April 30, 1941 – Aug. 12, 2016
On August 12, 2016, Gary Andrew Crawford left the arms of Evelyn Carroll Crawford, his loving wife, and went straight into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ.
He was born April 30, 1941 to Helen and Raymond Crawford of Renton, Washington. In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll W. Fisher of Iron Gate, Virginia and a nephew, Christopher Herring.
Gary proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War where he attained the rank of SP4/E4. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a proud citizen and patriot.
After moving from Monroe, Washington where they farmed together for 15 years, Gary and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Canada and began a ranching operation. For thirty years they resided in Bridge Lake, B.C. and, for the last six years, split their time between Bridge Lake, B.C. and Lake Havasu City, AZ.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Evelyn Carroll (Fisher) Crawford, his traveling companion and partner in numerous adventures and all aspects of life, his faithful Border Collie, Coot, brother, Rodney and wife Betsey Crawford of LaConner, Washington, brother-in-law, Joseph W. Fisher and wife Elizabeth of Spokane, Washington, and a number of adoring nieces and nephews including Joanne (Crawford) and David Wolf of San Juan Island ,Washington, Andy and Jutta Crawford of LaConner, Washington, Vicki Crawford of LaConner, Washington, Lethia Carroll (Fisher) and Ross Hammond of Eagle Rock, Virginia, Joseph W. Fisher, II of Eagle Rock, Virginia, Chris and Melissa Fisher of Clifton Forge, Virginia, Catherine Fisher of Warrenton, Oregon, and Joseph and Stephanie Herring of Richmond, Virginia. He is also survived by two special cousins whom he loved like his own children, Tim and Rob Crawford, and a special sister-in-law, Rose N. Fisher.
In addition to numerous great nieces and nephews who loved and admired their Uncle Gary, he is survived by a special friend of the family, Vicky Granberg of Bridge Lake, B.C.
Gary was a man of many talents and interests. Through the course of his life, he became a pilot, electrician, truck driver, farmer, and rancher. He and Evelyn started numerous businesses including landscaping, farming equipment renovation and sales, rental property acquisition and renovation, and free range beef sales. He was a tremendously hard worker who was generous with his time, talents, and money. He could back a semi-truck and trailer into spaces so confined that one could not open the doors of the cab. He invited his mother-in-law, Josephine Fisher, to join him on his tractor-trailer routes, and they spent many enjoyable hours driving across the country.
He was kind to everyone he met and often went out of his way to help people. He welcomed family, friends, and neighbours into his home, often for extended visits. Gary loved an adventure and often included his nieces and nephews in his escapades including flying in his plane, riding steers, horseback riding, and detonating dynamite.
In addition to people, Gary loved animals and often took in strays (whether they were the two or four-legged variety). Over the years he had a number of special companion animals including Coot, his Border Collie, and his Blue Heelers, Sheela and Rufus. Gary enjoyed visiting with family and friends, caring for his pets, problem solving, marksmanship, and a good meal.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held Oct. 2, 2016 at 2 p.m., at the Interlakes Hall in Bridge Lake, B.C.
The best way to honor Gary’s life is to follow his example and treat others with kindness by extending a helping hand to those in need.