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Murray Don Crowe

Murray Don Crowe

Murray Don Crowe of Applegate died accidentally at his home Thursday, April 20, 2006.

He was born September 1, 1942 in Reno, Nev. to Arthur (Red) and Frances Crowe. He graduated from Dunsmuir High School and Oregon State University. He married Judy Jewell Harper of Medford, November 26, 1965. They have three children, Brent Crowe of Applegate, Kellie (Rich) Halsted of Papillion, Nebr., and Brenda (Scott) Levitt of Hillsboro; and four grandchildren, Allison and Joshua Halsted, and Skylar and Dakota Levitt. Murray is also survived by a brother, Mitchell Crowe; and sister, Janice Crowe, both of Redding. He was preceded in death by his father.

Murray was one of a local group of community people who started a volunteer fire department in Applegate, which is now Applegate Fire District 9. The district was formed in 1980 and he had served on the Applegate Board of Directors since that time. He was also a member of the Applegate Lions Club and had served on the school board when Applegate School was its own district. Win or lose, he was also an avid Oregon State Beaver fan.

Murray worked for State Farm Insurance for 37 years. His most recent position was that of Reinspector Trainer on State Farm National Catastrophe Team, where he had returned from the Katrina devastation area in January.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, April 27, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at Wooldridge Creek Vineyard, 818 Slagle Creek Road (Applegate), to remember and celebrate his life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Applegate Lions Club or the Applegate Valley Fire District #9. Arrangements by Conger-Morris Funeral Directors, Medford. 772-7111