Clan Crawford, Jr.(b .1927, d. June 6, 2020). Crawford served on the Ann Arbor City Council as a Republican representing Ward  2 from April 1957 to April 1958.


Crawford Jr., Clan 1/25/1927 - 6/6/2020 Ann Arbor, Michigan Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Shaker Heights, he served in the Navy from 1944-1946 before receiving his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1948. Clan moved to Ann Arbor to attend law school and received his J.D. in 1952. Law became his profession and he practiced in Ann Arbor for more than 40 years. From 1955-1957 he served as First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Washtenaw County. Later he became a specialist in zoning law authoring 3 books on the subject. Michigan Zoning and Planning , first published in 1965, served as the authoritative resource on the topic for many years. He continued to update it until he retired. He also wrote numerous articles on zoning law and frequently lectured on the subject. He served as the chairman of two zoning committees in separate sections of the American Bar Association. His interest in land use matters included being a member of the steering committee for ENACT, an environmental change teach-in that coincided with the first Earth Day in 1970. He was also a member of the first board of directors of Scenic America, a Washingion, D.C. based organization opposed to highway billboards. Clan served on the Ann Arbor City Council in 1957-1958. Later he served the city as chairman of the Civic Art Committee from 1962-1965. He chaired the Ann Arbor Sesquicentennial Beautification Committee from 1973-1974, served as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals from 1973-1976, Historic District Commission from 1976-1981, Cablecasting Commission from 1981-1986 and the Airport Advisory Committee. As he phased into retirement, he spent more time fishing in Northern Michigan. His favorite spots included the pier at Frankfort and the Platte River where he owned a rustic cabin for 4 decades. He loved the sport of sailing his entire life. He was also a passionate photographer amassing an extensive library on topics ranging from land use to gardening. His gardens at his home of 60 years on Geddes Ave. and at his office, a former gas station at the corner of Fourth and Huron, were well known. He particularly loved topiary and unique arrangements of annuals, perennials and various quirky found objects. He met Alice Bishop Berle while at Oberlin. They married in 1949 and had 3 sons. Alice died in 2001. Peter predeceased him by two days, passing on June 4th. He is survived by son Lloyd Crawford and his wife Suzanne, their two grown children and son, David, his wife Jody and their grown son. Arrangements are incomplete at this time, however, Clan made it known that he was never fond of funerals and requested that there not be one.

Obituary via MLive, June 9-11 2020.


Clan Crawford, Jr. Ann Arbor District Library "Old News"