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Wayne Crowell


January 12, 2022

Wayne Crowell

Wayne Crowell died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Athens, Ga. at the age of 81

Wayne Allen Crowell was born Nov. 25, 1940 to Carl and Lorraine (Rambow) Crowell in Sterling. Wayne attended Dailey Grade School until the fifth grade at which time his father Carl and stepmother Leora (Gueck) Crowell moved to a farm one mile west and a half mile south of Haxtun. Wayne then completed grade school and high school in Haxtun. Wayne always enjoyed animals and was an FFA State Farmer in high school and a jockey and rodeo participant at county fairs.

He graduated from Haxtun High school in 1958 and entered Colorado State University. He obtained a B.S. and DVM in 1964 from CSU and thus became the third individual from the Haxtun farm to become a Veterinarian (two sons of the previous owner, Mr. Ramsay, were also Veterinary graduates of CSU). Wayne met his first wife, Mary Linn Scott, at CSU and they were married in 1962.

Following graduation he was in private practice in Glasgow, Ky and Colorado Springs until U.S. Army service (1966 to 1968). He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and after military service spent two years as a field research Veterinarian in industry in Indiana. He then returned to academics at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia where he obtained the PhD in Veterinary Pathology and became a Diplomat in the American College of Veterinary Pathology. He spent 30 years in research, service and education at the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University. He was honored with teaching awards at both institutions (including National Student AVMA awards, Charles Davis teaching award, Josiah Meigs award at UGA, Norden Distinguished Teaching awards and Phi Zeta teaching awards).

Dr. Crowell was an American Veterinary Medical Association honor roll member. He was a member and elder of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Athens, Georgia.

He and his family all earned degrees at the University of Georgia; his wife Mary Linn (M.S.), his daughter Cheryl Linn (B.S.) and his son George Scott (B.S. and M.D.) All were lifelong fans of the Georgia Bulldogs athletic teams (same mascot and colors as Haxtun High School). Mary Linn died of lymphoma in 1996 and Wayne retired in 1998.

Wayne married Marsha (Ginsberg, Loudermilk) in 1997. Marsha was the widow of Cliff Loudermilk who was a Veterinarian that died of cancer.

He is survived by children Cheryl and husband Chris Devaney, Athens, and Dr. Scott Crowell and wife Sheila Crowell, Athens; grandsons Nicholas and wife Mataia Crowell, Preston Devaney, Garrett Devaney, Jonathan Crowell and Dillon Crowell; great-granddaughter Lorena Crowell; second wife Marsha and her three daughters Mason Loudermilk, Marti and husband Charlie Garber and Marin and husband Charles Felz as well as their six grandchildren Cliff Garber, Clay Garber, Quinn Garber, Avery Felz, Landon Felz and Waylen Loudermilk.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; stepmother Leora, sister Cheryl Plummer; brother Gary Crowell Harding and first wife Mary Linn.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the CSU Class of 1964 Scholarship, College of Veterinary Medicine, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 80523 or Mary Linn Crowell Scholarship, College of Veterinary Medicine, Univ of GA, Athens, GA 30602.

Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens is in charge of arrangements.


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