Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Richard Lee Crawford, BHS 1939

Richard Lee Crawford, BHS 1939 .......June 29, 1921 - January 14, 2016 ...... Dick was born in Burbank to his parents Richard and Nora Crawford. He attended Burbank Schools, graduating from Burbank High School in 1939. Dick served in the Navy from 1940-1944. He married Elizabeth Katherine Burgess, known to all as Betty, in 1942. They had two sons, Richard James and Robert Lee Crawford.

He owned Orday Speed Shop in Burbank from 1959 - 1980. He sold the business and moved to Huntington Beach, where he went to work for Donovan Engineering, continuing his love for racing. There he designed the Billet Aluminum Block for racing engines. He had a 50 year Masonic affiliation and was a 33rd degree Mason.

He is preceded in death by his son Robert Lee. He is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, his son Richard, two grandsons, Rick and Todd, and a great grandson Alan. He will be missed by all in the racing circle, his family and friends.

Published The Burbank Leader, January 30, 2016.

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