2014-05-02 / Obituaries

Crawford Gordon

Funeral services for Crow Gordon, 96, a Kaycee, Wyoming, resident who passed away quietly Monday afternoon at his ranch home west of Kaycee, were held Saturday, April 26 at the Harold Jarrard Park Building in Kaycee with Reverends Carole Buckingham and Diane Herring officiating.

A private family Eucharist was held earlier that day at the Episcopal Church in Kaycee. A reception followed the funeral at the Harold Jarrard Park Building. Private family interment will be held. Donations in Mr. Gordon’s memory may be made to the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo in care of the Harness Funeral Home, who are in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left on line at www.harnessfuneralhome.com.

Crawford Gordon was born on Aug. 25, 1917 in Lincoln, Massachusetts, to Donald and Louise Gordon. He grew up on Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and went to Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts. graduating in 1935. After high school he attended Harvard University where he graduated in 1939 with a degree in economics. In 1932 he came to the CM Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming, where he became cowboy and developed a lifelong love of rodeo including winning the Wild Cow Milking at the Johnson County Fair and Rodeo in 1953 and later third place in the Steer Roping at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1968. He served his country after joining the American Field Service as an ambulance driver in North Africa and Europe in World War II. He was married Oct. 27, 1945 at the First Unitarian Church of Kennebunk, Maine, to Kay Andrews and they made their home in Boston, Massachusetts, for a time. In 1947, Crow and Kay moved to their ranch in Kaycee. Kay passed away in July of 1995 and Crow continued living on the ranch in Kaycee. He was married in 1998 to Loie Shethar Smith and they made their home on the Gordon Ranch west of Kaycee.

He was a member of the River Club of New York, the River Club of Kennebunkport, and the Somerset Club of Boston. He was a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and a lifetime member of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He was a member of the Johnson County Health Care Board of Directors for many years, and served on the Johnson County Joint Powers Board, the North Fork Water Users Association, and the Johnson County School Board. He was a member of the Episcopal Church. He enjoyed skiing, loved his family and was involved in Broadway shows. Above all he loved opera, his ranch, good horses and rodeo. He was very generous and supportive of the community, cherished Wyoming, her people and her character.

He is survived by one daughter, Valerie Gordon-Johnson and husband, Doug, of New York City and Hawaii; one son, Mark Gordon and wife, Jennie, of Buffalo; a stepdaughter, Pam Jackson of Tucson; and stepson Spencer Smith and wife, Pam, of Seattle; and seven grandchildren: Bea and Anne Gordon, Aaron and Spencer Young, and Grant, Marc and Alex Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Jean, and both of his wives.

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