Great-grandfather fulfills sky diving wish at age 91

Warren Crawford, 91, of Oklahoma City, took to the skies Saturday over Cushing and jumped from an airplane with his two sons.
By ADAM KEMP akemp@opubco.com Published: November 18, 2012
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The urge to free fall through the sky still intrigued Crawford though, so after he was out of the war he approached his wife with the idea.

She said no, and Crawford never pushed it.

“That's why they were married for 71 years,” Steve Crawford said. “He knew when she said ‘no', she meant it.”

But Helen didn't say never, and Crawford silently held onto his dream. The two went on to have three kids and traveled the world while Crawford made a living selling fire hydrants across the country.

The two were also health nuts, working out at their local YMCA every day. Crawford still can do about 50 chin-ups that leave the younger guys at the gym with their mouths agape.

Crawford lost his wife in June, just a short time after their 71st anniversary.

Things have been quieter around the house for Crawford. He still goes to the YMCA every day and does a fairly decent job of keeping the house clean, but he says he thinks about Helen frequently.

He said he knew if he was ever going to fulfill his wish of sky diving, that he'd better get to it soon. So he called up Bud and Steven and told them about it. They agreed to join him.

“After mom passed away, he brought it up pretty quickly,” Bud said. “We are all up to different adventures, and I figured if he was up for the challenge that I would go along with him to jump out of the airplane.”

Warren said before his jump that he wasn't nervous, just eager to feel that rush.

As his family waited outside the hangar of Oklahoma Skydiving Center with their necks craned toward the sky, T.J., Crawford's 12-year-old great-grandson, said he wished his great-grandmother could have been here to see the jump.

“It's really neat that he's finally getting to do this because he's been waiting for a long time,” T.J. said. “I think she would've actually really liked to have been here.”