James L. Crowson

  • Born: August 3, 1938
  • Died: January 11, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705

Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

James ("Jim", "Jimbo", "Gumps") Lawrence Crowson, 80, passed away, Friday, January 11, peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born to George and Elifair Crowson on August 3, 1938 in Duncan, OK. He and his older sisters, Jackie and Wanda, grew up on their parent's farm located near Velma, OK. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1960 with a B.A. in English Literature, SMU law school in 1963, and was admitted to the Texas Bar. Jim is a Vietnam Veteran serving in the U.S. army with two years in Saigon working as the Special Agent-in-charge and Liaison Officer assigned to the 524th Counter Intelligence Detachment.

Returning from Vietnam in 1966, Jim began working for the Texas Legislative Council. In 1970 was appointed to Assistant to the President, University of Texas, Austin and then spent eight years as the Executive V.P. of the University of Texas, Dallas.

In 1980 returned to Austin as Vice Chancellor and General Counsel for the University of Texas System. In 1988, he became Executive V.P. for Lomas Financial. Jim's last position in higher education was when he and Sue moved to Lubbock where he was General Counsel & Deputy Chancellor at Texas Tech University from 1997 to 2002. For the past 15 years Jim has been with the Texas Attorney General's office in Austin providing legal counsel for 14 state agencies.

Jim is survived by his wife, Linda Sue, and a combined family of five children: James "Larry" Lawrence (Audrey) Crowson, Jr., Jason (Belinda Arnaud) Crowson, Kristi (John) Dent, Kim (Kenneth) Osborn, Chad (Kim) Johnson; eight grandchildren: Tyler, Jackson, Haley, Payton, Alex, Brooklyne, Alex and Marshall; great grandchild, Brooklynne and many beloved nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister, Wanda Simpson of Velma, OK and the family dog, Charlee, always by Jim's side.

Jim once commented about his early years in Oklahoma saying, "thank God for the early lessons I learned growing up, at home, in school and at work for these lessons served me well throughout my life. All in all, I've done pretty darn well for an Oklahoma farm boy".

A celebration of life will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX. at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019. Burial will immediately follow at the Texas State Cemetery. All are welcome. The Crowson family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who took excellent care of Jim. Family and friends will always remember Jim's patience, humility, kindness and everlasting love for family and belief in God.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our profound sympathy to the family of Jim Crowson. He was a great man and a great leader. He had a friendly demeanor and people just naturally gravitated to him. We hope that in time your grief will turn to your precious memories of your life together.
Mike & Sharon Millsap

Posted by Mike Millsap - Bee Cave, TX   March 06, 2019

Dear Sue, Nick and I are very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a real good guy. We always enjoyed his company. Our sincere sympathy to you.
Lynne and Nick Kralj

Posted by Lynne Kralj - Austin, TX - Friend   January 31, 2019

To the Crowson Family,

My deep condolences to you and your family on your loss. It was my sincere pleasure to work with Jim. Over many years, Jim provided great counsel to current and past members of the Finance Commission. I appreciated his candor, knowledge and sage advice. I valued our relationship and will truly miss him.

Stacy G. London
Finance Commission member

Posted by Stacy London - Houston, TX - Coworker   January 25, 2019

Dearest Sue and Family,
We are all so saddened by Jim's passing and want you to know how much you're in our prayers. Your memories will give you peace, so treasure the wonderful life you had together.
We love you!
Kim, Layne, Tessa and family

Posted by KIM & Layne LAURITZEN - AUSTIN, TX   January 24, 2019

Posted by Kim & Layne Lauritzen - Austin, TX   January 24, 2019

Miss you terribly❤

Posted by Sue Crowson - Austin, TX - Family   January 24, 2019


To The Crowson family: I am so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. It was my pleasure to have worked with Mr. Crowson in the Administrative Law Division. He was one of my favorite attorneys. He was a man whom I respect and admire tremendously. He asked for everything with a smile always and was grateful for everything. We will miss him greatly and cherish our memories with him.

Posted by Benita Reyes - Buda, TX - Coworker   January 24, 2019

Dear Suzie and the Crowson family.
On behalf of the Commissioners, Executive Director, and Staff of the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications our condolences and deepest sympathies for your loss. Jim was a dear friend, colleague, and trusted advisor to the Commission. Jim's contributions to Texas law, higher education, and state agencies are matched only by his humility, generosity, and genuine regard for others. We will miss our dear friend. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Patrick Tyler - Austin, TX - Coworker   January 24, 2019


Lieutenant L. Crowson (HPD),

My condolences to you and your entire family. May your family take comfort in knowing that God will see you through this time in your lives. God bless!

-Kat (Katherina C. Estrada)

Posted by Katherina Estrada - Pearland, TX - Coworker   January 23, 2019

Lieutenant Crowson,

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad was so accomplished. God bless you and your family.

Posted by Michele Pak - Houston, TX - Coworker   January 23, 2019

Thanks so much for your true friendship and your love and support of the University of Texas.

Posted by William Lyons - Austin, TX - coworker   January 23, 2019

Larry, I'm thinking of you and your family and keeping you in my prayers.

Posted by Julie Manfre - Houston, TX - Coworker   January 23, 2019

Our condolences and Gods blessings to you and your family.

Gorde MacIntosh, Coworker

Posted by Gorde MacIntosh - Kty, TX - Friend   January 22, 2019

Larry, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Tolan Harding - Houston, TX - Friend   January 22, 2019


I am sorry for your loss LT, my prayers are with you and family.

Posted by Carolina Diaz - Coworker   January 22, 2019


Larry.. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

Posted by Victor Senties - Houston, TX - Coworker   January 22, 2019

I was saddened to learn of Jim's passing. Jim and I worked together at the Texas Attorney General's Office some years ago. I recall that we all benefited from Jim's vast legal expertise, and enjoyed his ready sense of humor. Jim was a gracious gentleman lawyer who left the world a better place. Thank you for the fond memories, Jim.

Posted by Joseph Pitner - Lakeway, TX - Coworker   January 22, 2019

One of the finest men I've ever known. It was a blessing to have had him representing us at The Texas State Cemetery. My condolences to the family.....

Posted by Scotty Sayers - austin, TX   January 22, 2019

I met Jim in the 70's while working for UTMB legislative issues. He was a great guy,straight shooter with integrity and humility.It was my privilege to get to know Jim and call him a friend. My sympathy to Sue and the Crowson family.

Posted by Don Stevens - League City, TX - Friend   January 20, 2019

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