Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Veteran Wrestler Rick Crabtree Passes Away

-- Colorado based independent wrestler Rick Crabtree passed away Sunday morning after celebrating his 51st birthday on Friday. He had been suffering from both heart and liver problems in recent years. Crabtree wrestled on the southern independent circuit for 15 years.

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This was written by Diane Devine on

Just wanted to let you know Rick Crabtree died Sunday morning in the Lamar, Co. hospital after celebrating his 51st birthday Friday.

As most of you are aware, Rick had been very ill a number of years with liver disease and was on a liver transplant list. But, in recent months he had problems with his heart and needed stints put in thus taking him off the active transplant list. He was a fighter but his body was getting tired....Friday and Saturday he told wife Sandy that he was just too tired to go on.

He wrestled on the independent circuit some 15 years as a country boy. He was outspoken but he was willing to talk to the young wrestlers and tried to help them improve their skills.

It is always sad to lose someone in the wrestling world. It is sadder when he was a good friend! Please remember Sandy, son Jared, daughter Tiffany and grandson, Hunter in your prayers.

Services most likely will be in Lamar on Thursday. Jared will let me know.


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