William Lavern Crabb


Former Aberdeen High School teacher William Lavern Crabb passed away at Harborview Medical Center on Friday, August 30, 2013. He was 79. William was born November 6, 1933, in Atwood, Colorado.

He was raised in Atwood and had also lived in Boulder, Colo.; Detroit, Mich. and Puyallup before moving to Grays Harbor in 1964, after graduating from the University of Puget Sound. William proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.

On November 1, 1957, William married the love of his life Barbara Mae Strode in Tacoma, Wash. She survives him at the family home.

Señor Crabb had worked as a Spanish teacher at Aberdeen High School for 32 years and was also an assistant track coach for over 20 years.

Bill was a devout Christian and committed husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of the Gideon’s, was a Royal Ranger Leader and had been a volunteer at the Seamen’s Center. He was a Sunday school teacher and currently a member and board member of Heritage Family Church in Aberdeen.

William enjoyed woodworking, photography, oil painting, camping and traveling.

In addition to his loving wife, Barbara; he is also survived by his four sons and their wives, Steve and Vanita of Aberdeen, David and Diana of Bothell, John and Dawn of Kotzebue, Alaska and Brian and Yvonne of Belton, Texas; a sister, Joyce Hobbs of Calif.; nine grandchildren, Debra, Kaela, Tawna, Lauren, Lydia, Trevor, Sylvia, William and Benjamin; and three great-grandchildren, Kaylen, Xzandria and Cadence.

Visitation will take place from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, in the chapel at Harrison Family Mortuary located at 311 W. Market St. in Aberdeen. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 5th at Harbor Assembly of God Church located at 716 M St. in Hoquiam. A graveside service will take place at Sunset Memorial Park following the service. A reception will follow at the church. Memorial donations are suggested to the Union Gospel Mission.

Please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com to sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.