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It was an ice-cold Saturday morning on January 30, 1958, when William and Sara Crawford were expecting a baby girl. Still, to their surprise, it was a boy, and they welcomed Michael Cullen Crawford, otherwise known as “Hammer,” into their new family.
Hammer was a very active boy, and at an early age, he accepted Christ as his savior and joined Phillips Temple CME Church. He was also a proud cub and boy scout, but he took no job more seriously than being an older brother to the newest addition to the family Scott Crawford. His younger brother would follow Michael everywhere, and in return, Michael would show him love by beating him up because he wanted Scotty to be better. As the family grew to five, so did Michaels's responsibilities, ensuring his youngest sisters, Kim and Monica, participated in the family sports activities even though he consistently cheated them out of jump rope and hopscotch victories.
His love for his family didn’t stop with his siblings. It extended to his aunts, uncles, and cousins at his grandmother’s house Big Tootie. Weekends at the home included family gatherings with cousin Terry watching Sammy Terry on an old black and white TV on the rollout couch bed. The gatherings also included friendly competitions between the parents and children that always ended in arguments because Michael and his father were very competitive.
Michael was accomplished throughout his academic career, impressing all his teachers with his visualized possibilities. He became intrigued with the stories told by church member Kenneth Moore, so after graduating from Shortridge High School, he begged and pleaded with his parents to let him attend Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. He later transferred to Indiana University Bloomington. While at IU, he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated in the Fall of 1977, Continental Vice Lords.
After his stint at IU, he found his niche with the Hoosier Lottery, displaying the strong work ethic developed by his parents. During his career with the Lottery, he met several celebrities, dignitaries, and athletes. Later in his career, he went to Marion County Center Township Trustees office. He performed multiple duties assisting the citizens of the Center Township.
Michael was a sports fanatic, especially for his hometown teams, Indiana University, Indiana Pacers, and the Indianapolis Colts. Watching the games for Hammer was a participatory event as he was cheering for the Pacers, he would often say, “Boom Baby”; cheering for the Colts, “Go Colts,” and for IU, he would say, “Kill Purdue.” His enthusiasm for sports led him to officiate football, basketball, softball, and baseball. He was known as “Candy Man” when officiating games; when parents were yelling at him, he would throw candy at them and tell them to “Suck It” for them to be quiet during the game.
Hammer was known for being the life of the party, and he LOVED Facebook having over 7,000 followers. He was known for his posts, which included funny quotes, food recommendations, and daily pictures. Michael was a fantastic cook and loved to eat, especially crab, with his brother Terry in Maryland. And in his true competitive nature, Michael finally edged his dad in cooking greens.
Michaels's love for family continued with his children; he enjoyed refereeing games with his daughter Ashley bragging that she was the best referee in the house. His son Sean was his mini-me and would often have cooking competitions to see who the best cook in the house was. But all who knew him knew the true love of his life was his one and only grandson, Cartier.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Late Honorary State Representative William Crawford.
A loving family survives Michael C. Crawford: mother, Sara Williams (Ira) of Catonsville, Maryland; step-father Morton H. Goode Jr.; son Sean Crawford; daughter Ashley Crawford; grandson Cartier Miles; all from Indianapolis, brothers Darren “Scott” Crawford (Taresa) and Ira “Terry” Williams both of Ellicott City, Maryland, special brother Edward Rogers; sisters Monica Chapman (Darrell) and Kimberly Garmany; Uncle Kenneth Crawford (Frances) all from Indianapolis; step-mothers, nieces, nephews, and a countless number of cousins and friends whom Michael touched throughout his life.