In Memory

Charles Paul Crowley - Class Of 1945

Charles Paul Crowley

Charles Paul Crowley, Jr., January 12, 1928 - December 10, 2012.  Civic leader, engineer, and lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley.  Born in Long Beach, California to Charles P. Crowley, Sr. of Springfield, Massachusetts and Agnes (Leary) Crowley of Lexington, MA. 

Crowley grew up in the cities of San Gabriel and Alhambra.  He attended St. Therese School in Alhambra and graduated from South Pasadena-San Marino High School in 1945, playing tennis and football.  He was an Eagle Scout in Troop 15 in Alhambra.  Crowley graduated in 1949 from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He was a member of the US Army ROTC and the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.  Crowley served in the US Army in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia from 1950-52.  He married the former Marie Kreuper of Alhambra in 1951 and moved to San Marino in 1961.

Professionally, Crowley was president of the Charles P. Crowley Company of Irwindale from 1962-1995.  The company continues today in its 81st year as a manufacturers representative for engineered equipment for the water, wastewater, petrochemical, and power industries.  He was a professional engineer and a life member of several trade organizations.

Crowley's involvement with the City of San Marino began as a teenage worker in Lacy Park in 1946.  Informally known as Mr. San Marino, he served as SM's representative to the Sanitation Districts of LA County.  His role in the preservation of the historic Thurnher House in Lacy Park was one of his proudest achievements.  The 2013 San Marino centennial book is dedicated to his memory.  A lifelong lover of high school football, Crowley was the football game announcer at SMHS from 1975-2006.  He was president of the SMHS Football Boosters Club and attended every San Marino-South Pasadena High School rivalry football game from 1955-2012, a streak of 58 games.  The trophy for the game was renamed the Crowley Cup in 2010. 

Crowley is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marie; son Jon and daughter-in-law Carolyn (Wagner) Crowley of San Marino, and three grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his daughter, Claire Marie Crowley in 1979.

Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2012