Pocatello loses top booster, volunteer

September 2, 2018

POCATELLO — The Gate City has lost one of its most active volunteers and devoted boosters.

Jed Crowder died Aug. 29 after a long battle with cancer. He was 60.

Crowder’s friends say he was a leader in several organizations devoted to improving and celebrating the quality of life in Pocatello — even when he was ailing.

Crowder served as a board member with Bannock Development Corp. and contributed an “overall knowledge of the community and the good things Idaho State University has done” when the organization sought to convince prospective businesses to locate here, recalled Bannock Development President and CEO John Regetz.

Regetz considered Crowder, who served on a Bannock Development team assigned to study housing issues, to be a “great mentor.”

“He was about the third person from Pocatello I spoke with, and the first person my wife spoke with,” Regetz said. “We decided to work with him as a Realtor. His pleasant and positive nature came through, even on his website.”

Crowder, who was a Realtor with RE/MAX Country Real Estate, was the chairman-elect of the Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce, scheduled to begin his term on Oct. 1. He was also a former chief of the Pocatello Chiefs, which is a Chamber-affiliated group tasked with cutting ribbons at ceremonies to celebrate new growth.

Chamber President Matt Hunter said Crowder had served on his organization’s board since 2016, and also welcomed new members to the organization as a representative of Chamber Champions.

Crowder was the Chamber’s distinguished citizen of the year in 2017.

“That says something of him being exceptionally involved in the Chamber,” Hunter said.

Crowder had a profound influence within the local real-estate community. After his death, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, issued a statement remembering Crowder, who often gave him guidance on real-estate policies, as a “champion of private property rights, and someone I could always count on to give me a straight shot on Realtor issues.”

The president of the Idaho Association of Realtors described Crowder as having “a wonderful sense of humor and low-key realness.”

Gary Seymour, a fellow RE/MAX Realtor, noted Crowder was the 2009 president of the state Realtor’s association, and also served as a past president of the local Realtor’s association. Plus, he was named Realtor of the year at both the state and local levels.

“You’d see him at every function. You’d wonder if there was more than one Jed Crowder out there,” Seymour said. “It was phenomenal one person could do all of that.”

Crowder, who graduated from Pocatello High School in the mid-1970s, also served on the board of NeighborWorks Pocatello.

His good friend, Doug Christensen, a mortgage lender with Citizens Community Bank, said Crowder was among the top Idaho State University boosters, and was a proud supporter of the Pocatello Grays baseball team.

“He pretty much supports everything local,” Christensen said. “If you went to his office and somebody was selling something to raise money, he always bought.”

Christensen viewed Crowder as a brother, and his kids looked up to him as an uncle.

Crowder is survived by his mother, a sister, a brother, two step-brothers, two sons, a daughter, nine grandchildren and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Wilks Funeral Home in Chubbuck.

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