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Leonard Douglas "Doug" Crawford Jr, born March 25, 1963, made his final inappropriate and more than likely sarcastic comment on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at his home in Dalton, Georgia.
He would want it known to all that love and miss him, that he lived his life exactly the way he wanted and wouldn't have changed a thing. Besides a lifelong love affair with barely cooked bacon and deep fried southern food, he enjoyed fast cars, motorcycles, Atlanta Falcon football, a good joke, Smirnoff vodka, Oscar Mayer bologna, Star Trek, and piloting helicopters (not necessarily in that order) until the day he died.
Headstrong, stubborn, and opinionated, he worked hard to make his dreams a reality. Growing up in Whitfield County, he fell in love with flying at a young age during his first plane trip from Chattanooga to Knoxville. At the age of 21, he received his first professional flight lesson, which cemented his resolve to be in the air.
Joining the army in 1987, Doug had multiple tours in South Korea and flew helicopters as part of the Apache Unit in the 1-227 Cavalry for the US Army. After serving in Desert Storm, he realized that he had a desire to teach others what he knew. He then spent his last 4 years in the army as a flight instructor, until he received an Honorable Discharge in April of 1995. After more than ten years of living life on the ground, he returned to the sky, flying helicopters as an EMS pilot for various hospital systems around the country.
He is preceded in death by his father Leonard Douglas Crawford Sr and his mother Christine Beck Crawford. He is survived by his sons Ty Crawford (Duluth, WI), Bradley Crawford and Brian Crawford and their mother; his stepson Darren Hughes and his mother (all of Dalton, GA); His sisters Patricia Crawford Warren (Sebastian, FL) and Teresa Crawford Day (Dalton, GA); his niece, two nephews, two grand nephews and two grand nieces.
Because of an irrational fear that his family would throw him an old fashioned, very boring, dirty joke free, dull church funeral, a memorial will be held at a later date that is as of yet to be determined. His family asks that those who remember him celebrate his life in their own way, either raising a glass of their favorite drink, or sitting down to a well-cooked steak with a side of perfectly golden french fries would, in his opinion, be perfectly appropriate.
Published on February 3, 2018
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