Carleton Crummett: ‘often a prankster and quick with a joke’

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Carleton Crummett

Carleton Crummett 1935-2017

Born on May 29th, 1935 in Washington, Maine to Charles and Lila Crummett passed away peacefully at home in Fortuna at the age of 81.

Growing up Carleton was one of seven siblings; He learned the value of hard work at a very young age and as a kid worked on his Father’s and his Sister France’s farms. It was in Maine where he learned most of his life skills from fixing farm equipment to training the steers and horses.

At the age of 15, his family packed up and set out for California, moving to Paso Robles in 1950. He had a love of rebuilding car engines and building some of the fastest hotrods to be found in his spare time, He also worked for Lockheed building jets in Los Angeles for a year before he packed up and moved to Humboldt County. Once Settled in Humboldt County he and his Father and Brother Vernon worked in the woods and many of the Mills including Alderpoint, Redcrest and Fortuna.

In 1954 He met his wife to be Helen from Salmon Creek. They married on April 1st, 1956 and moved in together in Weott. After the floods Carleton moved the family to high ground, building his final home in Fortuna where with his wife Helen raised four children; Kelvin Crummett, Donna Crummett, Sharon Crawford, and Marvin Crummett. He was a loving father and he loved his Grandchildren Erik Crummett, Kaleb Crummett, Karl Crummett, Shawna Crummett, Kyle Crawford, Kristina Crawford and Great Grandbaby Henley Crawford. He found a job he loved at Hensell Materials Inc. in Eureka where he worked alongside his Son Kelvin for many years as Heavy Equipment Mechanic’s until he retired in 1999.

He will always be remembered as a fun and loving Father and Grandfather, often a prankster and quick with a joke. He was always singing and dancing or playing his guitar. His favorite hobby in life was hunting, often with his family and friends, and was known through out the mountains by many. His love of hunting was followed closely by fishing and family gatherings, never one to miss a chance for a family picnic, a camping trip or spending the holidays with all of his loved ones. He truly loved life. Carleton went to be with the Lord on May 1st, just 28 days before his 82nd Birthday and will be missed by the many he leaves behind.

Carleton was preceded in Death by his Father Charles and Mother Lila, Brothers Wallace Crummett; Vernon Crummett; Sisters Francis Doolan; Beatrice Carenco; and Irene Metz. He is survived by his Wife Helen Crummett; Sister Shirley Clark; His Sons and Daughters; His Many Grandchildren; Great Grandchildren; and Nieces and Nephews.

A celebration of Life will be held in his memory on May 13th at the Rohnerville Assembly of God Church 1530 Rohnerville Road in Fortuna California by Pastor Mike Gibbs at 2:00. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.



  • Out thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish your memories! Love, The Callihan’s

  • Carleton was a good man, he helped me a lot when I was growing up. Sorry for the family’s loss. He was a good neighbor, always helped all of us kids with things like working on the motorbikes, and eventually cars. Rest in peace Carleton. Jim

  • Mr and Mrs Tony Montebello

    So sorry to hear about Carleton passing just think he is now with the Lord and all the loved onces that has gone before him. Now he is in a place of peace and not suffering anymore. We will keep him and his family in our prayers. We live down south and everytime we went to visit Millie and Jerry we made sure that we get to visit Carleton , Helen and their family we always enjoyed the stories he had to tell. We will miss not seeing him on our next visit. He was a wonderful man and was loved by his family , friends and all who knew him. With our sencere and deepest Symphathy Tony and Pauline Montebello

  • Marilyn Connor

    The best Uncle ever! He was more than just an uncle, he was our second dad. He taught us kids slot. You will be missed dearly! See you again in Glory!!! Although I can’t be there in body I will be there in thought!

  • We remember Carleton fondly and appreciate his many years of service to Hensell Materials. He was an excellent worker and always pleasant. Rest in peace. So glad you had a long and lovely retirement. Condolences to his family.

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