Thomas Peter Crawford


May 1, 1931 - May 14, 2011




Thomas Peter Crawford was born at Mitchell SD, May 1, 1931 to Thomas Virgil (Duke) and Frances (Lucas) Crawford.  He was the oldest of twelve children.  On August 21, 1950 he married Pearl Pavlin.  In addition to running the family farm near Mitchell SD, he worked at Hormel.  In 1978 he transferred with Hormel to Fremont, NE.  After his retirement of thirty-three years with Hormel, he returned to Fulton SD.  This became an opportunity to enjoy his winters in Mesa AZ, which he did for many years.  While in Mesa he spent time with his brothers, sisters and friends.  He loved doing odd jobs, playing cards with his family and square dancing, but always called South Dakota his home.

Tom loved life.  He was an avid fisherman, who always knew where the fish were biting.  Tom looked forward to having family and friends join him at the river.  His family will always have many great memories of their fishing/camping trips with him.  When he wasn’t fishing, you could often find him at a square dance where he had many good friends.  He was well known for the many fish fries he hosted in both Arizona and South Dakota.  Tom celebrated his 80th birthday on May 1st with a big party attended by many family members and friends.  He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Tom was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell, the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles and the Elks.

He is survived by six sons,  David (Sandy) of Watertown, SD, Dan of Deadwood, SD, Gerry (Pam) of Huron, SD and Duane, John and Jim all of Fremont, NE; two daughters, Barbetta (Alan) Turpin of London, England and Karen (Patrick) Langan of Lincoln, NE; his former wife, Pearl Crawford of Fremont NE; fifteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and ten brothers and sisters:  Jim (Dea), Marian Hoff, Sheila, Linda, Rita of Mesa, AZ, Patty (John) Holzhauser of Gettysburg, SD, Bob (Dee) of Palo Alto, CA, Dennis (Becky) of Parker, AZ, Judy (Dan) Lange of Appleton, WI, Jan Engels of El Paso, TX and numerous nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Jo Ann and three daughters who died at birth.




The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to –

American Heart Association

7272 Greenville Ave

Dallas TX  75231



Tuesday, May 24, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, May 25, 2011
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
321 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

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