very fondly your trip to Hawaii to help us open our region. You rolled up your sleeves and literally worked day and night to help get us on track. We simply couldn’t have done it without you.

The highlight of this trip, though, was the surprise birthday dinner Mary planned for you. I remember you being a little disappointed that I asked you to join me on an evening sales call on your birthday. We were to meet with a potential client at a restaurant. It was all made up to get you unsuspecting to your party. You walked in and found a giant banner that Mary put up in the restaurant that read “Lordy, Lordy, look who’s Forty!” Then you turned toward me and flashed me your famous, infectious, irresistible smile.

We send our deepest love and condolences to the Crawford family.

Love,

Mark & Laura

Barney Heath

May 6, 2021


Jerry’s love for his beautiful family was always his top priority. Even when he was in the midst of important business transactions, he always had time to give Mary a call, or make sure his daughters were doing well.
Jerry loved to come on board M/Y Destiny and get comfortable in his “favorite chair in the world” and meet with clients, relax with his family, or most often, ask me about every member of my family by name. His ability to recall those details always amazed me and it made me feel so grateful to know him.

Jerry wore his success with grace and humility. He made sure that every single person around him was recognized for their efforts and contributions, no matter how small. People thrived under his leadership because he gave his support so generously.

The crew of M/Y Destiny will always remember the times we shared with Jerry and his family, and we will miss him dearly.

Dina Dwyer-Owens

May 5, 2021

Jerry was an inspiration to us. He was man of integrity and a friend in franchising that was always there for any one in need. We are grateful for all the wonderful dinners and time spent at IFA board meetings with Jerry and Mary, moments that we will treasure.
Mary, we are praying for you and your entire family. With lots of love, Dina and Mike

Michael Stan

May 5, 2021

To Mary and Jerry’s extended Family.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss.

Jerry and I crossed paths at Jani-King for close to twenty years. It was an exciting period of time for all of us in those days. We hatched plans, closed bars, learned a lot, and shared family news. My success was intertwined with Jerry’s success. He was the first, and only, person with whom I’d seal important deals using just a handshake. That was Jerry. After I left the Jani-King family in 2009, we talked occasionally and always respected each other’s place in life. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew Jerry, loved Jerry, and crossed paths with Jerry.

mike and Jodi Thompson

May 5, 2021

I first met Jerry at a Dallas Cowboy game in which him and his wife Mary invited me. I had the best time and found that Jerry was not a man that flaunted his success. He was a kind generous man that enjoyed making people happy. He was definitely a person to admire with his values and accomplishments. I wish I would have gotten the opportunity to know him better.

Tom Alexander

May 5, 2021

To all of Jerry’s wonderful girls: I met this very special man one day at Glendale Baptist Church and at that moment I just knew he was not only special but someone I had to get to know. I am so glad that I did. Space will not allow me to tell all that I did with Jerry and it would be hard to put into words what his friendship has meant to me. Jerry and I served together at Glendale Baptist and our pastor always said “Make friends with people that will make you better” Jerry’s greatest gift to me was to make me better. Thank you Jerry I love you so much.

James Amos

May 5, 2021

Jerry Crawford was a treasured friend and amazing human being . We worked together to further the cause of franchising for many years. Jerry’s integrity and heart drove his effort and I was and am honored to be called his friend and admirer . You are missed Jerry . God bless your entire family . I understand your pain Mary having lost my forever love Micki . God is good all the time . Much love, Dear.
Jim

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