Sept. 26, 1948 – April 3, 2013
Ridgway’s longtime official weather observer and Volunteer Fire Department stalwart Dick Crabb died at home on April 3 following a brief illness. He was 64.
Richard Alan Crabb was born in Denver in 1948; after graduating from Wheatridge High School, he attended Mesa College and Colorado State University, going on to serve in the Vietnam War. In 1982, he relocated to Ridgway, purchasing the Ridgway Mercantile, and going on to own and operate the Last Dollar Laundromat, before his retirement.
Crabb was a retired member of the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department and volunteered for the National Weather Service, serving as Ridgway’s official weather observer for 30 years. He leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Paulette Crabb, his son Ryan Crabb and family (Mandy, and two-week old grandson, Wyatt), his daughter Amanda Gross and family, (Andrew and grandsons Tyler and Riley).
His life will be celebrated on Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m., at the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department, with food, music and remembering his life.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Dept., or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.