Keith Crawford, 90, of Channing, died Thursday, September 5, 2019.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Channing United Methodist Church, in Channing, TX, with Ron Mathews officiating. Burial will be in Channing Cemetery. Military rites are provided by American Legion Post 224 of Dumas, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Keith was born Oct. 10,1928 in Amarillo, TX. He was raised on the Crawford family farm and ranch just West of Channing. Keith was a graduate of Channing High School and West Texas State College. While attending college he was a member of the Freshman Basketball team and rodeo team. Keith placed second in the 1948 Collegiate National Finals in the Saddle Bronc event. He attributed his skill at riding rank horses to time spent working as cowboy on the Matador Ranch as a teenager during World War II.
He married Ida Mae Brown on March 18, 1952 and soon left for military service after being drafted into the U.S. Army. Crawford served in the 25th Infantry Division and spent 18 months deployed in Korea during the Korean War. There he participated in three major battle campaigns, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant and was honored by accompanying Texas Governor Allen Shivers in a parade held in San Francisco, CA upon returning to the U.S.
Following his military service Keith completed his Masters of Education at West Texas College. From there Mr. Crawford was involved in teaching and coaching at various levels for schools such as: Stinnett, Boys Ranch, Dumas, and Channing. He also served as Superintendent of Schools at Hartley.
Along with his duties in education, Keith operated his farm and ranch. Always a hard worker he was just as comfortable feeding a bale of hay in a cold North wind as sitting at home by a warm fire.
Keith enjoyed attending local sporting events and handicapping the horse races. He was a genuinely kind person and never complained about any hardships he endured except giving up his driving privileges.
For most of the last ten years Keith resided at Loreto of The Plains Personal Care Home. He and his family were grateful for all of the efforts put forward by Ed and Nan Weber and Father Ron Matthews as well as the staff at Loreto. A big thanks also to anyone that encountered Keith during his time at Loreto be they an EMT, nurse, therapist, physician, or simply a friend taking him to church or stopping by for a visit.
Keith was preceded in death by his father George Crawford, mother Minnie Baker-Crawford, brother Alvin and sister Louise as well as his wife of 54 years Ida Mae.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Eric Crawford, daughter-in-law Kim Crawford, and two granddaughters; Mia and Stella Crawford all of Amarillo.