Frank William Crawford 1926 – 2015

Frank William Crawford passed peacefully on June 29th at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle at the young age of 89.

Frank was born March 7th 1926 in Watertown, Minnesota to William and Agnes Crawford. He lived and worked on the family farm in Montrose until graduation from high school when he enlisted and served proudly in the United States Army

After discharge, Frank moved to Seattle where he knew the William Burke family from Minnesota where they had neighboring farms and became lifelong friends.

On July 17th, 1948 Frank married Peg Burke and they started their family. Frank’s first job in Seattle was at Seattle Iron Works. From there he became a Seattle Transit driver for 10 years and then became a delivery driver for Frederick & Nelson. In 1962 became a Driver-Salesman for Van’s P X and was soon promoted to Plant Manager. Frank loved working at the P X (usually working six days a week) and grew very fond of his co-workers.

Frank was very generous with his time..mowing elderly neighbor’s lawns, helping people move and taking them shopping or to appointments. He was also the first to volunteer at his beloved West Seattle Eagles.

Frank is survived by his daughters Colleen Powers (John), Kathleen Sackett (Doug) and sons Bill (Kathy), Jim (Freddie), grandchildren Dan, Gary and Kristin Powers, Keith Campbell, Emily Myers, Elizabeth Crawford, Nikolas Crawford, great-grandchildren Lauren, Daniel, Jordan and Dylan Powers, Alyssa Powers, Nolan and Rylee Vanbuskirk, Jonathan Myers, sister Marie Timpe and stepson Don Panton.

Frank is preceeded in death by his parents and brothers Lawrence, Donald and Durand.

The family would like to send a heartfelt Thank You to all of the Virginia Mason staff but especially the 9th floor staff for keeping Dad as comfortable as possible during his last month. We are extremely grateful to Colleen and John for opening their home to Dad the last 4 years.

The family will have a final “Toast To Frank” on Sunday July 19th, 3:00 PM at the West Seattle Eagles, 4426 California Ave SW.

Published in The Seattle Times on July 12, 2015

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