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August 23, 2017
Carl Crisp
Posted On: Feb 15, 2017

This man was my neighbor. I was told he helped build the house i now live in way back in the 70's, which sits about 40 yards from his own home. I did not know him well, as i have only lived in the house for a short time. But in reading his obituary i discovered he was a Boilermaker. That immediately moved me to try and find out which Local Carl worked out of. I went through the Local 104 archives, and easily found Carl's dispatch records dating back to 1954. He was a 104 member. Carl was a Welder, a Rigger, and a Mechanic. What a great thing it would have been to talk with Carl about his time in the Boilermakers. Had i known i would most likely have run out to try and start a conversation with him every time i saw him mowing his lawn, which was often, Carl appeared to love mowing his lawn. Although i did not know him as a friend, or even a close acquaintance, he was my brother. Rest in Peace Brother Crisp.                        

--Brian Self


Carl Crisp

November 6, 1922-
February 11, 2017

On Friday 11, 2017, Carl Crisp passed away peacefully at his home in Big Lake. 

He was born in Big Lake on November 6, 1922.

He met and married Grace Claymore on August 12, 1950. They remained in Big Lake where they raised their family of five children.

Carl entered the military during World War II, joining the Army Air Force.

In his younger years he worked as a logger, commercial fisherman and other trades. At the age of 40 he entered the Boilermakers Union of which he worked until he retired. 

Carl enjoyed many outdoor things, such as bow hunting, gardening and especially vegetable gardening. But, most of all he loved the sport of fly fishing. "Always" in search of the "Mighty Steelhead." He had fished all the rivers that had steelhead in Washington and many surrounding states. He discovered rivers in British Columbia, but it was the "Kispiox River" in western British Columbia that was his favorite. Carl had many lifelong friends and many of those friendships were made while fishing.

Carl is survived by his children that he and Grace raised at their home in Big Lake: Pat Wardell, Cyndi Russell, Nancy Crisp, Joli Tewalt and John Crisp; a daughter Vicki Park in Bellingham; a brother John Weppler of Big Lake; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Grace, his parents, brothers, sisters and many other family members.

There will be a Graveside Service on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Mount Vernon Cemetery at 1:30PM, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Big Lake Church of the Nazarene in Big Lake off Highway 9, of which Carl was a devout member for 30 years. 

Carl remained completely independent until he passed away. 

Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon.

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