On Dec. 23, 1940, Mickey, as his family called him, was born to Lawrence and Agnes Crenshaw in Long Jack, Missouri. The oldest of ten children, Mickey spent his youth in Missouri before moving to Alderpoint with his family in 1954. His father worked in the sawmills and Mickey hunted to help feed his family. At the tender age of 16, Mickey went to work in the Alderpoint sawmill as a “pond monkey,” pushing the logs to the slip to be processed.
That same year he met and began dating Rosealee Loghry. They dated for two years before marrying in Alderpoint in 1960. Over the next seven years, they lived in the Humboldt County area while raising their first five children, moving from Alderpoint to Blue Lake and then on to McKinleyville before moving back to Missouri to be with the rest of his family. In 1969 the family moved back to the Alderpoint area, where Mickey resided for the next 40 years.
In addition to having another three children, Mickey spent his earlier years driving logging trucks for numerous local companies before becoming a commercial fisherman. He fished his boat “Ida Bell” out of the Woodley Island Marina for many years, often having one of his five sons as his first mate. After he retired from fishing, Mickey continued to sport fish with his kids and grandkids. Having recently acquired the bass-fishing bug he turned his little aluminum “dinghy” into a bass boat, or “The Yacht” as he called it. He had spent a great day fishing on his “yacht” on June 5, 2009, trying to catch “the one that got away” with his wife and grandson before passing away at the age of 68.
He has gone on to meet his parents, Lawrence and Agnes Crenshaw; brothers, Bill and Glen; sister, Shirley Ann and daughter Linda. He will forever be missed by his wife of 48 years, Rosealee Crenshaw; children Tammie Crenshaw and husband Bryan, Dean Crenshaw, Mickey Crenshaw and partner Cassandra, Bobby Crenshaw and wife Sumer, Ricky Crenshaw and partner Natasha, Lisa Music and husband Brandon, Tim Crenshaw and wife Ashtin; grandchildren, Mark Goergen, Daniel Goergen, Christian Goergen, Curtis Crenshaw, Kira Knust, Trinity Crenshaw, Lindsay Kemp, Shawn Hooven, Lauren Lovejoy, Cameron Sands, Hannah Crenshaw, Alyssa Richardson, Cassidy Crenshaw, R.J. Crenshaw, Laney Crenshaw, Brody Crenshaw, Dylan Music, Ryan Music, and Cervin Crenshaw; great-grandchildren, Caitlin Kemp, Hannah Kemp, Justin Kemp and Keyara Lovejoy; siblings, Marie Bigger and husband Jerry, Sue Meyers, Ellen Ward and husband Leonard, Alma Kidd and husband Sonny, and his baby sister Carol; lifelong friends, Mike Pitts and Floyd Wyatt, as well as his many cousins, nieces and nephews. The memory of his life will fill us with happiness until the day we meet again.
Services were held Friday, June 12 at the Chapel of the Ferns, Eureka. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Park in Eureka. A Celebration of Life gathering was held at the Crenshaw residence in Alderpoint.