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Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell passes away at 74

Published: Sep. 12, 2020 at 9:04 AM PDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2020 at 12:04 PM PDT
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell passed away early Saturday morning, September 12, 2020, at the VA hospital in Reno, the Carson City city manager’s office confirmed.

He was 74 years old.

He was elected Mayor of Carson City in 2008 and assumed his duties as Mayor on January 5, 2009. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Mayor Crowell also served 11 years on the Carson City School Board of Trustees.

Robert L. “Bob” Crowell was a native Nevadan, born in Tonopah and raised in Carson City. An attorney by profession, Bob was a Vietnam veteran and retired Navy captain.

A motorcade carrying the late Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell arrives in Carson City.
A motorcade carrying the late Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell arrives in Carson City.(Abel Garcia/KOLO)

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak shared the following memory on Twitter:

The Governor said in part:

"It would be impossible to overstate just how much he meant to his neighbors and all of the families in our state capital.

Throughout his life, Bob served Nevadans with honesty and integrity, earning him multiple honors that recognized his unmatched integrity. Nevada is a better State because of Bob."

Nancy Paulson, Carson City Manager, released the following statement regarding his passing:

“On behalf of Carson City, I extend condolences to the family of Mayor Bob Crowell who passed away earlier today. The Mayor’s family, his fellow Board members, City staff and all the residents of Carson City will undoubtedly miss him dearly. Between the Carson City School Board and the Mayor’s office, Mayor Crowell served 23 years in public service in the community he grew up in. He will be remembered for his leadership and dedication to the City he loved so much. Mayor Crowell, who often referred to himself as the ‘Mayor of the greatest City in Nevada’, was a dedicated public servant who led Carson City through the great recession and promoted downtown redevelopment, all while working hard to build a wonderful community in which to live, work and play. We hope everyone will continue to celebrate his life and all that he accomplished for our great City. As Mayor Crowell always said, 'May our community always be blessed with fair winds and following seas.”

Mayor Crowell, who often referred to himself as the ‘Mayor of the greatest City in Nevada’, was a dedicated public servant who led Carson City through the great recession and promoted downtown redevelopment, all while working hard to build a wonderful community in which to live, work and play.

Nancy Paulson, Carson City Manager

Mayor Elect, Lori Bagwell stated: "This is a very difficult time for Carson City. The passing of our Mayor, Robert Crowell, is devastating for our citizens and for me as his successor. I know that in a few short months I will have to fill some very big shoes and I can only hope I live up to his lofty expectations.

Bob Crowell was everything you would want in a Mayor. Compassionate, energetic, thoughtful and yes authoritarian when the situation called for it. Bob was a man of the people.

Bob led the City through some difficult times as he took the reins into many years of calm. This year was difficult for the Nation, State and our City. We were navigating this pandemic very well with Bob at the helm and he leaves the City in much better shape than we initially expected.

I will forever miss Bob and I wish the best for his wife, Susan, and his Family. This is a great loss for our Community."

Supervisor Brad Bonkowski stated: “It is a sad day for the Capital City. Mayor Bob was the finest person I have had the privilege of working alongside. He lived and breathed Carson City, was Carson’s best cheerleader and advocate. On top of that he was a truly honorable and humble person and I am so appreciative of having him as the Mayor these last twelve years. He will be missed so much it is indescribable.”

Supervisor Stacey Giomi stated: “Our community has suffered a great loss. Mayor Crowell was such a statesman, and so dedicated to this community and its citizens. Carson City is a better place because of Bob, and we will miss him deeply.”

Supervisor John Barrette stated: “Mayor Crowell was a good politician and a great mayor who served his community well.”

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve issued this statement:

On behalf of the entire City of Reno — our Reno City Council, employees and residents — today I send my deepest condolences to the friends and family of Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell. We are all in mourning.

I have personally known Mayor Crowell since I was a little girl. He was one of my mentors, and a true inspiration not only for my political career, but my life in general. He is one of Nevada’s great leaders, and he will go down in history as a true Battle Born hero.

Mr. Crowell was a great man, a Veteran, a well respected attorney, and he served Carson City and the State of Nevada with the utmost integrity and grace. His professional and political accolades are too many to list, but we’ll mostly remember him for his friendship, compassion and thoughtfulness. Our thoughts are with Bob’s wife, Susan, and his children and grandchildren during this difficult time.

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei’s statement on the passing of Mayor Crowell:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of Bob’s passing today. As a Vietnam Veteran, retired Navy Captain, and dedicated public servant with a lifetime of achievement, Bob served our country, the State of Nevada, and Carson with dignity, integrity, and honor. Bob was one of Carson’s and Nevada’s finest, and my thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time. He will be sorely missed.”

Washoe County Commission Chairman Bob Lucey statement on the passing of Mayor Crowell:

We are heartbroken to say goodbye to Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell this morning. He served his country, his state and his city, and was the embodiment of a public servant. We send his wife, Susan, his four children, and two grandchildren our deepest condolences and our most sincere thanks for sharing such a great man with us.

I had the great honor of working with him on the Nevada Association of Counties, and I will always admire his staunch support of our indigent populations and his dedication to the entire community.

“Mayor Bob,” as he was affectionately called, loved the community that he served for over two decades, the last 12 as mayor. He was especially dedicated to the children of Carson City, serving for 11 years on the Carson City School Board of Trustees and serving twice as school board president. Halloween trick-or-treaters knew they’d get a heaping handful of candy from his house at Halloween, where he greeted friends young and old.

As a Vietnam veteran, he showed bravery, determination, and leadership that he would carry into public service until his passing this morning. We offer our gratitude for his service and thoughts of peace for his family.

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto kissed this statement:

“Bob Crowell served our country in Vietnam and brought his sense of duty to Nevada by dedicating his career to serving our community. With a mix of dedication, compassion, good humor and vision he led Carson City through the Great Recession and left his mark on our state with his uncanny ability to build trust and work with others to improve the lives of Nevadans. I can recall the many acts of kindness and friendship that he showed me when I became Nevada’s Attorney General. Paul and I send our deepest condolences to Bob’s wife, Susan, and his children and grandchildren.”

Mayor Crowell and his wife Susan were married for 49 years and have four children, Brad, Caroline, David and Todd and two grandchildren.

The mayor will be brought from Reno to City Hall by motorcade around 11:45 a.m. arriving at approximately 1 p.m. for a brief ceremony before continuing on to FitzHenry’s Funeral Home.

Flags at City facilities will be flown at half staff for one week in his honor, the City Manager’s Office said.

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