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CRAB Mourns Loss of Valued Friend and Supporter

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of longtime CRAB friend – Roy Powell, on August 9.

An accomplished artist and custom home builder, Roy Powell left beauty behind in the form of his free standing steel sculptures, original furniture design, ceramics and homes.

His work can be seen throughout Washington, Oregon and the Sacramento, CA areas. A native of Southern California, Roy attended the University of Redlands and received a master’s degree in teaching from nearby Chico State College. Prior to embarking on a home building and renovating career, Roy was a valued high school educator in the Madeira, CA area for nine years.

Roy was diagnosed with glioblastoma in early 2015 and underwent two surgeries and chemotherapy and radiation therapy to remove the brain tumors. After his year and a half fight against this aggressive cancer, Roy died peacefully in his sleep on August 9.

His passing is an incredible loss and he is greatly mourned by his numerous friends, family and all who knew him. Roy is survived by his wife, Ruth Crowley, and brother-in-law and CRAB co-founder, John Crowley.

The work of cancer research and awareness, specifically, Cancer Research And Biostatistics (CRAB), was of great importance to Roy. In his passing, his family has requested that donations be made to the Seattle-based non-profit organization. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Roy’s name may send their contribution to Cancer Research And Biostatistics (CRAB), at 1730 Minor Avenue, Suite 1900, Seattle WA 98101. Donations are also accepted online via

CRAB extends its heartfelt condolences to Roy Powell’s family at this time along with our deepest appreciation for his support of our work.