Olympia resident Andy Crow, known as an organist, organ builder-restorer and entertainer for more than 30 years, passed away this week in Lacey at age 83 years.
He first came to the Pacific Northwest with an assignment to the Army Medical Corps at Fort Lewis, where he spent off-duty hours playing organs at theaters around Tacoma and Seattle. Later, he was the house player at Tacoma’s Pizza & Pipes restaurant, along with many other assignments around the region.
Crow was a fixture around downtown Olympia as the owner of two theaters and, for many years, lived in the Capitol Theatre building. In 1995, he was in charge of installation of the large Wurlitzer pipe organ in Washington Center for the Performing Arts, which was later dedicated in his name.
“Andy was well loved here at The Center and in the community,” said Jill Barnes, executive director. “Fortunately, his memory and legacy will live on and we honor him every time we feature the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ.”
Washington Center had been preparing to award him its inaugural Excellence in Arts recognition later this month at its Awards & Gala event.
A more full description of the musical life of Andy Crow is on the website of Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society.