Crowder, William "Bill" Theron, a 3 year resident of Torrance and most previously of Palm Springs, CA, passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2010 in Torrance. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Bill was 77 when he died. He served in the US. Air Force from 1951-1962. He joined the City of Vallejo Fire Dept. in 1962 and retired as Fire Captain in 1989. He was an avid reader and could always be found with a book. Louis L'Amour was his favorite author. He enjoyed traveling through the deserts of the western United States. Bill is survived by his son, Craig (Gayle) Crowder of Manhattan Beach, CA; daughter, Debra Grant of Vallejo, CA; son, Wayne Crowder of Vallejo, CA; step-daughter, Mary Jane (Randy) Martin of Napa, CA; sister, Dorothy (Eldon) Hill of Lake Elsinore, CA; 6 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lena and Lowell Crowder; son, William Crowder, Jr., and brother, John Crowder. The Memorial Service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel in Torrance, CA on Friday December 10, 2010 at 1:30pm. A reception in the Lighthouse Room follows until 4:30pm. Private burial will take place at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Riverside. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Assn.

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  1. I remember when Bill was a fine member and good friend at the Hermosa Beach Rotary Club. My sympathies go out to the family and friends.

  2. The retirement of William Crowder in 1989 from the Vallejo Fire Department allowed me to get hired as a Firefighter. During my career I’ve heard many good things about Captain Crowder. The Vallejo Fire Department, Citizens of Vallejo and I thank him for all the years he served the City of Vallejo. Captain Lionel Vallejo Fire Department

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