Kelly Charles Crabb | 1946-2019

Kelly Charles Crabb

Kelly Charles Crabb, a former South Pasadena bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died on Oct. 27 after a battle with cancer, his family announced. Crabb died at his home in Alpine, Utah, surrounded by his family, just shy of his 73rd birthday.

He was born Nov. 8, 1946 in Payson, Utah, to Lena Exilda Nielson and Lowell John Crabb, the youngest of three children. He married his sweetheart, Janice McClure, on Aug. 16, 1974 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they had five children and seven grandchildren.

Crabb grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah. He served a mission in Japan from 1966-1968. After his mission, he wrote a textbook for missionaries learning Japanese and worked for one year at the Asian-Pacific Language Training Mission located in Laie, Hawaii. He graduated from BYU in Provo, Utah, with a dual major in international relations and Asian studies. He has a master’s of public administration from BYU.

He also graduated from BYU’s ROTC program and served for eight years in the Utah National Guard, reaching the rank of captain. For five years, he worked for the Missionary Training Center as the head of research and development. He left that position to pursue a career in law, graduating in 1984 from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.

A frequent lecturer, Crabb wrote the book The Movie Business, published by Simon & Schuster in 2005, and taught a “Sports Law in Practice” class at USC Law School for several years. He worked on the broadcasting agreements and other projects for the local Olympic organizing committees in Salt Lake City, London and Rio de Janeiro. He also served as head international counsel to the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee for the 2008 Summer Games.

Crabb represented Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews and Charles Barkley, and performed services for NBA China and Major League Baseball in China. In 2004 he successfully represented American Paul Hamm, the Olympic all-around gymnastics champion. Other notable clients included Muhammad Ali, Elizabeth Smart and Dinesh D’Souza.

Crabb was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. He was a branch president at the MTC in Provo, a beloved bishop in South Pasadena and a member of the Stake Presidency in Pasadena, where he and his wife lived for 28 years. He loved to serve, and by example, taught his family about his love of Jesus Christ through his faithful and devoted service and temple attendance.

He is survived by his wife Janice, his children Amanda, Sara Marie (Matthew) Gardner, Lowell (Carlyn), Christopher and Catherine (Erik) Brimhall. Grandchildren: Abigail, Georgiana, Emma, Charlotte, Olivia, and Henry, as well as his sister, many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Renon Wheelock.

Memorial services were held on Nov. 15, 2019 in South Pasadena. Condolences may be shared with the family at