A.W. "Dub" Crisp
May 6, 1929 - - February 13, 2000

Dub "Montana" Crisp died February 13, 2000 following a lengthy illness. Dub was born in Van Zandt County to Alvin and Eva Mae (Paschall) Crisp. During World War II, his family moved to Dallas where Dub graduated from Adamson High School and began his career in the equipment business. In 1950, he was called to active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Korea during the Korean War. He moved to Fort Worth upon returning home and in 1963 established Crisp Equipment Co. He retired in 1985.

Dub spent countless hours in the saddle; from hauling his children to participate in playdays, to his trips for extended and day-long trailrides, and he and his favorite horse "Angle" doing intricate drill formations with organized groups. Lt. Crisp served as Treasurer for the Tarrant County Sheriff's Posse for 15 years. He was a member of Texas Equestrian Trailriders Association. Dub was active in all areas of his church, Davis Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a Mason and mentor to many. He was married to Avis Amos for 49 years and a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.W. and Eva Mae Crisp; one brother Pat Crisp; two sisters Eva Lorene Teague and Mettawee Decker. Survivors include his wife Avis Crisp of North Richland Hills; son, David Crisp of Dallas; daughters Sharon Crisp Wadsworth and her husband Larry of Arlington and Cheryl Clemens and her husband Dean of Franklin, TN; sisters, Mary Handpicks of Marble Falls and Jackie Swindle of Kemp. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, other family members, friends and a large herd of trailriders.

A private family graveside service was held Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Van Zandt County. A memorial service to celebrate Dub's life was held at Davis Memorial United Methodist Church that afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The sanctuary was flowing over with family, friends, trailriders and posse members.

Dub's sweet smile, soft voice and gentle manner will be sadly missed by many. His harmonica playing on the trail and in camp, his ability to play "42" and sharing his time with the Prime Timers group at the Senior Citizens Center on Wednesdays endeared him to all. Solace comes from the fact that his stories, habits and friendship will live on in the precious memories he left us.

Photo and obituary courtesy of The Trailriders Journal