John Earl ‘Jack’ ‘Doc’ Crawley
Nov. 5, 1929 – Aug. 25, 2010
John Earl "Jack" "Doc" Crawley died Wednesday, Aug.
25, 2010, at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital of pulmonary fibrosis. He
died as he lived – surrounded by love.
Doc was born Nov. 5, 1929, to Eleanor (Wilton) and Earl H. Crawley in
Ashland. He graduated from East Troy High School and went on to earn a
bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned
his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University.
Doc was a member of the ROTC at Iowa State. He served in the Air Force in
Savannah, Ga., and for many years in the Air Force Reserve. He retired
with the rank of major.
Upon completion of his Air Force active duty, Doc moved to Palmyra to
begin his veterinary practice, which spanned over 50 years. His "COW
DOC" license plates were a familiar and welcome site to farmers in
three counties, and he cared for innumerable family pets from the clinic
behind his house.
Doc loved Palmyra, and he put his heart and soul into making the community
a better place to live and raise a family. He was a member of the
Palmyra-Eagle School Board for nine years, including serving as president.
He was an active member of Kiwanis for more than 40 years, and loved his
involvement in providing Christmas baskets for families, and with their
sponsored youth programs. He was a leader in working to help young people
avoid alcohol and other drug abuse, and he helped establish the first AODA
program at PEHS. He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church
and served on the parish council on multiple occasions.
Doc loved his family, and anyone who ever spoke to him was well aware of
that. He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Olive; his children,
Kevin (finance Yvonne Bitticks-Maruniak), Kathleen (Timothy Dybevik),
Ellen (Mark Thorn), Sara (Steve Poser), Colleen (Doug Schell), Dennis
(Jane Pacheco), Ann (Jeff Gerner) and Patrick (Kerry Odell); and 16
adoring grandchildren, Andrew, Robin and Joseph Dybevik, Elizabeth,
Kathleen and Hannah Thorn, Samuel and Gabriel Poser, Lauren and Patrick
Schell, Gavin and Kierra Crawley and Liam and Emmett Crawley. He is
further survived by his brother, Gerald Crawley, who was also his partner
in veterinary medicine and friend for his entire life; his brothers-inlaw,
Patrick and Larry Curtin; and his sisters-inlaw, Mary Curtin, Dana Crawley
and Carol Anchor.
He is preceded by his parents; his daughter-inlaw, Diana Paulina; and many
brothers and sistersin-law.
Doc loved to fish – in addition to special trips with his brother Jerry
and fishing buddies, he enjoyed many hours of fishing at the Castle Rock
and Pettenwell lakes with very special family and friends. Doc loved to
play cards, and was a longtime member of the Dirty Old Men’s Poker and
Spannferkel Society. The group provided more than good company and cards.
They also raised funds for many causes in the Palmyra-Eagle School
District, including athletic field lights and band uniforms.
Doc loved his trombone music. He was a proud member of the University of
Wisconsin Marching Band, and in his later years a very active member of
the Palmyra Community Band. He was an inveterate story teller, and he had
a joke for every occasion. Doc said he had three goals in life: to be a
veterinarian, to marry a beautiful woman and raise a good family. He lived
a long and happy life and endured his more recent health challenges with
courage and grace in anticipation of his journey to heaven.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Fort
Atkinson Memorial Hospital for their care of Doc and his family during the
last several days of his life, as well as to the Rev. Jay Poster for his
spiritual and moral support.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at Mealy’s
Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Palmyra. Visitation continues from 9 a.m.
until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Monday, Aug. 30, at St. Mary’s
Catholic Church, 919 W. Main St., Palmyra.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Doc’s name may be made to the
Palmyra-Eagle School District Memorial Foundation, St. Mary’s Catholic
Church or the Fairhaven Foundation.
For the online obituary and guest registry, go to www.hdlfuneralhomes.com.
Mealy’s Funeral Home in Palmyra, 495-2127, is assisting the family.