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Rulon “Rudy” Smithson Crum

08/07/1937 - 09/10/2019
Service Date: 09/21/2019
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2835 E. Des Moines, Mesa, Arizona
Visitation Date: 09/20/2019
Visitation Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2835 E. Des Moines, Mesa, Arizona
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa, Arizona

Rulon “Rudy” Smithson Crum (82) passed away on September 10, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. He was born August 7, 1937 in Duncan Arizona to Robert Ray and Ruth Annie Smithson Crum, where he lived on the farm until his family moved to Phoenix in 1943. In 1953 the family moved to Mesa Arizona and Rudy was recruited to play sports at and attend Gilbert High School where he graduated in 1956. He attended early morning seminary at Mesa High School, and it was there that he met the love of his life, Rosa Lee Schofield. They married in 1957. Together they had 6 wonderful children.

Rudy spent his career working for Mountain Bell Telephone in various capacities, and serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mesa. In 1990, Rudy retired from Mountain Bell and started a small company, AT&E (Arizona Telephone and Electronics) that he ran until 2004. That year, Rudy and Rosie left to serve an LDS Mission in Fresno California. They returned in 2006 and then served a second Mission in the Montevideo, Uruguay Mission from 2008-2009. His later years were filled with spending time with his 33 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

He is Lovingly survived by his dear wife Rosa Lee (Schofield) of 62 years, his children, Julie Crane (Richard), Janis Johnson (Todd), John Crum (Lori) who preceded him in death, William Crum (Kathy), Rulon Crum (Jennifer) and Fred Crum (Caroline).

Funeral services for Rudy will be held Saturday, September 21st at 10:00 am at the LDS Church building located at 2835 E Des Moines St., Mesa 85213. Visitation will be Friday, September 20th from 6-8 pm at the same church building on Des Moines St., Mesa.


  • My heart and prayers go out to the Crum family. Rudy will be missed dearly. His smile was contagious and he had a twinkle in his eye that always warmed your heart. What a great man and example of the Savior he was and will always be. Thinking of you Rosie and sending my love.

  • Dear Rosie and family,
    My love and prayers are with you and my heart is sad at the passing of your sweet husband and father. Take comfort in the knowledge that he was the best. Love you dear, dear friend.

  • My dear Rosie. Sending my love and condolences at this time. So so sorry. You are blessed with a great family and they will give you strength. May you feel Heavenly Fathers arms around you and his peace.

  • Sister Crum, my heart goes out to you and your family. What a wonderful light he was for the world. May you all be filled with peace and love.

  • Sorry but just learned of Rudy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Rosie, I am so sorry for your loss. Didn’t know Rudy was in such bad health. I lost my husband in March of 2016. It is a long hard process getting used to. Sending my love and memories. Your classmate and friend, Marilee

  • Grady McEachern

    I worked with Rudy in the early 60’s as a cable splicer in Mesa. He was one of the best people I ever knew at the phone company and I learned from him.

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