Roland Crowder

Roland Doyle Crowder

Wednesday, April 11th, 1928 - Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
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Longtime Alamosa resident Roland Doyle Crowder, 91, died April 7, 2020, at the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa.

Roland was born in Two Buttes, Colorado, the eldest of five children to Howard Martin Crowder and Olivia Cherry Crowder. He grew up during the dust bowl era, leaving their Eastern Colorado home in 1938 when he was in 3rd grade to settle in the San Luis Valley. As a young boy he worked the farm with his father, land that he would continue to work for over 80 years. He was an outstanding four-sport athlete in high school and college which spawned his life-long love of sports. He enjoyed pitching for Santeremos Pizza for many years and people to this day still remembered him for being one of the première pitchers in the state of Colorado in fast-pitch softball. While attending Adams State College he met the love of his life and married Catherine Dawn Brunelli on June 6, 1949, in the Methodist Church in Alamosa, Colorado. Shortly after they were married they lived at the Waverly School until 1966, when they purchased their own family farm where they resided for the next 53 years. To this union they were blessed with six children. One of his proudest accomplishments in life was being married to his wife for over 70 years.

Roland was an educator at the Waverly School for 33 years. During that time, he simultaneously held the roles of custodian, principal, coach and teacher. In 2018 he was inducted into the ASU Educator’s Hall of Fame, and to this day many of his former students say he was the best teacher they ever had. As if those jobs were not enough, he also farmed full time with his father on their adjoining farms. Together they raised livestock, potatoes, hay and various grains. He enjoyed working alongside his four sons as they grew older, many who still farm the land today. Even though he retired from teaching, he never retired from farming. He had a great passion for raising sheep, and always seemed to make at least one a pet each year. When he was no longer able to physically work on the farm, he continued to have strong input on every aspect of the daily operations, and he continued to keep the farm books until his death.

Of all the jobs he had, the role he loved the most was being a family man. His wife, kids, grandkids, and great grandkids were the most important thing in his life. He loved them fiercely and always got the biggest joy from seeing them. He was an exemplary role model, who was the finest example of a husband, father, grandfather, neighbor, teacher and friend. He lived his life with a quiet dignity and grace.

He is survived by his children Marjorie (John) Guyer of Wapello, Iowa, Lawrence Crowder, John (Karen) Crowder, Paul Crowder (Patty of Pueblo, CO), Stan (Jeannie) Crowder and Kathleen (Tim) Johnson, all of Alamosa, Colorado; his siblings Dwight (Anne) Crowder of Las Cruces, NM, Thelma Cooper of Arvada, CO, Barbara Armstrong of Alamosa, CO and Lois (Bob) Wesley of Las Cruces, New Mexico; 18 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and one on the way; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Roland is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Dawn.

A private Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, April 11th, his 92nd birthday, in the Alamosa Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his wife. A public Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave words of comfort, memories, remarks and condolences for Roland’s family, please visit .
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    Saturday, April 11th, 2020 |
    Saturday, April 11th, 2020
    Alamosa Cemetery
    2150 State Ave.
    Alamosa, Colorado 81101
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    Phillip VanderWindt
  • Interment

    Saturday, April 11th, 2020 |
    Saturday, April 11th, 2020
    City of Alamosa Cemetery
    2200 State Avenue
    Alamosa, CO 81101
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Nancy SanDoval

Posted at 10:06pm
Mr. Crowder was my 6th grade teacher at Waverly. He was the best teacher I had. I’ve always remembered him fondly. I have great memories attending Waverly School.

Neil hammer

Posted at 09:58am
So saddened to hear of the passing of Roland. He is one of the kindest persons we have know. He treated all people with respect and as his friend. We know most of his kids over the years, many through basketball, and they are a great family. We know there is a lot of sorrow at this time but also happiness in knowing he has returned to his wife after a short separation. We know each of the kids and grandkids carry pride in their hearts for him and what he was. Our condolences to each of you.

Neil and Susan Hammer

Cindy Bervig

Posted at 11:55am
To all the family of Roland,
Greg and I are so sorry for this loss and are praying for all of the family.
Kathy, it wasn't that long ago we chatted in City Market as you were shopping and comparing prices for Roland, that is a good memory for me and it was so good to see you.
Roland leaves a legacy that few men do and he will be missed by our entire community.
If there is anything we can do, please let us know.
Cindy and Greg Bervig

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