Allen D. “Al” Crawford, 59, of Rockwall passed away March 16, 2014.
He was born March 15, 1955, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Robert McVey Crawford and Mary Belle (Porterfield) Crawford. Al attended Davenport West High School where he was linebacker on the “Dream Team” of the ‘70s. He attended Luther College where he continued his football career and was recognized as All Conference Linebacker. In 2007 Al was inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduating in 1977 he taught at North Scott High School in Eldridge, Iowa, where he also coached basketball and football. Al later relocated to Rockwall and owned his flooring business which he retired from in March of 2013. He volunteered with the Rockwall YMCA as coach of youth soccer for two years and continued to be a strong supporter of Williams Middle School and Rockwall High School athletics. Al loved spending time with his family and was an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing, hunting and golfing.
He is survived by his loving wife, Gail Lynn (Wille) Crawford of Rockwall; sons Kyle Crawford of Rockwall, Jeremy Crawford of Temple, and Harry H. Rybolt III and wife Michelle of League City; daughters Chelsey Crawford of Rockwall and Dawn Mahoney and husband Patrick of Rockwall; grandchildren Madlynne Mahoney, Reilly Mahoney and Izzie Rybolt; brothers Michael Crawford and Dave Crawford; and parents-in-law Warren and Carole Wille of Georgetown.
Al was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., March 21, at Joy Lutheran Church, 302 N. Goliad, Rockwall, with Pastor Paul Appel officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park.
Rest Haven Funeral Home of Rockwall is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to The ALS Association Texas Chapter, 1231 Greenway Dr., Ste. 295, Irving, Texas 75038 (www.ALSA-Texas.org) or to Joy Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.resthavenfuneral.com and www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  March 21, 2014