In memory of
Humboldt County lost a pillar of its community on Saturday, March 26th 2011 when Chris Crawford, 58, passed away at home in the arms of his beloved wife Elaine after a brief battle with cancer. What is written here can only serve as a short excerpt in the life of a man who was larger than life. Chris was a man of big ideas and exceptional work ethic. Christopher Crawford was born June 25, 1952 at St. Luke's Hospital in Pasadena, California to Ingaborg and Clifford Crawford. Chris grew up in Pasadena and lived in the Los Angeles area for many years and attended Citrus College in Glendora and later became a Fellow in the Court Executive Development Program at the Institute for Court Management, National Center for State Courts. Chris's career began as managing director of numerous courts in Southern California, including Torrance Municipal and Superior Courts, Beverly Hills Municipal Court, and Catalina Justice Court. In 1994 Chris founded Justice Served, a Court Administration and Management consulting firm with expertise in a wide variety of court disciplines including streamlining organizational systems. Chris was recognized nationally and internationally as a leading expert in his field and was instrumental in transitioning court systems into wireless technology in places like Hong Kong, the Republic of Rwanda, The Federation of Nigeria, Costa Rica, and Taiwan. In Eureka, Chris was better known for his dedication to his community than for his globe-trotting consulting work. He loved his community and dedicated himself to leaving it a better place than he'd found it, and he did just that as evidenced by his service to many local organizations and the local political scene. Chris served as Board Member and past President for the Eureka Chamber of Commerce and The Humboldt Business Council. He was a founding member of Redwood Technology Consortium, was a regular columnist for the Times Standard with "Tech Beat" and was a Member of the Board and served as Past President of Humboldt Fire District 1. To honor him, local Fire Stations flew flags at half-staff on the day of Chris's passing. Chris received awards too numerous to mention for both his professional achievements and his tireless volunteer work in the interest of his community. Chris married Elaine, the love of his life, in 1980. Together they built a life rich in friendships and community activities. Chris and Elaine made an annual summer pilgrimage to the Humboldt County Fair, where they enjoyed the horse races. Among Chris's regular activities were weekly racquetball games with friends, but his real hobby was Humboldt County. "Justice Served" was the business. Community Served was his life. Chris is survived by his wife of 31 years, Elaine, siblings John Crawford of Yucca Valley, Maureen Davidson of Newport Beach, Clifford Crawford of San Diego, Gerald Crawford of Thailand, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service to follow at a future date. In lieu of flowers, Elaine requests that donations be made in Chris's name to the local office of The American Cancer Society at 2942 F Street, Eureka, California 95501 or to the charity of your choice. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standard.com , click obits.
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