George Hyde Crosby Wednesday, January 19, 1927 - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Born in Ely, Nevada to two young parents, George grew up in love and poverty. His parents needed him to work to help support the family and, so, as an 8 year old boy he was sent to the hills of Wyoming to be a sheepherder. Once a week, the supply wagon would bring him food and ammunition for his shotgun and rifle. The 50 cents a week would go to help his parents to support their growing family. At age 15 he left Wyoming and moved to California on his way to Alaska. He never made Alaska but ended up working in the shipyards in California. Again, the money he made helped support his parents. The day he turned 17, he enlisted in the US Navy and began his training to fly the Hellcat. After WW II, he went to BYU on a football scholarship. After graduating, he went to the University of Utah law school. While going to law school, he met and married the woman of his dreams, Nadine Potter. The two were happily married for 50 years before she passed away. She was the joy of his life. Into his hectic life she brought love and calmness. She always accepted him and loved him. After Nadine’s passing, George remarried a wonderful lady named Dorothy Keefe. They had 5 wonderful years before she passed away. George started his career as a seed hauler and then became a bank teller. From there he rose up through the ranks before eventually becoming a Senior Vice President with Mid State Bank. He joined Maguire Investments and became a stock broker. He and his son Marc later formed Crosby Investment Group and it was the crown jewel of his work experience. He was a strong and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life and he passed his love of his Heavenly Father on to all of his children. He served in the Los Angeles temple for more than 20 years. Throughout his life he was generous to all. When he was broke, he helped others. When he was wealthy, he helped others. His generosity is legend. He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club for over 50 years. He is survived by his four children: Janet Coon married to Steve of Paradise, Utah; Kent Crosby married to Lisa of Victorville, California; Mary Miller married to Richard of Lehi, Utah; and Marc Crosby of Santa Maria, California. He also has 36 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren who all love and adore him. He is also survived by his siblings Jo Crosby, Ross Crosby, Janice Quaney, and Karen Powell. His passing has caused great sorrow here on earth but great rejoicing in heaven. He always had a strong testimony of God and family. He will be missed. There will be a viewing Saturday July 15th at 9am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Oak Knolls chapel immediately followed by the funeral at 10am


We only knew George through the business but we liked his sense of humor.  I  came close to sharing his birth year. I was born in 1932.  I didn't herd sheep but I herded cattle and worked in a variety of jobs while growing up.  We know that you, Mark must have had a very close relationship with your Dad and it is never easy to have them leave.  We all have to cross that line into the next world.  I know with his as well as your deep religious beliefs, it is somehow less painful.  I hope that over time it will become less painful and the memoories of the good things he did will come to the forefront.  We want to take this opportunity to thank both of you for the things you have done for us in our portfolio.  Rest assured that we will remember George in our prayers.

Sincerely,

Carol and John Gildea

I met George through our time together on the Santa Maria Philharmonic board of directors.  George was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, and always kind and cheerful.  Rest in peace...Mike Swann

 

 

Shirley Brueckner and the family are so sorry for your loss. We have wonderful memories of our old neighborhood friend, going back a long way. Hoping you find peace and comfort in the following days.

The world lost a great human being when your dad passed.  We always thought highly of him and appreciated the special interest he took in us, and we will dearly miss him.

We are the family of Susan Jacobson.  George met our mother many years ago as she was trying to secure a loan for one of her tenants.  Over the years the friendship grew to include our entire family.  George convinced Sue Jacobson to invest in Mid State Bank.  Then she convinced all 3 of her chilldren to also invest in Mid State Bank.  As our children grew they  would look at any Mid State Bank building and say: "Mudder Budder (what they called Mom) says this is our college education".  That was very true.

As our family grew, George became the beloved uncle who invested for four gnerations of our family.  He taught us the value of spending time with your children and grand children.  For the Shannon family it became trips somewhere in the world as our grand children were 12 or 13.  We can only say that George was an increible man who has helped our family tremendously.  We have been able to do things we never imagined.  Most of all, we became very confident adults thanks to George's mentoring.

Know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family.  Thank you so much for sharing George with us.

With great love,

The Family of Susan Jacobson:  Basil & Melba Sue Shannon (Steve & Susie), Leon and Idamae Isaacs (Julie & Kevin), Sunny(Jesse) Jacobson (Jesse & Sara), 

I knew George for many years as we shared many years in Kiwanis, both as members and Lt. Governor's; his favorite thing was to pay "fines"with Crosby dollars (quarters). He always had an excellent wit and smile that made you feel right at home. He was an asset to the community and sang with the Central City Chordsmen for many years. It was an honor and priviledge to call George a friend.

Dear Marc and family,

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Father, my deepest  condolences to you and your  family.  Sincerely 

We considered it a priviledge and a blessing to get to know George after Adam and Laura were married.  The few times we saw him we could feel his jovial and loving spirit and he made us feel like we fit right into the family.  Once while in vacation in California we attended the Los Angeles temple and were surprised to run into George who was serving as a temple worker that day!  He recognized us right away and embraced us with a big loving hug.  It is quite a special memory for us.  In this era of people on every corner asking for a handout, what a great contrast and a great example George was.

George was a great friend and trusted adviser for 4 generations of my family.  I will miss his wise counsel and quick wit.  Our condolences go out to his family and his associates at Crosby Investments.

Steve and Vickie Shannon

I never met George.  I am a "Jack Mormon".  In spite of this, George wrote to me with monthly letters of inspiration and what was happening locally and wordlwide with the LDS Church.  His amazing obituary makes me wish that I had taken the time to get in contact with him.  He sounds like an incredible person. 

Great man who will be missed , best wishes to the family.

I will miss George for his dry humour, good counseling and above all, his friendship. He was the person who took me under his wing and brought me into the mainstream of Santa Maria social and business life when I arrived in Santa Maria in the early 60's. Thank you, George, and God bless. 

So very sorry to hear of your great loss.    Grateful to his service to our country and to Heavenly Father!   He will definitely be missed.

With love and prayers,

Doris & Les Biddison

 

George is the last of a generation of great men who not only defended our country in time of war but was an anchor of faith and love as a peaceable follower of Christ.  I count it an honor to have known him as a child and young woman, to have shook hands with him and to have been in his home.  What a wonderful legacy of love and kindness he leaves to his children.  May his children and posterity find comfort and peace to know that George and Nadine are holding hands again.

My condolences to the family.  I knew Brother Crosby as a faithful member of the ward in which I grew up.  He cheerfullly served all around him.  I remember his big smile, good heart, and wonderful example of someone who lived the Gospel.        

 

 

 

 

 

 

So many memories of this man. He would perk up when my young daughter Wendy bore her testimony at church as you never knew what family happening she was going to reveal. He would laugh and shake his head as I shrunk in the seat. He and Nadine were a source of strength to me. George sent me Christmas cards for years after I had moved away He will be missed. 

Our sincere sympathy to Marc & entire family to include the office staff that felt like family.  So enjoyed how George was always engaged in conversations of business & friendship.  It is a sad loss for all to include our community.  Heaven will welcome him for all he did in his life that benifitted others.  

~ How comforting to know that heaven will receive this generous and dutiful angel with a joyful welcome from loved ones and his  multitude of friends. Yet, our heartfelt sympathy to Marc and his extended family for the loss of someone so sweet and inspiring...our prayers are with you all.