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Steven R. Crawford (1952 – 2014)

by Robert Conroy, CPCU, CIC on May 23, 2014

Steven R CrawfordSteven R. Crawford, former President and CEO of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company passed away on May 18th at the age of 62. Steve was a graduate of Ames High School and Iowa State University. He started his career at Grinnell Mutual in 1975 as a marketing representative in Illinois. In 1980 he was named assistant marketing director. Additional positions he held at Grinnell Mutual were AVP of Reinsurance Underwriting, Regional Vice President, and Senior Vice President of Reinsurance.

Steve received the CPCU designation in 1980 and was a charter member of the Grinnell Subchapter when it was formed in 1987. He served as President of the Grinnell Subchapter in 1996-1997. He also held the ARe designation.

In 2006, he was named Chief Operating Officer and became President and CEO in January 2010. He served as the seventh president of Grinnell Mutual. Steve retired at the end of 2011 due to health issues. He and his wife Pat moved to Urbandale to be closer to their family.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Matt (Julia), Joe (Rachael), and Steffanie (R.J.) Sumrall. Also surviving are three grandchildren and his sister Ellen Mullen.

Steve was an ardent Iowa State fan throughout his life. In addition to following Iowa State sports, he enjoyed traveling, downhill skiing, golf, bowling, boating and especially spending time with his family and friends


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