MISSION – John E. Crawford, 73, passed away on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at McAllen Medical Center.
Mr. Crawford graduated from Dunbar High School in Dunbar, W.V. in 1959. He attended West Virginia State College and The Dale Carnegie Institute to pursue a degree in sales management. He joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War while stationed on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) with Fighter Squadron 74, the Be-Devilers. After completing his service, he worked as a branch manager for Will Scientific Inc. in Charleston, W.V., formed Jemco Inc. in Lexington, Ky. and became a health physics technician. He retired in 2013 after 38 years.
He was a member American Legion Post 93, Mason in Lodge No. 228 and the Veteran of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Mary L. Crawford; children, Lisa Crawford and Julie Crawford of Cross Lanes, W.V., Katie Christian of Cotuit, Mass., James Pierce of Cranston, R.I., Russell Pierce Taunton, Mass. and Adam Pierce of Falmouth, Mass.; and 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Crawford and Julia Sirk.
A memorial service was held on Nov. 24 at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Burial followed at the Veterans Cemetery in Mission.
Memorial donations may be sent to Palm Valley Animal Center, 2501 W. Trenton Rd., Edinburg, TX 78539.