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Posted on: September 11, 2020

City mourns the death of former Recreation Superintendent Judy Crawford

Judy Crawford

South Lake Tahoe, CA – Former Recreation Superintendent Judy Crawford has passed away. She worked for the City from 1974 until 2003 and was the first woman to hold that position.

Crawford was also the President of Great Ideas for Tahoe, or GIFT, during her time here.

Born in New Orleans, LA, in 1948, she lived around the country until she settled here in South Lake Tahoe. She started work for the City as a Recreation Supervisor and was eventually promoted to Recreation Superintendent. What she loved the most, teaching young kids how to swim.

In her personal life she loved to make quilts, knit sweaters, and was never without a wiener dog. 

She loved this town, the people here, and left South Lake Tahoe better than she found it.

Crawford was diagnosed with Parkinson’s when she was 50 years old, but 21 years later, she never stopped fighting.

She will be missed by her husband Russell, and all the people who loved her, worked with her, and helped by her during her life.

The City will be lowering flags to half-staff from September 14-18 in her memory.