We suddenly lost a good friend this week. He was a man of integrity, a man who loved God, loved his family, and loved his work. He was one of the most creative and intelligent engineers I’ve ever met. We were business competitors once, yet I shared my time with him, my venders, my business secrets, and even my customers, because he could be trusted, because he was my friend. I admired his attention to details, his tenacity, his compassion. He spoke often of his family and how proud he was of them. He was young but he lived more than most. He loved life but has met death.
Brian, I’ll miss you and your family mourns. The hole you leave in the heart of your wife and family will not heal, the pain cannot be cured. We will struggle with the never ending questions of “why”, but we know we won’t have answers. We try to rejoice knowing you’re with your Heavenly Father, and we take comfort in knowing that your salvation was sure. But, at the same time, we would wish you back if we could.
We will see you on that distant shore soon enough, until then we weep.
Good Bye my friend…
Brian Lee Crawford, 50, of East Jordan died Monday, May 11, 2015.
He was born on November 29, 1964, in Windham, Connecticut, the son of Charles O. and Ruth W. (Arms) Crawford. He grew up in State College, Pennsylvania and graduated from State College High School in 1983. He received his B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Lake Superior State University in 1992. He had served in the United States Army.
Brian was the owner of Up North Energy.
He was a true engineer. He was always creating or making things. Brian always had several projects going at the same time.
He enjoyed skiing, golfing, four wheeling, boating, volunteering and most of all, spending time with his family.
Brian is survived by his wife, Beverly Crawford of East Jordan; daughter, Elizabeth (Matt) Pater of East Jordan; son, Jacob (YoungJin) Crawford of Grand Rapids; his parents, Charles O., Sr. and Ruth W. Crawford of State College, Pennsylvania; and two brothers, Charles O. Crawford, Jr. of Alexandria, Pennsylvania and Timothy B Crawford of Philipsburg, Pennsylvania.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church, 7824 Rogers Road, East Jordan, Michigan.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Lighthouse Missionary Church. The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc. in East Jordan.