“I would not have the honor of serving Hoosiers in Congress if not for the guidance, support and superb management of this amazing man and mentor.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today announced that his father-in-law and first campaign manager, Cecil Crawford, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 93. During the 1960s and 1970s Crawford lived in Lebanon and Fort Wayne, Ind., but later retired with his wife to Wilmington, N.C.
“It is with a very heavy heart that Marsha and I share the news of the passing of her father, Cecil Crawford,” said Coats. “Cecil was a devoted and loving husband, father and friend who inspired us all to strive for excellence and to be compassionate servants to the Lord and to our fellow neighbors.”
“Cecil has been a remarkable influence in my life,” added Coats. “I would not have the honor of serving Hoosiers in Congress if not for the guidance and support of this amazing man and mentor. When making the decision to run for Congress, Cecil came out of retirement to serve as my campaign manager. Never before involved in politics, Cecil’s natural leadership and management skills resulted in a successful campaign that then-former political director to President Ronald Reagan, Mitch Daniels, called a model for other campaigns in Indiana.”
“Marsha and I are grateful for the grace he has shared and the extraordinary example he has given us by the way he lived his life,” said Coats. “We are comforted by the generous prayers of friends during this difficult time and by the thought that he is now at peace in his eternal home with God.”
Cecil Crawford was born in 1920 in Corona, New Mexico, to the late James and Maggie Sloan Crawford, who were both ordained ministers in the Nazarene Church. Crawford was a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, and also served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
A businessman and entrepreneur, Crawford engaged in a variety of business interests including Quality Tool Works, which he moved from Illinois to Lebanon, Ind. in the early 1960s as well as other facilities he started in Sheridan, Ind. and Mitchell, Ind. Crawford also was one of the co-founders of Ticketmaster, Corp. in several southwestern states, which was later sold and expanded internationally. His entrepreneurial spirit was only exceeded by his dedication to family, his Christian faith and his generosity to Christian institutions across the United States and around the world.
Cecil Crawford is survived by his wife of 70 years, Miriam Gregg Crawford; his daughter, Marsha Coats and her husband, Senator Dan Coats of Fort Wayne, Ind.; his son, Dr. Greg Crawford and his wife Susan of Grabill, Ind.; along with five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A burial service for Cecil Crawford will take place at the Leo Memorial Cemetery in Leo, Ind. on June 22, 2013.