Plane Crash Part 3

Have you ever given up in a search for a source? One could say that is what I did when trying to identify a clipping a cousin shared with me regarding the death of his father in a plane crash.

While I tried to locate the article in, I did not broaden my search to other newspaper archives when I wrote the post, Killed in a Plane Crash. After a reader of my blog challenged me to look further, I checked Newspaper Archive and found several articles about the plane crash in the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph.

“Tragedy Hits Home,” Gazette Telegraph (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 4 March 1991, page A1; digital images, NewspaperArchive ( : viewed online 1 January 2023).

Gazette Telegraph
March 4, 1991
page A3

Hope, Promise die with local passengers
by Raymond McCaffrey

As United Airlines Flight 585 turned toward the mountains and began its descent into Colorado Springs Municipal Airport on Sunday morning, the passengers were full of hope and promise.
Then suddenly, about 9:45 a.m., the jet veered nose first toward the ground, with all those dreams in the balance.

C. Clay Crawford and his wife, Jo, also were coming back from a trip to Hawaii. Crawford, former chief executive officer of CF&I Steel in Pueblo, was a well-know Colorado Springs community leader. He and Jo were living out their golden years in style — they had spent almost a month in Hawaii. They stopped in Denver on Sunday and had breakfast with a son.
Their daughter was to pick them up in Colorado Springs.

C. Clay Crawford had been at the helm of CF&I until 1976, when it was still thriving. He was known to go on the floor with the workers on a daily basis. He found out not only about what they were working on but also about them personally.
After leaving he spent time in Indonesia under the auspices of International Executive Service Corp., where he taught steel makers cost and accounting.
His wife, Jo, was a “beautiful and vivacious lady,” said Mary Beth Naye, a good friend. Jo frequently held parties in her home to help raise money for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. She also helped with the fashion shows for the benefit of the Pioneers museum and was active in numerous community social affairs.
Naye said the Crawfords had changed their minds several times about when to return. They hadn’t been expected to get back until tomorrow. “I guess this was destined,” Naye said.

Hope, Promise Die with Local Passengers, Gazette Telegraph (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 4 March 1991, page A3; digital images, NewspaperArchive ( : viewed online 1 January 2023).

Gazette Telegraph
March 5, 1991

Businessmen, vactioners among United 585 passengers

C. Clay, 72 and Jo Crawford, 65, of Colorado Springs, were returning from a month’s vacation in Hawaii. Friends said the couple loved to travel and had made annual trips to the islands for the last few years. They had a fondness for the Far East.
He was the president of CF&I Steel in Pueblo until retiring in 1976. He then spent time in Indonesia with International Executive Service Corp., counseling workers there on how to set up and run steel mills.
He earned a degree in metallurgical engineering in 1940 from the Colorado School of Mines and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers form 1940-1946.
He was a member of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo board of directors, a trustee of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, a past chairman of the St. Mary Corwin Hospital Fund in Pueblo, and a member of the Colorado Association of Commerce.
Jo Crawford, described by friends as a “beautiful and vivacious lady,” was a volunteer for numerous community groups and raised money for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Pioneers Museum.
She also served on the building committee of the First United Methodist Church and was a former member of the board of the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo.
Both belonged to the Garden of the Gods Club.
“She was always willing to do anything you asked her to do,” said friend Mary Beth Naye.
They are survived by his children, Crete Crawford Wood of New Canaan, Conn.; Wilson Clay Crawford and James Paul Crawford of Denver; and her daughters, Laurel Jo McLean and Dottie Stout of Colorado Springs and Mary Leslie Gray of Tulsa, Okla. Together they had 10 grandchildren.

“Businessmen, vactioners among United 585 passengers,” Gazette Telegraph (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 5 March 1991, page B2; digital images, NewspaperArchive ( : viewed online 1 January 2023).