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Crowder's Ashes to be Scattered in Boulder

October 23, 2008
CU report: Crowder's ashes to be scattered in Boulder By B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News (Contact) Published October 15, 2008 at 10:10 p.m. Text size 0 Comments Email Print Cliff Grassmick / Boulder Daily Camera Kate Crowder, center, wife of the late Eddie Crowder, said the former University of Colorado football coach's ashes will be scattered in three places, including Folsom Field. More College SportsCU report: Freshman Stewart eyes 1,000-yard mark CSU report: San Diego State picks up the pieces Tough five-game stretch for Falcons begins with Lobos More stories » Of the places graced by Eddie Crowder during his 77 years, three provided the fondest memories - Muskogee, Okla.; Owen Field in Norman, Okla.; and Folsom Field on the University of Colorado campus. Kate Crowder, his widow, plans to scatter her late husband's ashes at those sites. "When he was so sick, he initially didn't want to talk about it," she said Wednesday. "But I finally told him I wanted mine scattered in Boulder Canyon, somewhere near the Red Lion Inn, where we had lots of really good times. "He finally relented and picked those three places." The three sites were important to him because he was reared in Muskogee, then excelled playing quarterback at Oklahoma under legendary coach Bud Wilkinson and later enjoyed similar success coaching football and serving in athletic administration at CU. Typical of Eddie, Kate said, he wanted nothing to be ceremonial about the scattering of his ashes: "He wanted it all to be low-key." She said the widow of one of Eddie's former Sooners teammates, Billy Vessels, and several other close friends will meet her next week at Owen Field in Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the Oklahoma campus. Kate Crowder said she likely will give a portion of Eddie's ashes to those friends, who will scatter them in Muskogee. She was uncertain when she might visit Folsom Field, where Crowder's teams compiled a 67-49-2 record in 11 seasons. Eddie Crowder died Sept. 9 at Exempla Health Center in Lafayette from complications of leukemia. About 1,000 people attended a memorial service for him at Folsom Field the next Saturday, when CU had an open date.