Remembering Terry "Spiderman" Crandall
Let me give you one of two quotes to remember beyond today. The first one is from US General George Patton. It goes as follows
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the man who died, but rather thank God that such a man had lived."
Spider was a good example of that man. He had a pure love of people and a passion for motorsports. My first memories of Spider were as a crewman for Lance Fassbender. He was always at the shop whenever I stopped in. After the work was done, all he wanted to talk about was racing and race cars. One of his most proud moments was talking about his Billy Johnson modified.
I first came to work with Spider when we began the Karting program at Beaver Dam and were looking for volunteers. The entire program runs on volunteers to keep the costs low enough that the kids can participate. After we announced we were starting, Spider was one of the first calls I received. We quickly saw his enthusiasm , and his love of people, especially kids. Who can forget him wearing his Spiderman costume and showing off for the kids.
One of his greatest joys was being out at the track doing something. He never shirked any job that he was asked to perform. When he received his first official's shirt, you thought Santa was standing behind us the way he was beaming. He always wore that with pride. When he first got sick , he was quick to tell me, "Jerry, don't give my job away, I am coming back". And true to his word, he did come back.
He always did a great job back at the scales. I never had to worry about them doing a good job. When we moved the kart scale area up to the edge of the track, he was giddy with joy. He could do his job and still get to watch the races.You see, on Saturdays he only would get to see the first fifteen laps of any features. After lap fifteen he would head back to the scales so he was set up and ready when the drivers came in to be inspected. He was that dedicated to
doing the best he could at whatever job we gave him .
He would often introduce me to his friends and family as his boss. At first, that struck me as odd. I don't think of myself as anyone's boss. Just a co-worker doing a job. But later I realized that was his ultimate compliment. It was his way of showing how much respect he had for me. We often refer to the group of people that work at the track as my summer family. I am blessed to have
known Spider and will always remember him fondly as one member of the Beaver Dam Raceway family. My summer family will be missing one of our most cherished members next summer.
If you were keeping track , I said there would be two quotes that you should remember beyond today. Here is the second one. It was by Albert Pike, famed Freemason.
"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
On that note, let me announce, staring in 2015, a new award for an outstanding karting official will be given out. It will be named the Spider Crandall award.
Deep thoughts to remember this day as we fondly remember Spider and all the
joy he brought us.
God speed Spidey.
October 26, 2014