Othal Dale (O.D.) Crowl

O.D. Crowl was born Aug. 14, 1932 to Ila Pearl (Gregory) and David Othal Crowl in Butler, Oklahoma. He departed his earthly life on Sept. 27, 2020 at the age of 88, in the presence of his loving family.

In 1952, he married the love of his life, Carole Joy Hamblin. O.D. met Carole when she was picking cotton as a teenager in Butler, Oklahoma. Standing in the back of the truck, O.D. dumped the cotton sacks for Carole and her friend, Ruth. Later that evening, dragging main street, the two began a relationship that lasted nearly 70 years. The rest is history!

O.D. and Carole were married Aug. 17, 1952. He was drafted into the Army in December 1952 and became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Green Berets. Committed to the Army Reserves most of his life, O.D. retired as an E-8 Master Sergeant in 1992, always proud to be a soldier!

Carole and O.D. had three children: David Paul (1955), Debra Ann (1956) and Diana Marlene (1958). O.D. was big brother to Jessie Ray, Jewel (Judy) Maxine Crowl Harper and Doris Ann Crowl Coker.

They were the dance winners of “who’s been married the longest” at many wedding receptions. O.D. and Carole loved to dance the jitterbug and two-step. He enjoyed classic cars and won many trophies for his 1948 Studebaker and 1957 Ford T-Bird.

O.D. was a sharp dressed man and no matter the weather, he was always in a pair of cowboy boots and hat throughout his lifetime. He was an avid reader and history buff, he had a love of horses, farming and raising cattle.

O.D. had a long career in automobile sales. In the 1960s, O.D. and Jack Smith owned a Buick-Pontiac dealership in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Once they sold the dealership, O.D. started a large custom combining operation that took him from southern Oklahoma and went as far north as Baker, Montana, for 11 years. He would custom harvest milo, corn and wheat. This is how he and his family moved to Yuma, Colorado, in 1969. In 1983, O.D. and Carole moved to Weston, Texas, and eventually settled in Van Alstyne, Texas.

In Yuma, O.D. worked at Korf Chevrolet. He always had a deal for you and was known for the ability to sell ice to an Eskimo! He’d trade a horse as a down payment for a car. O.D. wouldn’t buy anything without haggling over the price. O.D. won a trip to Spain, and newfound friends nicknamed him “el cheapo” on the trip. He later started Yuma Truck Sales.

O.D. was a pilot most of his life and would fly his family to family events, truck sales, and car auctions. He taught Davey to fly.

O.D. is preceded in death by his parents, Ila Pearl and David Othal Crowl; Carole’s parents, Paul “Bill” and Bernice “Pauline” (Goodman) Hamblin; brother and sister-in-law Jesse and Wanda Crowl; sister and brother-in-law Judy and Gene Harper; brother-in-law Bob Hamblin; brother-in-law Billy Ray Hamblin and wife Delores and son-in-law Rick Thornhill.

O.D. leaves his loving wife of 68 years, Carole, and his children, Davey and Deanne, Debbie and Diana and sister-in-law, Faye Hamblin. Nephews Brad (Ann) Hamblin, Monte (Nancy) Hamblin, Bobby Jr. (Mary) Hamblin, Billy (Delores) Hamblin, Greg (Cathy) Harper, Brad Baker, Gary ‘Scooter’ Coker and Mike (Debi) Crowl. Nieces Patty Harper, Cindy (Matt) Mulder, Terri Wall, Carma Dee and Glenda Hamblin

O.D. leaves grandchildren Kelly Crowl, Season (Brad) Parker, James (Liz) Munster, Tucker Thornhill, Regan Crowl and Genny Pritchett, along with the great-grands Brittney, Maddy and Braydon Parker, and Jaxon and Emme Munster.

A memorial service is being held on Oct. 3, 2020, at 3 p.m. at the First Christian Church on 274 S. Waco St., in Van Alstyne, Texas 75495.

Posted online on September 29, 2020