Former Steamboat Springs resident Marvin L. Crawford passed away Jan. 10, 2005, at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs. He was 72. Marvin suffered an unexpected stroke in his home Jan. 6.
Marvin was born July 30, 1932, in Denver. He was raised in Steamboat, where he excelled in numerous skiing disciplines. Marvin also was instrumental in the development of the Steamboat Ski Area and was an original co-developer of Lake Catamount.
He lived in Colorado Springs for the last 2 1/2 years of his life and in Grand Junction for the preceding 16 years.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Edith M. Crawford; three sons, Rod, Greg and Gary Crawford; three sisters, twin Marlene Willie of Manitou Springs, Jean Olson of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Linda Brown of Grand Junction; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Marvin's Farewell Party, a celebration of his life, is at 1 p.m. Jan. 22, 2005, at Howelsen Hill. The event primarily will be held outside, but also in Olympian Hall after the outdoor festivities. The family asks that those who had the pleasure of knowing Marv bring their stories and memories to share with everyone. The family also asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Marvin Crawford Memorial Fund in care of Wells Fargo Bank, P.O. Box 774888, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, or in care of Gary Crawford, P.O. Box 881021, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488. Donations to the memorial fund will go annually to a Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic skier to help offset athletic fees. The criteria for receiving the scholarship are yet to be determined.