October 4, 1999
Kiwanis President Fred Hering (left) presents "Citizen of the Year" Award to Mayor Jack Crawford.
Photo by Tate Mason.
Kenmore Mayor Jack Crawford was named the 1999 Citizen of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Northshore at its annual banquet last week.
Crawford was cited for his years of community involvement and contributions in many areas. Of special note was his commitment to the Kenmore community during its incorporation effort and his past year serving as mayor of the new city.
It was noted that Crawford's contributions to his fellow man has extended beyond the local community. He is a retired Navy chaplain, having served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. After his military career, he has been a family and marriage therapist and has taught college courses in that field.
The honoree is a man of many interests, evidenced by his hobbies of restoring antiques, raising dahlias, and his favorite pastime, his Model A Ford. He has served as local, regional and national president of the Model A Club of America.
Crawford has coached a girls' softball team, as well as playing and coaching on a senior men's team. He also sings in a local men's gospel chorus, the Sojourners.
He and his wife, Char, who was present for the award presentation, have eight children, 18 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They are charter members of the Kenmore Heritage Society, through which he authored a book, A History of Kenmore for Kids, which is now being distributed to all elementary children in the city.
And the mayor's sense of what he considers important for his community is evident in his slogan which can be seen in signs throughout the city: "In Kenmore ... Courtesy is Contagious."