Oct 182013

Arizona native, business icon and family patriarch Bud Crawley (“aka” Bud 1, Dad and Papa Bear) took his final road trip to Heaven on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. He was remembered in a service held Oct. 16 at Grace Community Church in Tempe.
Bud was more than a great man, he was a force. His passing leaves us all stunned and wishing for just one more of his quotes, wisdoms and, yes, his jokes.
His journey began on Oct. 21, 1935, in Phoenix. Born into the Crawley Clan, he was a fourth generation Arizonan. His parents Evie and JD Crawley left for Winslow when his was still a small boy. Rah, rah for Winslow! Bud was a talented athlete at Winslow High, and athletics could have been a calling, but his wanderlust led him to work the railroad, where he toured the U.S. by rail.
Always on the move he started his next passion, teaching. Bud worked straight through to his master’s degree in history and secondary education at Arizona Teachers College, now Northern Arizona University. Oh, and by the way, he was raising two little ones and working a full-time job. No one remembers if he ever did just one job or career at a time. There was a moment when he taught in California. Maybe there was a movie offer pending, but Arizona was calling him home.
Back in Flagstaff, Bud began his business career. The Crawley Brothers were a dynamic duo, starting with their first partnership, the American Oil Company. The real estate business turned out to be Bud Crawley’s touchstone. Along with his brother Jerry, they formed Crawley Brothers Real Estate. Bud had another brilliant idea to combine his love for teaching and real estate. He returned to the desert as a broker instructor, and Bud Crawley School of Real Estate was born.
And there was Cholla Bay, Mexico. This was siesta. This was manana. This was that place of retreat.
Bud says goodbye to his beloved wife Kay; children Deidre (Jim Haslett), Keith, Kirsten, Jason (Missy), Torri Kinney and Toby Smets (Carolyn); grandchildren Tulasi, Logan (Colin), Chelsea (Micheal), Tyler (Amanda), Jesse, Kaden, Austin and Anthony; great-grandchildren Keely, Priya, Veda, Vraja and Riley; his Crawley Clan; and all his friends who are counted as family, too. There is one more important family member, Bud’s puppy Bailey.
The heavenly welcoming committee includes his parents JD, Evie, Alice, John and Claire, his brother Jerry, more of that Crawley Clan, and a friend or two, as well.
Norvel Owens Mortuary of Flagstaff was in charge of the arrangements.Bud Crawley Obit