Have you ever learned of a tragedy in the family thru an obituary clipping? That’s the case with one of the obituary clippings I received from a fourth cousin. The clipping detailed the death of his father and step-mother in a plane crash.
Denver Post (Denver, Colorado)
photocopy of clipping
Clarence Clay Crawford
Jo Moore Crawford
Colorado Springs couple
Clarence Clay Crawford and his wife, Jo Moore Crawford, of Colorado Springs died together Sunday in the United Airlines Flight 585 crash in Widefield near Colorado Springs. He was 72, she was 65.
Memorial services for the Crawfords will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow in First United Methodist Church, 426 N. Nevada Ave., in Colorado Springs.
Clarence Crawford was born June 5, 1918, in Longmont. In 1940, he graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in metallurgical engineering. He received an honorary degree from the Colorado School of Mines. He served as a major in the Army Corp of Engineers for six years. He served on the Board of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and was the director of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. He was a member of the Garden of the Gods Club and Cheyenne Mountain Club.
Jo Moore Crawford was born June 17, 1925, in Balmorhea, Texas. She attended Texas Tech University. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Longmont and served on the building committee. She was a former Cristo Arts and Conference Center and a member of the Garden of the Gods Club and Cheyenne Mountain Country Club.
He is survived by two sons, William Clay and James Paul Crawford, both of Denver, a sister, Ann Crawford Wagner, Boulder, and three grandchildren.
She is survived by three daughters, Laurel J. McLean and Dottie H. Stout, both of Colorado Springs, and Mary Leslie Gray, Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers John Moore, Pecos, Texas, and J. T. Moore, Dallas; and tow sisters, Mary Helen Schmidt, Amarillo, Texas and Dorothy Harding, Sinton, Texas.
Included with the obituary clipping was a photocopy of a portion of an article about the victims of the plane crash.
no name of paper, no date, no pages
likely from a Colorado paper
article gives biography details for passengers of United Flight that crashed in Colorado Springs
Clay and Jo Crawford
Pueblo man of steel and his community-oriented wife were returning from a month’s vacation in Hawaii on United Airlines Flight 585.
Clay Crawford, 72, who was described as a “steelman’s man,” was the former president of Pueblo’s CF&I Steel Corp. He retired in 1976. Jo Crawford helped raise funds for various community charities and projects, including Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
“She was delightful, friendly, outgoing, bubbly, and happy. She was willing to do whatever she could to help the community,” said Susan Engfer, the zoo’s executive director.
Leslie Sniff, a retired steelworker, had sat across the table from Crawford during contract negotiations.
“He was a company man doing his job. But he was a fair man,” said Sniff, former president of the United Steelworkers Local 2102 in Pueblo. “If all top management was like him, it would be a better place.”
Crawford as born, June 5, 1918, in Longmont. He graduated form Colorado School of Mines at Golden. He served as a major in the Army Corps of Engineers. The couple is survived by three children.
After World War II, Crawford joined CF&I and quickly moved up in management. He became president in 1970.
“Clay always believed in the Pueblo community, not only its past, but also its potential for future growth,” said Frank J. Yaklich Jr., president and chief executive officer of CF&I
A search of Newspapers.com for the CRAWFORD surname and the date of the crash turned up quite a few articles from across the country. Many of these articles were about the plane crash and listed the passengers. One Colorado article gave a bit more information about Clay Crawford.
The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, CO)
March 5, 1991
Jet-crash victims varied in talents
Colorado Springs — A bank employee who had won a trip to Hawaii in a sales contest and the coach of the state high school championship hockey team were among 25 victims of the United Airlines Flight 585 crash near Colorado Springs, friends and employers said Monday.
Thirteen of the victims of Sunday’s crash lived in Colorado Springs. The dead included the former president of CF&I Steel Corp. in Pueblo and his wife, and three men who worked on U.S. Olympic Committee programs.
Paula McGilvra, who turned 43 last Friday and was the mother of two children, worked aqt Central Bank on Academy Boulevard as a consumer product officer, bank spokesman Karen Hedgecorth said. McGilvra was returning from Hawaii with her boyfriend, Fred Hoffman, 40, who worked for an oil and gas distribution company
McGilvra had two children, Shannon, 11, and Shawn, 14. Her ex-husband, Jack McGilvra of Vail, told a reporter he “just had a feeling to call home” Sunday afternoon and he learned about the crash from friends who were caring for the children.
Air Force Capt. Kevin Kodalen, who was stationed at Peterson Air Force Base coached the Cheyenne Mountain High School hockey team, which won state championships in all four years of his tenure. Kodalen was returning from a trip to Strategic Air Command Headquarters near Omaha when the plane crashed.
“He was like a father to everyone,” said senior hockey player Mark Sandoval. “He cared about what we did, on and off the ice.”
Former CF&I President Clay Crawford and his wife, JO, who were living in Colorado Springs, had been visiting friends in Hawaii and were returning home when the jetliner crashed on approach to the Colorado Springs airport.
Crawford served as president of CF&I for six years, retiring in 1976 to cap a 30 year career with the steel company in Pueblo. A well-known southern Colorado businessman, Crawford was a past chairman of the St. Mary Corwin Hospital Fund in Pueblo and the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry.
Mrs. Crawford, who was an active fund-raiser for a number of charities, has two daughters from a previous marriage living in Colorado Springs, friends said.
On Sunday, a spokesman for the USOC identified Peter J. VanHandel, 45, a senior sports physiologist; Andrezej J. Komer, 39, a sports biomechanist, and Dan Birkholz, 35, a coach and coordinator with the U.S. Cycling Federation, as victims of the crash.
A Google search for information about this plane crash turned up some additional information, including the report on the cause of the crash.
- Crash of United Airline Flight 585 in Colorado Springs Remembered 30 Years Later (CBS Colorado)
- Barely a Trace: The Decade-Long Search for the Cause of Two Plane Crashes and 157 Deaths by Kylan Dempsey
- Remembering 29 Years Later United Airlines Flight 585 (Fox 21 News)
- Aircraft Accident Report (National Transportation Safety Board)