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Douglas Elwain "D.E." Crumley

Obituary for Douglas Elwain "D.E." Crumley

March 19, 1921 - November 4, 2018
Buda, Texas | Age 97

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Douglas Elwain (D.E.) Crumley, 97, resident of Buda, passed away on November 4, 2018 at home. He was born to Euell Crumley (23) and Prudie Killebrew Crumley (21) on March 19,1921 in Teck, TX. D.E. grew up around Haynie Flats in the Spicewood area and along Crumley Ranch Road in Dripping Springs with five siblings. D.E. met Nova Jane (Babe) Bond and they married on May 26, 1943. They were married for 72 years before Nova's passing on June 12, 2013. At age 18, he helped to relocate a cemetery before Mansfield Dam was built and Lake Travis was created and often retold the story to friends and family. D.E. enlisted in the Army on June 18, 1942. He worked as a cook, trained as a medic, and was stationed in Monterey, California. During that time, he and Nova both worked in the fish canneries in the Monterey area. While he was in training, moving from one army camp to another, Nova would meet up with him in each new place. He was honorably discharged on January 16, 1946. In 1948, they bought property in the Kyle area and ran a dairy farm for many years.

In 1965 he and Nova left the dairy farm to open and operate D.E. Crumley Grocery on the newly built IH-35. The store was an Austin landmark once known for its impressive Christmas light display. He said that putting up Christmas lights for the public was a family tradition, started by his mom and dad "at the home place". The Austin American Statesman once said that "people didn't fall in love with the store's produce, but rather Mr. Crumley's charm". Store visitors will remember the Texas Mongoose that he loved to show off and used to initiate first-time visitors. In July 1980 Texas Monthly listed the store under Best Christmas Decorations in their article "The Best Strikes Back" and mentioned it again in 1982 stating it took "D.E. Crumley four days to string the 2400 lights". D.E. was quoted as saying he'd like to continue, but "at my age (61), you don't commit to anything". Over the years various television stations sent reporters out to interview D.E. during the Christmas season. You can reminisce and view several articles and videos of D.E. and the store if you search online for "D.E. Crumley Grocery". Musical videos shot at the store included "Guitars, Cadillacs" for Dwight Yoakam and "God Bless Texas" for Little Texas. When the store was sold, he continued the Christmas light tradition at his home in Kyle with an even larger display. Over the years many families made it their tradition to drive up the long driveway to see the lights and often "Crumley" (as many referred to him) would be shout "merry Christmas" and hand out candy to the children. Even though he insisted that he wasn't going to put up the lights anymore, D.E. continued turning on and adding to the lights every year, including last Christmas.

D. E. Crumley was a loving, kind man who never met a stranger. He helped many people throughout the years at the store and beyond. His family will never forget the many memories that they shared with him. He is survived by his son, Kevin D. Crumley and wife Nancy L. Crumley; his daughter, Kasandra P. Wood and husband Robert O. Wood; his granddaughter, Kimberly M. Norton and husband Jeremy R. Norton, and their two children, Jackson and Jared; his granddaughter, Katherine T. Sevon and husband Matthew J. Sevon, and their daughter, Eniah; his granddaughter, Tana R. Harper and husband Joshua T. Harper and their son Roarke;and his granddaughter, Eileen L. Crumley and fiance David Haecker.

Thanks to loyal friends who stood by and helped care for him and the place over the years: Frank, Michelle, Hopie. Many thanks also to Candy Cox, who helped Kassie and Kevin care for D.E. in the final weeks of his life.

He will be dearly missed. A viewing will be held from 9:00 am - 10:00 am and the Memorial Service will begin at 10:00 am on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress, Austin, TX 78704. Interment will follow at White Rock Cemetery, Bee Caves, Texas.

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