Marland David “BoBo” Crawford, age 72, of Lakeport, FL, formerly of Clearfield, KY, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. peacefully at his home.
Bo was born November 1, 1948, in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Marland L. Crawford and Doris June Coker Crawford.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty Sue Amburgey Crawford of Lakeport, FL. Bo and Betty had one son, Joe David Crawford, who was the joy of their lives, that preceded Bo in death at the age of 40. He was also preceded in death by his only sister, Sharon Crawford Justice of Morehead, KY; in-laws, Homer and Grace Amburgey; and sister-in-law, Barbara Amburgey of Clearfield.
Also surviving Bo are his niece, Daphne Lowe; brother, John Deharte (Mary Lou); daughter-in-law, Kelly Dixon Higgins (James Higgins); and three adoring grandchildren, who referred to him as “Bapa,” all of Morehead, KY. His oldest granddaughter, Kara Grace Crawford, age 14, loved to take tractor rides and listen to her Bapa sing. His oldest grandson, Kameron Elijah Crawford, age 13, loved to hang out with his Bapa in his shop and tinker with tools. His youngest granddaughter, Kasey Jo Crawford, age 11, whom he referred to as his “hippy child” loved to paint on his garage floor.
Bo joined the United States Marine Corps, 2nd Battalion 1st Marines Hotel Company on April 5, 1968, and was honorably discharged on August 14, 1969, as a Corporal, serving 9 months and 27 days in Vietnam. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Combat Action Ribbon and Rifle Expert Badge and a Purple Heart.
Bo started his career as the first boating officer on Cave Run Lake. Later he transferred to the Kentucky Department of Transportation as a Vehicle Enforcement Officer and retired 22 years later.
He was a member of Phelps Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite of Lexington, El Hasa Shrine Temple, Fraternal Order of Eagles of Florida, VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Morehead American Legion, Morehead Jaycees, and Disabled American Veterans. Bo was also a Kentucky Colonel and Kentucky Admiral.
Bo loved life and enjoyed bass fishing, bird hunting with his dog (Jenny), playing his guitar around the campfire for friends and family and airboating on Lake Okeechobee.
Graveside services and interment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Brown Cemetery with Rev. Tim Rhodes officiating. Full military honors will be presented by Morehead American Legion Post 126.
American Legion members will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation is 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Morehead American Legion Post 126, P. O. Box 58, Morehead, KY 40351
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