William S. “Bill” Crawford, 80, passed away Feb. 22. He was born June 13, 1935, in Parkin, Ark., to the late Aubrey and Modenia Crawford. On March 18, 1988 in Tijeras, he married Sue A. “Sanny” Silvius. Bill served in the Korean War in the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired after 27 years in law enforcement from Albuquerque Police Department and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s department and was often assigned to the East Mountain district. A member of the Rio Grande Mule and Donkey Association since 1987, including past president, retirement gave Bill more time to spend with his mules and donkey. He was also preceded in death by his sons Donald Crawford and David Crawford. Bill is survived by his wife, Sue “Sanny” Silvius of Edgewood; son, Scott Crawford of Albuquerque, and three grandchildren, Daniel Crawford of Arizona, Clint Crawford of Oklahoma and Dustin Crawford of Germany, as well as four great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held March 1 at 6 p.m. at the Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, with Pastor John Nash officiating. Interment will be March 2 at 11:15 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clint Crawford, Charles Gould and Alan Platt. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Crawford, Duane Boyson and John Jankovich.
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