A passionate St. Louis Cardinals fan, Douglas Covington Crow had an enduring love of country and the Arkansas of his youth. He died in the early hours Christmas Eve of renal failure in his home, surrounded by his family, on Pickerel Lake in Rochert, Minnesota.
Doug was born, along with his twin brother, Dick (Richard Wayne Crow), in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 13, 1945. He attended Pulaski Heights schools and graduated at Hall High School in 1963. He played Little League and was an avid baseball fan throughout his life. He studied business at Little Rock University (now UALR) and Henderson State University.
Eager to serve his country, he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1967. During his military career, he was domestically stationed at Grand Forks AFB, McDill AFB; Lackland AFB; Altus AFB; Tinker AFB and abroad in Vietnam, Japan, Sicily and Germany. Throughout his military career, he studied and worked in cryptography, maintained a top-secret security clearance and received many awards for excellence in his field, serving in both the Vietnam and Gulf Wars.
By chance, he met Marna Williams on New Year’s Eve in 1974 and married her straight away. They traveled the world, built a family together and were married for 46 years.
After a decorated retirement as a Master Sergeant from US Air Force, with his family, he relocated to Marna’s family home in Rochert, Minnesota and ran the family fishing resort, Snyder’s Resort, on Pickerel Lake and served in various roles in local municipal government.
Doug maintained a tight bond with both of his brothers, through to the end, and was deeply connected to his family. He taught us good grammar and manners and to love geography, history, astronomy and learning itself. He was a meticulous collector of things, details and memories. His language was precise, though elongated through Southern drawl and delivered slowly in meandering stories and asides.
He carried with him great burdens and he struggled under their weight. By knowing him, we came to understand that life should be lived richly, that we should take good care of our people, seize opportunities and stubbornly pursue our happiness.
He is preceded in death by his beloved twin, Dick, and survived by wife Marna Crow, brother Dr. Joe Walter Crow, daughter Susan Crow Kamath, son-in-law Sudhir Kamath, as well as daughter Sarah Crow and son-in-law Andrew Johnson and darling granddaughter, Lulu.
We are comforted that he is home now: free, safe and at peace.
Donations in Douglas’s honor can be made to the wounded warrior project
Visitation for Douglas will be Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at West-Kjo’s Funeral Home Detroit Lakes, MN from 5 pm-7 pm.