88R7109 JGH-D
  By: Price H.R. No. 569
         WHEREAS, A life dedicated to the service of the Lone Star
  State drew to a close with the death of the Honorable Richard Lee
  Crawford of Amarillo on July 18, 2022, at the age of 71; and
         WHEREAS, Rick Crawford was born in San Antonio on March 6,
  1951, to Jack and Dolores Crawford, and he grew up with two
  brothers, Michael and Steve Crawford, two stepbrothers, Johnny and
  Scott Johnson, and a stepsister, Paula; he was raised in Fort Worth
  and Amarillo and graduated from Tascosa High School, where he was a
  star player on the football team; and
         WHEREAS, An alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin,
  Mr. Crawford was a devoted member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity
  and worked his way through college as a real estate agent; after
  graduating in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in business
  administration, he settled in Amarillo and embarked on a successful
  career in commercial real estate; and
         WHEREAS, In 1988, Mr. Crawford was elected to represent
  District 87 in the Texas House of Representatives, and during his
  two terms in the legislature, he co-sponsored and helped to pass a
  number of business-friendly bills, including the Worker's
  Compensation Reform Bill, as well as the Wilson-Crawford Bill,
  which established the Texas Lottery; he was a member of the
  government efficiency, state affairs, county affairs, and public
  safety committees, and he was vice chair of the public safety
  subcommittee on budget and oversight; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Crawford went on to serve as special assistant
  to House Speaker Pete Laney, and he represented the speaker on the
  Texas Bond Review Board and oversaw the $192 million restoration of
  the Capitol; in 1995, he was appointed as executive director of the
  Texas State Preservation Board, where he played a vital role in the
  design and development of the $78 million Bob Bullock Texas State
  History Museum; during his tenure at the preservation board, he
  also oversaw the South Capitol Grounds Project and the
  redevelopment of the Capitol's parking system; and
         WHEREAS, In 2003, Mr. Crawford resumed his career in
  commercial real estate in Amarillo, and that same year, he married
  his longtime love, Janis "JR" Wilson; the couple delighted in
  spending time with friends and following the fortunes of the Texas
  Longhorns; they were members of First Presbyterian Church, and
  Mr. Crawford was also active with the Amarillo Association of
  Realtors and other trade groups; and
         WHEREAS, Rick Crawford lived a rich and purposeful life
  devoted to his family, his profession, and his fellow citizens, and
  he leaves behind a legacy of service that will continue to inspire
  all those who knew and loved him; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 88th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Richard Lee
  Crawford and extend heartfelt sympathy to the members of his
  family: to his wife, JR Wilson; to his brothers, Michael Crawford
  and his wife, Barbara, and Steve Crawford and his wife, Lynn; to his
  sister-in-law, Carol; to his brother-in-law, Charley; to his
  stepsister, Paula; to his nephews and nieces, Stephen, Chase, Eric,
  Courtney, Caley, and Sarah; and to his other relatives and many
  friends; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Richard Lee