John B. Crawford, 83, of Buhl, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the Twin Falls Care Center.
John was born March 10, 1929 in Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada to Fred Crawford and Lillian McGrath Crawford. At age two, John moved from Spirit Lake, Idaho to New Plymouth, Idaho with his parents and older sister, Marie. John attended grade school and high school in New Plymouth, graduating in 1947. After high school, he enlisted in the US Naval Reserves, serving for one year. He then enlisted in the US Army, serving from June, 1948 to May, 1952. He served in Korea from July, 1950 to October, 1951, receiving the Bronze Star medal for Meritorious Service.
While serving at Fort Campbell he met the love of his life, Anna Ruth Scott and they were married in Nashville, Tennessee, August 22, 1952. John entered pharmacy school at Idaho State College in September, 1952 and graduated in June, 1956. John and Ruth moved to Buhl in July of 1955 and John worked for Sav-Mor Drug as a pharmacist. In April, 1964, John and Ralph Smith went into partnership and purchased Sav-Mor from E.L. Drake of Nampa, Idaho. John and Ralph had a successful business which they sold to Kent Alexander and Dick Fuchs in April, 1994.
John was very active in the Buhl community, serving as President of the Buhl Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, W.E.M.A. and of the Magichords. John received the A.H. Robins Bowl of Hygeia, a national award for pharmacists for community service in 1987. John sang with the Magichords for 40 years and with the quartet, "The Common-Taters" for 33 years.
John and Ruth were members of the Clear Lakes Country Club and shared the wonderful hobby of golf together.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Marie Simpson.
He is survived by his wife Ruth of almost 60 years; his children, Jim (Coleen Dierken) Crawford of Buhl, Connie (John) Christofferson of Boise, Nick (Shannon) Crawford of Boise, Brian (Erika) Crawford of Manheim, Germany, Mary (Harold) Wardell of Salt Lake City, Ut., Stacie (Chad) Shouse of Pocatello; grandchildren, Kody Bloom, Alison (Mike) Vanderpool, John Michael Christofferson, Jill (James) Litchfield, Jake Crawford, Scott Crawford, Sam Crawford, Matthew Crawford, Whitney Greener, Blake (Randall) Crawford, Lance Crawford, Alex Wardell, Meggie Wardell, Adrienne Sula, Paige Shouse and Sydnee Shouse; great-grandchildren, Ashtyn Vanderpool and Haden Crawford; niece, Shannon Wilson of Spokane; nephews, Jack Simpson of Portland and Dan Simpson of California.
John always considered the three events that made his life complete, were, meeting his wife Ruth in Tennessee, moving to Buhl and doing business in a lively city that Buhl was in those days and having a wonderful family including his children, grand-children and great-grandchildren.
The family requests that donations may be made to the Buhl Quick Response Unit (203 Broadway Ave N. Buhl, Id. 83316).
A viewing will be 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Farmer Funeral Chapel in Buhl. A Rosary will be 7 p.m., Sunday, July 8 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Buhl. A funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2012 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Buhl.