John Allen Crum
September 19, 1939 - August 6, 2022

John didn’t think there were enough smiles in the world, so he set about to encourage more of them. His gentle kindness and sense of humor are the traits most family, friends, and random folks will remember him by.

Life was an adventure for John and he expressed that joy as a nature lover, musician (singing in a trio in venues around Boulder), airplane pilot, artist, photographer, dog whisperer, caring husband and parent, and a student of spirituality.

He was born on September 19, 1939, to the delight of his parents Beth and Lourin Crum. Thefamily moved to Boulder, Colorado, when John was young, and he spent many happy hours exploring in the Colorado mountains. One of his most treasured memories was duck hunting with his dad, sitting in a duck blind in the early morning hours and sharing reflections on life.

John attended the University of Colorado Boulder majoring in geology, later changing his major and attending the University of Colorado School of Business in Denver. While in Boulder, John (at that point known as JC) met Sammy Burman and they married in 1961 in Las Vegas. They soon followed the sun to Santa Barbara, California. There they were blessed with two beautiful children, Lori and Randy, and lived in various California locales over the years.

John started several successful businesses throughout California and was instrumental in establishing a respected Arts and Crafts Gallery in Carmel. He finally followed his true calling and major talent in the field of sales in San Jose and Carmel.

Continuing to follow the sun, John made his way to Hawaii where he lived for several decades, filling his life with artistic and spiritual explorations, and living on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu. On Oahu, he met and married Sandy Miller in 2003, and they lived in Honolulu and in Volcano on the Big Island, enjoying the richness and diversity of Hawaii. He became a successful sales representative for companies selling artistic gift items, and for local artists who created jewelry, glass art, and sculpture. Glass art became another adventure for John and he loved searching for beautiful glass and learning how to craft original pieces.

John and Sandy moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, in 2014; and in his grandfather role, he became known affectionately as Papa John.

John passed away on August 6, 2022.

He is survived by his wife Sandy Miller, son Randy Crum, former wife Sammy Burman, son-in-law Garrick Newsome, daughter-in-law Brandie Newsome, granddaughter Emily Newsome, sister-in-law Susan Pearson, brother-in-law Bill Pearson, and nephew Christopher Pearson. He is preceded in death by his parents Loren and Beth Crum and by his daughter Lori.

Aloha, Papa John. You are so loved. We miss your smiles and jokes.

If you wish to honor John, please contribute to your favorite charity. Or just make someone smile.


Coastal Cremations 6 Jacksonville St., Wilmington, NC 28403



  • garrick newsome Posted September 4, 2022 11:11 am

    Papa John- I miss your smile, your jokes and stories. I am really going to miss our time around the dinner table, that was very special to me. Thank you for making me laugh.
    Aloha and See you later Alligator.
    Your Buddy- Garrick

  • Brandie Newsome Posted September 4, 2022 11:38 am

    Such a great picture of John! We miss his smile, sense of humor, warm demeanor and stories of all of his life adventures. We’re glad he was part of our lives and will miss him greatly.

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