Michael David Crawford

February 24, 1964March 24, 2019

Michael David Crawford, age 55, died March 24, 2019, in Vancouver, WA. He was born in Spokane, WA, February 24, 1964, at the Deaconess Hospital to Patricia (Speelmon) and Charles Russell (Russ) Crawford. He joined his older sister Bonnie Jean.

As his father was in the US Navy the family lived in various towns in California, including San Diego, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Concord and Nevada City and also in Formia, Italy, where his father was stationed on the USS Springfield, the US Navy’s 6th fleet flagship, which was anchored off Gaeta. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout. He attended schools in Nevada City, CA, Gaeta, Italy, Concord, Calif., Moscow, ID and graduated from Armijo High School, Fairfield, CA, June 1982 where he was a student leader and honor student. While in high school he was active in drama department of both Armijo and Fairfield High Schools as an actor and the designer/builder of sets. He attended the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, and graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physics. His senior year at UCSC he spent several weeks doing his senior thesis at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Most of his professional life he was employed in the computer industry mainly with firms in Santa Cruz and the Silicon Valley. At times he was self employed as a computer programmer and software engineer.

He was preceded in death by his father, maternal grandparents Florence Stevens Speelmon Swope, E. Rex Speelmon, MD and his step grandfather Howard Swope; and his paternal grandparents Mabel (Gilstrap) Crawford and Herbert Charles Crawford.

He is survived by his mother Patricia, Spokane, his sister and brother-in-law Jean and Stan (Scotty) Evans, Moscow, ID, his maternal aunt Peggy Speelmon, Spokane, paternal uncle Ben (Julie) Crawford, Santa Barbara, CA and several Crawford cousins in Arizona and California, and his precious cat Lyra.

He is interred at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane next to his maternal grandparents.

Memorials may be made to the Spokane Symphony Associates P.O. Box 365, Spokane, WA 99210 or SCRAPS 6815 E. Trent, Spokane Valley. WA 99212


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Beth-ann Stempien

April 11, 2019

I got to know Mike over the course of the last three years while working as a waitress at a diner he frequented. He immediately struck me as a gentle and brilliant soul, and what I came to learn about him, and from him, through our interactions served to support that impression. I can only imagine he brought the same light to the lives of everyone he touched. He will be missed.

Claire Cepeda Kelley

April 8, 2019

Thank you Michael for your kindness back at Armijo High and during these past months of our recent contacts. You have always had a brilliant insightful mind. You have taught me a lot. I especially have been moved by your compassion for others. R IP my friend. Love, Claire.

Thomas Leavitt

April 5, 2019

Mike convinced me to join him on a trip to Burning Man in 1995. The result was an indelible memory, one of the best experiences of my life. I'll be forever appreciative of that. The world has lost a brilliant coder, a top notch writer, and a kind and selfless soul. The light of the world dimmed a little when he passed on.

Norman King

April 4, 2019

Rest in peace Mike, you earned it. You taught me a lot in life over the Internet. I am sad for your passing.

United Fools

April 3, 2019

Rest in Peace, the Smart One. Thanks for all your writings and sharing. You will be missed.

Orion Blastar

April 3, 2019

Thanks for your writings and words of advice. My condolences to your family.

Patricia Deeley

April 3, 2019

You are so missed.

sue ye

April 3, 2019

It is my luck to have known Mike and benefitted from his numerous writings on K5. Rest In Peace and may all of your good deeds everlasting in people's memory. -

Brandt Pettersen

April 3, 2019

You were a Great Friend and Wonderful Person. Rest in Peace My Friend.

Edward Lockhart

April 3, 2019

You will be missed. You were a great friend and classmate. Rest in Peace.....