STREATOR — Gary Wayne Crawford, 72, of Huntington Beach, Calif., passed away April 13.
He was born Sept. 10, 1945, in Streator, to Russell and Merle (McIntyre) and was preceded in death by his brother, Dale Crawford. He is survived by a brother, Ronald, of Streator; and a sister, Charlene, of California.
Gary attended local grade schools and Streator High School. He participated in baseball, football and wrestling while at SHS. He followed many sports and enjoyed golfing, car racing and visiting over 30 different states.
He married Diane (Borghetti) on Aug. 24, 1963. They moved to Huntington Beach in 1966 and Gary worked as a meat cutter for over 40 years. In 1990, they opened a pizza and sports bar in Huntington Beach, which became a popular Chicago Bears gathering location every NFL Sunday.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; their son, Brian, of Colorado; daughter, Lisa (Thomas), of California; and grandchildren, Breeana, Haley, Michael and Taylor. They were the joy of his life, and he was a special grandfather to all of them.
It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts of Gary’s early passing and he will be missed by family and so many friends.
Donations may be made on his behalf to any pet adoption/rescue or the Parkinson Foundation.