Andrew ‘Drew’ Henry Crangle
Feb. 14, 1989 - Jan. 15, 2014
Drew Crangle died suddenly but peacefully at home on Jan. 15, 2014. Andrew “Drew” Henry Crangle was born on Feb. 14, 1989, to David and Shar Crangle. He was a lifelong resident of Summit County and leaves behind many wonderful friends and family. Due to his outgoing and energetic personality, Drew was a stranger to none here in the county or wherever he found himself.
Drew was a gifted athlete, always able to participate in any sports endeavor with ease and enthusiasm. His greatest love was football and he received considerable acclaim for his abilities over the years. Drew’s football career began in third grade when he played for the Snow Tigers, followed by several years as a member of the Summit Middle School Tigers and finally achieving star status with the Summit High School Tigers. Drew was not the only talented player on his high school team, as in the fall of 2006 the Tigers were 12-1, losing only to Pueblo County High in the state high school semifinal game. In 2006, Drew was chosen to play in the State High School All Stars Game, as well as being MVP of the Metro Conference, a first-team member of the Conference All Star Team and the outstanding conference defensive player. Also that year, Drew was recognized in Summit when he received the “Highlight Award” from the school.
Other high school recognition included prom royalty and being named the “Most Adventurous” senior class member.
Drew also played youth baseball and his team made the state quarterfinals when he was 15 years old. The ease and accomplishment with which Drew played baseball caused his grandfather to remark, “Perhaps Drew is pursuing the wrong sport.”
Following high school, Drew’s passions turned to bull riding. Although his bull riding career was not as distinguished as that of football, he enjoyed it equally as much. Whether Drew was trying to stay on the back of a bull, building, designing or fixing something or spending time with friends, he always did everything with energy, enthusiasm, adventure and a sense of fun. His bull-riding endeavors were the embodiment of how he lived his life and are a perfect example of one of his favorite sayings: “If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.”
Drew was a much loved son, grandson, brother, cousin and nephew to his family and an extraordinary friend to many. As noted by one of these friends, “Drew’s energy was contagious and he always brought the party with him.”
Drew will be remembered by all with a smile ... exactly as he would want it.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the “Drew Crangle Memorial Scholarship Fund” at any First Bank in Summit County or at the Summit County Elks Club or mailed to P.O. Box 141, Silverthorne, CO 80498.
A celebration of Drew’s life will be held at the Summit County Elks Club in Silverthorne, Thursday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m.