HAZARD — Crawford Tire has served the Perry County area for more than three decades. Now, as the shop prepares to close, the Crawford Family is receiving heartfelt appreciation from the community that watched Dean Crawford’s business expand from a modest shop in Bonnyman to the thriving full-service center we see today beside Hwy. 15 in Grapevine.
Dean Crawford is battling cancer. Treatment will include chemotherapy, but it is a fight he has waged before. Crawford’s initial diagnosis occurred three years ago. Now that he is battling again, Crawford has decided it is time to retire. However, Crawford might not be slowing down in his retirement, as he has plans on traveling with his wife Linda on many expeditions which they have certainly earned.
Crawford Tire remains open for the time being, as the shop sells-off inventory. Dean Crawford has been a long-time Lions Club member, holding many positions at the state and local level. He started selling tires back when he was in his thirties.
Dean Crawford built his business on the practice of treating customers the way he himself would want to be treated. As he endures chemo, and prepares to enjoy retirement after his cancer battle is over, Dean Crawford wants to express appreciation for the community he has served and calls home. The Hazard Herald will follow up, as we talk with Crawford about his life, his cancer experience and what lies ahead.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.