Keith Crawford

Keith Crawford
Keith Crawford

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.


6 Replies to “Keith Crawford”

  1. Thanks to all that have commented here on my Dad’s passing. He will be missed but I am comforted by the kind words. Thanks

  2. Condolences and Blessungs go out to the Crawford family in the time of their loss . I enjoyed being associated with Keith in more ways than one .

  3. My condolences to the family.

    I have fond memories of your Dad, as one of my teachers at Morningside Elementary School (Dumas) SO many years ago. Thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends.

  4. Eric, my sincere condolences on the passing of your dad, Keith! His contributions and influences on the Channing community and the Cain family are immeasurable-as were Ida Mae’s! May you be comforted at his passing. Blessings, David Cain

  5. Keith Crawford was a good man who knew his horses and epitomized the vintage Texas Panhandle rancher. He will be missed.

    Jeff Chesnut and Family.

  6. Dr. Crawford, we are so sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ben & Debbie Davis

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