William “Bill” Crow, 91, passed away on March 21, 2019, at Western Slope Health Center in Placerville. He died from complications from a fall. Born in Cloverdale, CA, on July 23, 1927, he was the only child of Leroy Vernon “Jack” and Dicy Hurt Crow.
Bill married his high school sweetheart, Marcella Silva, on April 20, 1947, and they were married for 63 years. She preceded him in death on January 20, 2011. Bill was a longtime Placerville resident with exception of living in Riverside and Vallejo, CA, for a couple of tours in the Air Force. He and Marcella shared many adventures and travels together and often landed in areas with warm, sandy beaches and ocean breezes. He was the proud father of Candy Carruth (Otto), Susie Crow, Kathie Maxey (John) and Christy Hunt (Charles). He was grandfather to Vanessa, Andrew, Kelly, Madison and Mason. He was great-grandfather to Paige, Julia, Vincent and Taylor and he also had several nieces and nephews.
Bill served in the Air Force for 3 years beginning in 1945 and was then recalled for the Korea conflict in 1950. He was fortunate enough to serve stateside as a communications specialist.
Bill’s working years included time spent in the yard at Placerville Lumber in the 1940’s; Lutz Motors Sales as a station attendant; Sierra Motors as a front man; US Post Office as a mail carrier for 5 years; Placerville Branch Manager at Mother Lode Bank; managing partner at Vaught, Wright, Bond Insurance which he retired from in 1987.
He was a charter member in the local Kiwanis Club; a member of the Placerville Rotary Club serving as President in 1989, receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition in 1992; charter member of the Sacramento Jazz Club and a charter member of the Cold Springs Golf and Country Club.
Always a lover of sports, he was a diehard 49ers fan, Sacramento Kings and San Francisco Giants fan. Over the years, he played fast pitch baseball, coed lobe ball and basketball in the local leagues.
Probably he is best known for his love of Dixieland music. He played trumpet, flugelhorn and cornet. He was a natural from an early age as his dad played piano, violin, saxophone and drums and traveled for 50 years throughout the US as a honky-tonk piano player. His mother played banjo. Bill first played for the Frank Dames Dance Orchestra at age 13 and played for 6 hours for $6 and was sure he’d hit the big time! In the 1950’s, his band was “Bill Crow and The Bearcats” and his group played for dances at the Timberline Hall in Camino. Other groups he played for were Hangtown Jazz Company, Good Time Levy Stompers, JM Jazz Band and the Beez Neez. The Hangtown Jazz Company and Beez Neez have several recorded CD’s and records to their credit. He was proud to have played 28 consecutive years in the famous Sacramento Jazz Festival & Jubilees. He and Marcella would reserve the same hotel room year after year and family and friends would join them there for years. He continued to play with several groups plus the Sacramento Jazz Club well through his 80’s.
Please remember Bill in your own way, preferably with good Dixieland music in the background. There will be no services at Bill’s request.
Please send any remembrances to Snowline Hospice, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619.