Thomas Crow obituary
Thomas Jefferson Crow passed away April 24, 2008 at his home in Madras, Ore. He was born April 16, 1925, in Seattle, Wash., to parents Walter Robert and Ella Edna Rogers Crow. Later the family moved to Hood River where Tom received his schooling. In 1943, Tom entered a school in Eugene studying mechanics. This led to a United States Army Air Forces Factory Training Course conducted by the Boeing Aircraft Company at Seattle where he as certified in the maintenance of the Boeing B-29. He served in Guam. When WWII ended, Tom entered Eastern Oregon College, at La Grande, Ore., in Teacher's Training. He met Beth Joan Chapin in one of the classes. They were married on June 24, 1950, in Adrian, Ore.
Tom began his teaching career in Madras, September 1950. He retired in May 1982, after teaching 6th grade for 32 years and was honored to receive a gold watch given to him by his fellow workers.
He was respected by parents, students and school staff. He dressed in spiffy sports jackets and ties which gave him his professional appearance. The big word for him was "Responsibility" and he tried to impart it to his students through his teaching. Students have told him how they used what they learned from him to raise their own children.
A quote from one of the students letters: "I can remember you as a very patient, understanding person, willing to help, but yet making us use our brains to get our work done. The greatest thing a teacher can do for his kids is to get them interested in something and then let them pursue the rest on their level. As I look back I can remember a comradeship in our class. Of kids working together and enjoying it."
From his superintendent: "I hope you know how sincerely I have admired your teaching and valued your friendship."
Tom's hobbies included fine woodworking, dark room photography, hiking and camping, traveling by bus with Mid-Columbia Bus Co. - Bill and Peggy Flatt, to Canada, East Coast, Grand Canyon, Catalina and California and etc; Vic & Jane Schroeder seeing Oregon; Touch of Class Tours with Connie Boyle to Reno, Lake Tahoe and Laughlin. He was a VFW Life Member and was involved in reunions of the 56th Air Depot Group-Guam.
He is survived by his wife, Beth Crow of Madras. He was preceded in death by his parents and two half-sisters.
A graveside service was held at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home. Memorial contributions have been suggested to one of the following: High Desert Humane Society, Mountain View Hospice, or Jefferson County Historical Society.