Edward T. Crawley passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023 ---three weeks shy of his 100th Birthday! Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Jean, of seventy years; and his son Daniel Edward in July of last year. He is survived by his daughter Joyce and partner Fred; and daughter-in-law Celine. Also survived by four wonderful grandchildren, Kristin and partner Doug, Lindsay and husband Nick, Joshua and wife Clarissa and Cecelia (CJ). Ed was blessed with two great- grandchildren, who brought so much love and joy to his life, Scotlyn and Zachary Daniel.
Ed was born Wednesday, October 3, 1923 in Laramie, Wyoming to Mae and Edward Crawley. Shortly after, they soon moved to Colorado and settled at their grandparents' ranch in a small, valley town of La Veta, Co. Ed grew up with two older sisters, Iris and Maxine and one younger brother Charles (Chas). Ed was a huge asset to his parents taking on responsibilities of running a ranch and attending school, especially when his dad died suddenly when Ed was only seventeen. At nineteen, he enlisted in the Army Airforce and was a WWII Veteran serving in Africa. After his duty, he returned to Denver where he met Shirley in 1945. They married in 1948 and had Joyce and Dan.
In 1962 the family moved to Albuquerque, NM where Ed became a business owner. This had always been a lifelong dream of his. He bought Johnny's Market and 1973 and then purchased Fair and Square Food Store which served the community for 42 years. He was an inspiration to many especially his Employees. Ed and Shirley retired in 1995 and Joyce and Dan continued the operation until its closing in September 2016. Ed was an honest and respectable business owner who proudly served his customers. In their retirement, Ed and Shirley enjoyed traveling and exploring new places with good friends.
The family would like to recognize his caregiver, Barbara. She worked tirelessly to make him comfortable and at peace. We appreciate everything you did for him!!
Thursday, September 21, 2023
12:30 - 1:30pm (Mountain time)
Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery