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Douglas Lee Crichlow
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Birth: Nov. 26, 1948
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 2006
Marion County
Indiana, USA

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Feb. 7, 2006

Douglas Lee Crichlow Douglas Lee Crichlow, 57, died Sunday February 5. He is survived by his wife, Susan Mottis Crichlow and his daughters, Catherine A.P. Crichlow, and Jenny E.M. Crichlow. Born November 26, 1948, he was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, a community that he loved and served with notable achievements. After graduating from Broad Ripple High School in 1967 he attended DePauw University. It was at DePauw that he first met his future wife Susie, who shared many of his life's passions and who stood side-by-side with him through the joys and trials of life for 31 years of marriage. As a freshman at DePauw, fueled by his life-long passion for public safety issues, he started the DePauw Fire Company. Over the next several years the DePauw Fire Company, which began as a small volunteer fire service run by a handful of enthusiastic students, grew to become Putnam County's primary ambulance and EMT service, which eventually became known as Operation Life. After the Blizzard of 1978, then Indianapolis Mayor William H. Hudnut III, called upon Mr. Crichlow to revamp the Indianapolis-Marion County emergency planning system. He became Director of Emergency Management and Civil Defense. He served in that capacity until 1983 when he returned to the private sector as a nationally known expert in the field of emergency preparedness. In 1985 his company organized and hosted in Indianapolis the first major multi-discipline international conference on disaster and emergency management known as The World Conference on Disaster & Emergency Management. At the conference fire, police, medical, government and private sector experts in public safety from over 20 countries met for four days to discuss the planning, coordination and response to major disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and terrorism. The conference was lauded for its contribution to public safety in Time magazine in June of 1985. Mr. Crichlow was at the forefront of the philosophies of preparation and response for the kind of major disasters that have become all too common in today's headlines. Mr. Crichlow was a lifelong Conservative Republican. At the age of 15 he was already organizing area kids to hold a "Goldwater Parade" around his Broad Ripple neighborhood. He later went on to be a regular worker for the Republican Party as Vice Precinct Committeeman, volunteer for several campaigns, and as a poll worker for every election for years. Mr. Crichlow's childhood interest in the Monon Train Line that ran through Broad Ripple led to his adult advocacy for public transportation and his involvement with the Indiana Transportation Museum and the Monon Historical Society. He was preceded in death by his father Daniel M. Crichlow in 1992 and his mother Jean Clark Crichlow on January 27, 2006. In addition to his wife and children he is also survived by his sisters, Carol A. Crichlow and Anne Crichlow King, who is married to Eric R. King and his brother David C. Crichlow, who is married to Dori Patterson Crichlow. He is also survived by six nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006 at 2:00 p.m., with calling two hours prior to the service at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church at East 34th Street and Central Avenue, of which he was a lifelong member. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider donations to DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana 46135 or to Tabernacle Presbyterian Church.

Family links: 
  Daniel Myron Crichlow (1923 - 1992)
  Agnes Jean Clark Crichlow (1925 - 2006)
Note: burial: FEB 8,2006
Crown Hill Cemetery
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec: 66, Lot: 342
GPS (lat/lon): 39.82297, -86.1707
Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Dec 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45876349
Douglas Lee Crichlow
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Douglas Lee Crichlow
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Douglas Lee Crichlow
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