SALT LAKE CITY - Pat, our beautiful loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and the very inspiration and soul of our family, passed away peacefully surrounded by close family on Jan. 15, 2011. She was born June 18, 1931 in Castle Dale to Rheta Moffitt and Lyle Burdick, the first of three children.
Pat grew up in the town of Hiawatha in Carbon County during her formative years, later moving in her teenage years to Dragerton. She was exceptionally proud of these coal mining communities and wrote many short stories of her experiences as a young girl in these towns. She always said that it was the richness of her experiences with the many people of different cultures, ethnicities, and religions in these communities that allowed her to bond with and influence so many different individuals during her lifetime. It can truly be said that she was loved by all who met her.
Besides family, education was one of the high priorities of her life. Because of this, she was driven to excel in academics and became the valedictorian of her junior high, Carbon High School and Carbon Junior College. It was not surprising that she chose education as her career, earning her bachelors in Education at BYU and, later, her masters degree at Utah State University. Those who were lucky enough to work with and be taught by Pat, came to know that she was an incredibly gifted and masterful teacher. She loved being a teacher and spent her career in elementary education where she was adored by students, parents, and fellow teachers alike. She was able to work with even the most difficult child and give them an experience of success in her classes. All of the children at Woodrow Wilson and Morningside Elementary Schools (along with their parents) wanted to have Mrs. Crawford as their teacher. She was loved so much by her students that many have stayed in touch with her, even though, they now have children of their own. Pat received many awards for her teaching, including Granite School District Teacher of the Year and Woman of the Year by Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Teachers.
Pat met her husband, Darrel Crawford in the eighth grade. He insists he fell in love with her the first time he saw her. They married while attending BYU. The marriage took place in the Manti Temple on July 17, 1953. Pat and Darrel were blessed with two sons. It was impossible to be around Pat and not know how much she loved and was dedicated to her family. She was an incredible mother and grandmother who blessed the lives of her boys with many wonderful experiences, education, and an overabundance of love. She taught them how to achieve success even in the face of many challenges.
Pat was also a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many positions: including Primary president, Junior Sunday School president, Relief Society president and stake callings. She radiated the love of the Savior in all she did and with all whom she met.
Because she loved serving others, she was also involved in many community projects. She created special volunteer programs - parents, teachers, and children working together. She served on an Education Task Force under Governor Scott Matheson and the State Textbook Advisory Committee. Although she had many titles and responsibilities, she was most fond of projects like the countless time she spent teaching ukulele to patients at the Shriner's hospital. She did this because she loved and wanted to teach all children.
By her example and teaching skill, she was able to influence and encourage the happiness and success of her family and countless individuals during her lifetime. Hers, was an exceptionally remarkable life; Pat, you were truly the "Wind Beneath our Wings." We love you and will miss you.
Pat is survived by her loving husband Darrel Crawford; son, Gary (Kathy); grandsons, Christopher (Andrea) and Cameron (Miranda); great grandson, Trey; sister Colleen (Gary), many nieces and nephews, and hundreds of her students.
Pat was proceeded in death by her son; Scott; mother, Rheta Burdick; father, Lyle Burdick; and sister, Shirley Ann Burdick.
A special thank you to the gracious and dedicated staff at the Beehive Home in Orem for the wonderful and compassionate care that was given to Pat in the last days of her life.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Olympus 5th Ward LDS church building (3070 E Nila Way (4140 S) Salt Lake City). Friends and family are invited to viewings Friday, Jan. 21 at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary (3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City) from 7-9 p.m.; and on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Olympus 5th Ward building from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to funeral services. Interment Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 1275 Fairfax Road, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.