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CRABILL, Phillip Jon, (85) of Tampa, formerly of Little Elm, Texas, died January 23, 2022.  Phil was born August 13, 1936 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, son of Guy Kenneth and Lydia Nirea (Miller) Crabill. He was a graduate of Indiana University (B.A.) and St. Francis University (M.A.). After working with his father at the family-owned Lima Road Gardens in Fort Wayne, he spent the entirety of his professional career as a planning engineer with General Telephone/GTE working in Indiana, Illinois, Connecticut, and Texas, and retiring in 1987. Phil spent his lengthy retirement traveling the world with his second wife, Liz, visiting over 80 countries.

Phil is survived by his two daughters, Amy Crabill Lay of Tampa, Florida and Kate (Scott) Byars of Mesa, Arizona; granddaughters, Jessica (Axel) Aceituno and Merritt Lay; grandsons, Henry Lay, Raymond Lay, Jackson Byars and Eli Byars; great-granddaughters Delilah and Violet Cortez; stepchildren, William (Jen) Salmon and Clare (Randy) Morrow; step-grandchildren Alexis Salmon and Ian Salmon; nephew Mark (Valerie) Wood, niece Julie Wood Metcalf, and brother-in-law, Stan Wood.  Phillip was preceded in death by his first wife, Eleanor Awe Crabill; second wife, Elizabeth Ionides Salmon Crabill; his parents; sisters Barbara Wood and Phyllis Crabill; and son-in-law Michael D. Lay. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A private service will be held at a later date. Please honor Phil’s memory by making a donation to a nature or wildlife preservation charity, such as The Land Trust Alliance ( ) or The Nature Conservancy (

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