Dominic Gardner Crawford
August 30, 1955 – February 28, 2021
Dominic Gardner Crawford passed away on February 28, 2021 at OHSU hospital in Portland, Oregon at age 65. He was born on August 30, 1955 at the USAF base in Furstenfeldbruk, Germany to Rexford (Rex) and Maryellen Crawford while Rex was serving in the US Air Force. Dominic was followed by brother David Crawford, also born in Germany. After the family moved back to Portland, Oregon brother Kevin Crawford and sister Ann Crawford were born.
Dominic attended St. Ann’s Catholic School for 1st through 3rd grade, then Lynch Terrace, then Centennial High School in Portland, Oregon. Dominic met his future wife and love of his life, Debra Asplund, while at Centennial High School and they graduated together in 1973. Dominic started working at Blitz Weinhard in 1972, and then took a leave from the Teamsters when he joined the US Air Force in 1975. He and Debra were married in May, 1976, and they moved to Sacramento, California where Dominic was stationed and they enjoyed ski trips, vacationing to the California coast and other cities around the state for dog shows with their beloved Irish Setter, Brandy. They bought and renovated their first home together in Rancho Cordova, and moved to Gresham, Oregon after Dominic’s service ended in 1979.
Dominic returned to working in the bottle shop at Blitz Weinhard, went to college on the GI bill to get his Associates Degree in Building Construction Technology at PCC Rock Creek and while Debra was working in banking and earning her degree, they remodeled their Gresham home, enjoyed ski trips, and being with family and friends. Dominic enjoyed deer and elk hunting with his family, skiing, and trips to the Oregon Coast where his parents grew up. Dominic and Debra raised two daughters, Jennifer and Rachel, and Dominic was a great father who participated and enjoyed all his daughter’s activities from dance recitals, Girl Scouts and cookie selling, volleyball games, and softball from T-ball to high school summer leagues. He enjoyed coaching the girls in softball and was a terrific, beloved coach and mentor to his daughters and other girls on his teams. His work ethic, kind and generous heart, and unselfish giver of his time wherever needed was his trademark to family and friends.
Dominic was an active remodeler and contractor and he and Debbie were involved in many home improvement projects over the years on their properties and doing work for other family and friends. They loved working together, building and making improvements to homes and Dominic started his construction and handyman business, Tanoak Properties to provide services to people. He always made friends of clients, other contractors and subcontractors in the process of doing his work, and could be depended on to finish a job the right way and do his best work. He always believed in leaving things better than he found them.
After the Blitz Weinhard plant closed, Dominic went to work for Roadway Express and got his CDL, then he retired from the Teamsters in 2004. Not one to remain idle, Dominic continued his remodeling and home project work. When a neighbor who was in a band called Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts asked Dominic to help them drive the band’s gear truck since he had his CDL, Dominic agreed and he became a roady and manager for the crew to set up and take down the equipment at all the band’s concerts. The Limbo family loved him and Dominic enjoyed the concerts and interaction with all the band members and fans.
Dominic and Debra found the property of their dreams on the Oregon coast and bought their Waldport beach house in 2011. After much renovation and improvements they turned the place into their dream home and retired there full time in 2015. They enjoyed the spectacular ocean views from their deck, gardening and playing bocce ball in the court Dominic built in the front yard, being together and going on walks in the neighborhood and on the beach, and loved the neighbors and friends they made living in the Sandpiper community. Their beach house was a retreat for friends and family from out of town and they enjoyed having guests. Their final project was to finish their family room with an elevator to age in place and then travel as Dominic and Debbie always wanted. Sadly, it was while he and Debra were working together demolishing their old deck that Dominic had his accident that would claim his life much too soon, and leave his beloved wife and daughters devastated.
Dominic was preceded in death by his parents Rex and Maryellen Crawford. He is survived by his wife Debra, his daughters: Jennifer Crawford of Milwaukie, and Rachel (Crawford) Lakin and her husband Jared Lakin of Portland; granddaughter Destyni Moler of Milwaukie; the “Grandpuppies” Lilly, Shinobi, and Abby, along with his dog Blaze who will all miss playing with Dominic; brothers David Crawford of Wyoming, Kevin Crawford of Gresham, and sister Ann Crawford of Gresham.
Service attendance is restricted due to COVID-19. Attendance to services by invitation only.
To see the services live please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR79FyYlEZQ on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM.
"The family has requested that the video presentation you will see during the service, not be duplicated, copied or posted to any Facebook, Instagram or other social media outlets. This is a very personal and private presentation that the family has put together to share with you to honor Dominic. Please respect their wishes to not share in any way, shape or form to others. Thank you all for honoring them in doing this."
In lieu of flowers, we ask that our friends and family donate to any of the following:
Resolute Motorcycle Club, https://resolutemc.org/ is the link to the drug free alcohol free motorcycle club our son in law Jared helped start.
Habitat for Humanity for Lincoln County
The Salvation Army
A memorial of Dominic’s life is planned for April 10th at Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes, more information to come.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Dominic Gardner Crawford
April 12, 2021
We were lucky enough to get to know Dominic about thirty years ago when our kids started school together and playing sports. He was a very good softball coach for the young kids because he made it fun while helping them play at a higher level of competition and success. Always remember when he brought Weinhard‘s root beer to a team function that was always a big hit with kids and the adults.
He also spent a lot of time working on the fields with a few of us and he was always there no matter how much lack of sleep he was dealing with during this crazy work schedule you’re very dedicated volunteer in this continuing on into high school age with him being a big part of helping the high school programs. It’s tons of fun and silly sports memories involving him.
In later years after he moved to the coast we enjoyed him staying with us when he was in our area for a Johnny limbo function. Gave us an opportunity to tell stories and relive a lot of the laughs that we had over all those years.
Dominic was certainly one of the most honest hard-working people ever met he was always there when you needed someone the matter how busy he was with his own stuff or tired. Just one of those comfortable friends that we have that no matter how long it been since you’ve seen him when he showed up things picked up where you left off the last time, like there’d been no time in between.
He will truly be missed
April 11, 2021
Debbie, Jennifer, Racheal and family- I have taken some time to process your loss. I was able to watch the service yesterday and wanted to extend my sincere thoughts about Dominic. I know you guys have heard this over and over, but Dominic truly was one of the nicest and kindest person I’ve met. We enjoyed our friendship with your family and missed running into Dominic when in the neighborhood. It was always as though we had just seen him. Dominic was always so considerate, asking about my family and sharing what his girls were up to. And alway had that “smile” that was so Dominic! A wonderful person! We will keep you in our prayers. John and Paula
April 11, 2021
Being an architect I get to be deeply involved in the dreams of my clients. Don and Debra are no exception and I am honored to have been part of the their shared dreams of living happy days at their Waldport oasis. I remember my first meeting with Don & Debra vividly as we sat around their dining room table and dug right into their vision of what we would do to their home.
What struck me was how kind and considerate Don was in that meeting. In the years that followed that first meeting, I learned that was who he was. Soft spoken, patient, and capable. A gentleman that led by example.
Rest in Peace my friend.
April 10, 2021
The memorial service was a fitting tribute to Dominic; loving husband, caring father, son, brother and friend to countless people. Thanks to Debbie, Jennifer and Rachel for sharing the warm memories of our friend. Though Dominic and I were not in contact much throughout our adult years, I count myself fortunate to know our friendship remained important. As kids and all through high school we spent more hours than one can imagine playing sports, skiing, listening to music, and just hanging out together doing what teenagers do. Next to the great honor of serving as best man at Debbie and Dominic’s wedding – marrying Debbie was the best decision he ever made – my favorite memory was a ski trip to Lake Tahoe with Dominic, Neil, Alan Leonard and myself. As "men of the world", having recently graduated from high school, we had a blast living the life of ski bums for a whole week! We shared a hotel room, ate at casino buffets every night, later playing the slots, looking for music at one of the venues and hoping for a free drink before heading back to the room to catch a few hours of sleep. We hit the slopes early every morning with energy from our breakfast of coffee and doughnuts. Moreover, as Neil mentioned, the quadraphonic sound from the 8-track player in Dominic’s car was phenomenal – at the time an audiophile’s dream. We shared some difficult times as parents though experiencing the gift of Dominic’s reassurance that he made it through the pain and found peace gave me comfort, and hope. In the years before my mother’s death in 2019 we talked on the phone and discussed getting together at the coast for a round of golf and a meal but alas, never did. I mourn the loss of a friend and regret missing out on the opportunity to spend time with him. Debbie, Jennifer and Rachel, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May memories of Dominic’s life and your part in it, bring peace.
April 10, 2021
I watched the service today, what a wonderful tribute to Dom. I was trying to remember how long I have known him it was either 3 th or 4 th grade at Lynch Terrace go Falcons! We played sports together and were in Cub Scouts. So sad that the last time I saw both you of was at Buff’s service. I remember that you invited me for a visit to Walport. God be your comfort and strength for the living of your days ahead.
Grace and peace,
The Rev. Dr. Steve Nesheim.
April 10, 2021
Even though I only saw him once a year for a few days ( Twice if I was lucky ) Dominic was always a joy to be around. He loved to share his love for his family and of course the house projects.
We had some wonderful times. He will be greatly missed by all !
April 10, 2021
I got to know Dominic when he was coaching softball and my daughter was part of his team.
He was always proud of his girls playing and treated them as if they were his own daughter.
We kept in touch once in awhile throughout the years as his construction business took off.
He will truly be missed.
Our prayers go out to Debbie, Rachael & Jennifer.
April 10, 2021
I’m feel very fortunate to have met Dominic and call him family. He was one of the nicest and caring people I’ve known. Every time I saw him, he always had a smile on his face and kind words to share. He loved his family and his life. He was a skilled handyman and a natural athlete. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences to Debbie, Jennifer and Rachel.
April 9, 2021
I knew Dominic through Debra, who was a colleague of mine at the Port of Portland. He built a tool shed and dog run for me that is built to a higher standard than my house! He also did some work to repair some damaged flooring in my house, again to a very high quality and very reasonable price. His work reflected his character: ethical, respectful, meticulous, warm and friendly, always done well. I was always hoping to see Debra and Dominic in Waldport one day, but it was not to be. Dominic will always be missed and my wife, Hing, and I will never forget him.
April 9, 2021
We are so very saddened at your profound loss. Dominic ALWAYS had a smile and a kindness to him every time we interacted with him and YOU! He was a much loved Sandpiper leader. He will be remembered by all who knew him. Beelee and Norm
Ro and Ernie Vinson
April 8, 2021
Dominic was one of the good guys. He was the nicest person you would ever want to meet. He was always smiling and seeing the best in any given situation. His love for his family and friends showed in his actions. He was always working alongside Debra in their home and yard after their retirement. He was always there for a neighbor in need. He was greatly loved, admired and he will be greatly missed.
April 8, 2021
From the moment I heard of Dominic and his accident I have been at a loss for words. His absence will be huge to many. I feel lucky to have been friends with him for a small portion of his life. His honesty, caring, humor, and straight forward sensibility would tell you when to get on with life as needed. I will miss him dearly and have been happy to share time with him and his lovely wife. I share a photo of one last visit Justine and I shared with Dominic and Debbie at their beautiful beach home last August. They welcomed us with open arms. May he live in heavenly love, now in peace. My love to the family. ❤Deedee
April 7, 2021
Debbie, I've known you and since grade school. I remember when you and Dom were dating in high school and then married. I have no words! You lost the love of your life! I'm so sorry...
March 20, 2021
As a small child and grade schooler, Dom was apart of the neighborhood activities: outside softball, basketball, kick the can after dark, sledding down the snow covered hill outside our houses, inside: card, board games, watching TV on the beds in the boys room.
After school a bouncing basketball might be considered an invitation to play. He took leadership as the oldest Crawford sibling attempting to be the voice of reason during our sometimes heated disagreements.
He loved life, gathers and good conversation with mild upturns of his teasing smile.
I surprised me at time when I would visit and he was baking delicious cookies or helping his mom cook the family meal.
He knew who he was. He lived and loved other well.
March 19, 2021
Dominic & Debra I've always been one of my favorite couples. I've enjoyed hearing about their kids, Adventures and the remodeling of their home at the coast. Dominic was very talented and an amazing guy.
There are no words...
My heart goes out to his family he was taken too soon.
March 8, 2021
March 8, 2021
I met Dominic when he worked for Centennial School District,
I was immediatley drawn to his easy going attitude and kind heart.
he was an important part of the transportation department while he worked for us and was liked by all.
we were all sad when he moved on to other ventures in his life but i would occasionally see him at the Johnny Limbo events.
it was always a warm welcome from him.
i am so sad to hear his life was cut short by such an unfortunate accident, he will be missed by EVERYONE who knew him.
March 7, 2021
I went to high school with both debbie and Dominic. He was always so nice so is debbie. Theres was always something to laugh about.I'm SOOOOOOOOOO sorry Debbie I will be keeping you and your BEAUTIFUL family in my prayers. 😪
March 6, 2021
I've been wanting to reach out since I heard about the accident. But I never knew the words to say to offer hope and comfort. I didnt get to know uncle Dominic well but the few times I visited with him and Aunt Debbie I felt the genuine love and kindness of who they are. They sent us a beautiful card when we adopted our youngest and it was filled with the most loving words of blessings, hope, and the wonders of tomorrow. This is a reflection of what beautiful souls they both have. I just hope Aunt Debbie you will find some comfort and peace as you face each tomorrow. Our whole family has you both in our hearts and prayers. Lots of love to you. -Tonya