Well-known resident and veteran Claude Crawford passes

Tommy Comeaux and Greg Fischer

Claude Crawford, a well-respected Vietnam War veteran and a longtime and popular resident of Plaquemine, Louisiana passed away quietly at his home on Friday, Jan. 25. He was 69.

Crawford had a distinguished career with the U.S. Army, having served four tours during the war and earning an array of medals for his service there.

He served the rest of his military career at Ft. Knox, Ky., Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri, and in Germany.

After his military career, which began with his enlistment in 1968, Crawford devoted the remainder of his life to his beloved family and to other military veterans assistance.

He was the district commander of the 6th District of the American, the commander of American Legion Post 160 in Port Allen and a member of The Westside Honor Guard, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall 3785 in Addis, and Point Man Ministries.

Crawford was honored in 2017 as the grand marshal of the West Baton Rouge Parish Veterans Parade.

Among his many civic duties, Crawford worked very closely with area schools for Boys State, organized visits to the War Veterans Home in Jackson, and delivered meals to veterans.

Moreover, he delivered the Post-South newspaper for the last four years.

Even more important to his military buddies, Crawford adored and doted on his family, most of all his wife of 35 years Sandra Boudreaux Crawford and his children, Shannon and Jeff Thibodeaux.

He was also loved and was close to—and active with—his grandchildren, Kade, Bliss and Krislynn Thibodeaux and Zachery and Brooklynn Dillard. Crawford also loved his great grandchildren: Nathan, Tripp, Niles, Silas and Adler Thibodeaux and Addalyn and Carson Risinger.

Crawford was granted a military funeral with full honors on Wednesday, January 23, at Wilbert Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Westside Honor Guard. He is preceded in death by his parents, George W. and Jeanette Anderson Crawford; son, Jeff Thibodeaux; brothers in law, Dale Kinsman, Terry Blanchard and Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta.