Pat and Johnny Crawford

Pat and Johnny Crawford

Pat and Johnny Crawford celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at the home of their daughter, Tawny, and son-in-law Gary Meyers of Rogue River, where they danced to their song, "To Each His Own."

All eight of their grandchildren and 14 grandchildren attended.

Pat Ann Simnitt and Johnny Earl Crawford Jr. met at Berryland in Washington state through mutual friends while Johnny's ship, USS Fanshaw Bay, was being decommissioned  in Tacoma, Washington, after serving six months in the South Pacific during WWII.

Pat, then 17, lived in Sumner, Washington, and Johnny, then 20, was from Long Beach, Calif. Johnny proposed to Pat over the phone, and she accepted. They were married Aug. 10, 1946, in a little chapel in Long Beach. They made their home there, where they welcomed their daughter, Tawny Jo Crawford, in 1948 and son, Steven John Crawford (deceased), in 1955.

Johnny began his working life as an automobile mechanic for Diamond Cab Co., then worked as a heavy-duty mechanic, fabricating construction water trucks. He later owned Crawford Water Trucks in Southern California until he retired.

Pat was and remains a homemaker and is proud that at 87 she can still get up on her John Deere riding mower and keep their property looking manicured.

While vacationing in Oregon in 1992, Pat and Johnny decided it was the perfect place to enjoy their retirement and made their home in Rogue River, which in their opinion was the closest place to heaven on Earth.


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