OBITUARY

David Coleman Crawford

March 7, 1930September 12, 2018
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David Coleman Crawford, 88, in recent declining health, passed away September 12th, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn and his brother Dick. He is survived by his loving daughter Grace Minni and husband Frank, his sons Eugene and Richard and wife Carol and granddaughter Eugenia. David a native of Dixon, Illinois, in 1952 followed in the footsteps of his father David Crawford and graduated from Norwich University in Civil Engineering. He was commissioned a reserve Second Lieutenant in the Army and went to the University of Illinois for a Master of Science Engineering degree. Then he served as Captain in the Army Corps of Engineer.

David’s professional career began in New Orleans offshore exploration and production and grew to design and construction of offshore drilling rigs in Scotland, Singapore, and Brownsville, Texas. He became a senior executive of the Marathon Manufacturing Company based in Houston.

David became a Norwich University Trustee in 1979. His value to the university was recognized in 1982 with the Norwich University Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 1988 a new dormitory was named Crawford Hall in his and his father’s honor. Norwich University conferred upon David the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration.

Visitation will be at Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek On Friday, September 21st 2018 at 2:00 P.M.

The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to Norwich University www.norwich.edu/alumni and scroll to Give. Annotate in comment box “In Remembrance of David C Crawford”.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, September 21, 2018
REMEMBERING

David Coleman Crawford

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raymond bouchard

September 20, 2018

As an alumnus of Norwich University and fellow member of Norwich's "The Old Guard," I was saddened to hear of David's passing. It was an honor to have known David and his efforts to make Norwich University the special institution that it is today.

Carol Crawford

September 20, 2018

Dave,
I have so many great memories of you and the family I was fortunate enough to marry into. Your strong military background rang strong with mine and we seemed to see eye to eye on most things…especially politics! I didn’t mind the world stopping to listen to Rush every day as part of the daily routine when we visited you. I loved every minute of meeting you and Carolyn at the A & M race track racing the Porsches…I knew then, you were no ordinary, run of the mill, person! My favorite memory, if I had to pick one, was when we were visiting you in the valley and a hurricane was approaching. You were upstairs watching the weather forecast and made the decision that we were all going back to Houston. In a moment your military background kicked in and you came down the stairs, full bore, “We’re Evacuating, We’re Evacuating!” And, within the hour, we were on our way. It just gave me a glimpse of your military presence and I loved it! I will so miss you and all the great times we had together!
Thank you for being the best Father-in-law ever!
Love
Carol Crawford

Eugene Crawford

September 20, 2018

Dad,

Your integrity and honesty with everything in life is a tribute to how life is supposed to be. You were always quick with a joke or a story to make everyone laugh...to show us how enjoyable life could be. Thanks for teaching us that through hard work, the fruits of life can have such a wonderful meaning. You impacted the lives of many by having faith and belief in them . And, may us all never forget the blessings you imparted to all who knew you.

God Bless You
Eugene Crawford

Willie C. Stewart

September 19, 2018

Just saying how sorry I am to hear that your loved one passed away. May the God who is love (1John4:8) comfort and sustain each of you dear family members in this time of sorrow. Deep Sympathy.

Kathy Crawford-Cox

September 19, 2018

Uncle David,
I have great memories of your visits with Aunt Carolyn and your love for a beautiful Porsche! As the youngest in the family I was also lucky enough to join mom and dad on a couple Spring Break trips to Texas. You took me over the border to Mexico for the first time. Joe and I still laugh when we think about him taking a golf shot off your back porch in the Valley with a direct hit of a beautiful
flower pot that just shattered! We all laughed. I wish our families would have
been closer in distant yet the times we had together were memorable. May you find resting peace.
Much love,
Kathy Cox and family

Steve Crawford

September 18, 2018

Although we didn’t get to see each other often, you made a lasting impact in my life. You were a major reason why I chose my profession and became a Civil Engineer. Thank you for guiding me down this path.

I was so pleased that I was able to bring Dad down to Houston a couple of years before his passing. I really enjoyed the 2 of you reminiscing about your time growing up and especially your time spent together early on in your careers while living in New Orleans. The 2 of you told stories as if they happened the day before. It was great to be able to share a laugh with you and Dad.

May you rest in peace Uncle David.

Love,
Steve Crawford & Family

Grace Minni

September 18, 2018

Dad,
You were such a methodical and intelligent man. I had the honor of taking care of you for the past five years, and In doing so learned that there is no such thing as procrastination. Everything had to be in the right order and at the right time. These lessons will remain in my life forever. Thanks for allowing me to say silly things and make funny comments that made you laugh. May you RIP.
Love,
Grace

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