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Albert "Al" Lee Crabtree
Sept. 14, 1939 - Dec. 19, 2017
Albert Lee Crabtree, 78, of Duncan, OK passed away Tuesday Dec. 19, 2017 in Duncan.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at the Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kathy Gibson officiating. Per Al's wishes, his body was donated to the OU Willed Body Program, so there is no visitation at the funeral home. Don Grantham Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Albert Lee "Al" was born September 14, 1939, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Earl Fowler Crabtree and Caryl Taylor Crabtree. He attended Oklahoma City schools where he was active in Band, was accepted into the Oklahoma City University Concert Band while still in High School, achieved his Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America, sang in a YMCA Boys' Choir, pitched for the Wesley United Methodist Church team in the City-wide Church Softball League, studied oboe with the principle oboist of the Oklahoma City Symphony, Kathrine Polleau, and graduated from Northwest Classen High School in 1957. He attended the University of Oklahoma, pledged Delta Upsilon fraternity, and graduated with a B.S. in Geology in 1961. Through the ROTC program at the University, he received his officer's commission as a 2nd Lt., United States Air Force. He spent the next 20 years serving his country in the United States and several duty stations around the World.
He retired in 1981 with the rank of Lt. Col. and moved to Duncan, OK, where he joined McCasland Oil Company as an exploration geologist. A few years later he began his own company, Mineral Owners Support Center and operated it until his death. While resident in Duncan, Al has performed in the fund-raising Follies and later the board of the Simmons Center, served on the Chisholm Trail Arts Council board, organized and managed the American Music Festival, was on the Duncan Little Theater board, organized, performed and led the orchestras for many DLT musicals, and played clarinet and oboe for the Chisholm Trail Municipal Band, played oboe for the Cameron University Orchestra, taught oboe occasionally for Duncan High School double-reed players, organized and played clarinet, oboe, and recorders for the Duncan Chamber Ensemble, sat in with his clarinet in various Jazz bands in the area, and in his spare time, played classical acoustic guitar.
Al is survived by his sister, Charlotte Crabtree Brooks of Oklahoma City; his wife of 56 years, Dr. Cecile Marie Gray Crabtree; sons Dr. Stephen Andrew Crabtree and his wife, Amy of Atlanta, GA, and Charles Albert Crabtree and special friend Brandy Dieutto of New Orleans, LA; grandchildren Evan Fowler Crabtree and wife Taylor of Arlington, VA, Braden Christopher Crabtree (USAF), Ann Crabtree, Chloe Reese, Preston Reese, and Zachary Crabtree; brother-in-law Stephen R.Gray and wife Alma; niece Allison Brooks Graham; nephews David W. Brooks and wife Kathleen, Chad R. Gray and wife Natalie, Scott Gray and wife Samantha; and grand-nieces and grand-nephews Jack, Ford, Sarah, and Michael Brooks, Peter Graham, and Wyatt and Levi Gray.
In memory of Al, the family requests donations to the University of Oklahoma Medical School (OUMed.edu), the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF.org), the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP.org), or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.
Published on December 27, 2017
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