March 20, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

A second memorial on Bay Area Boulevard stands out. It’s only a few blocks from the 2016 memorial for Joseph Lesky that I wrote about recently.   Set on the median under a canopy of tall trees, this memorial is a fixed wooden cross decorated with a wreath and the word “Faith.” A metal plaque at the center is faded but the lettering is still decipherable. “In Loving Memory of Chris Crawford.”

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The lettering on the metal plaque is etched, otherwise the rest of the faded text may have been obliterated by weathering. “Born - June 19, 1970, Died - Dec. 3, 1993, You will live in our hearts forever.” Several attempts to locate information about this person or event proved fruitless. In the days before the internet, a post for an event like this would have to come from a local news archive. From what I can tell, media outlets in the Clear Lake area may not have been uploaded yet to the internet.

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The story has to be gleaned from the limited on site information. It is clear that this place was the scene of a vehicle accident that happened over two decades ago. Chris Crawford, a young man in his twenties lost his life. Family or friends anchored a solid wood cross and continue to paint it white. The wreath and cut-out letters spelling “Faith” are a bit faded. They most likely have been on site for at least a month or two. And the etched plaque, though faded, offers a hint of the story to anyone who takes the time to stop and notice. Just watch out for the fire ant mound at the base of the cross.

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Bay Area Boulevard near the intersection of University Park Drive, Clear Lake, Texas.

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