ANGLETON — A 74-year-old La Marque man was killed Sunday when he lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown off the road near Angleton, authorities said.

Joseph Crabill Jr. was headed east on FM 1462 around 3:30 p.m. at the time of the accident, Department of Public Safety Trooper Chris Yarborough said.

Crabill did not notice a vehicle ahead of him making a left turn on CR 1771, and lost control of the motorcycle in an attempt to avoid hitting the car, Yarborough said.

The bike slid and threw Crabill about 15 feet, Yarborough said. He was pronounced dead at Angleton Danbury Medical Center.

A 71-year-old woman riding with Crabill suffered some minor cuts in the accident, Yarborough said.

Crabill, a bartender at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in La Marque, will be deeply missed, said Brad Senter, senior vice commander of the VFW post.

“In a way, I think it’s how he would have wanted it,” Senter said. “He enjoyed life to the fullest, and he loved his Harley.”

Crabill served as a chief petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and was stationed in Galveston. He later operated the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry and began working at the VFW post about eight years ago, Senter said.

The post is planning to hold a celebration of Crabill’s life, Senter said.

Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5241 or


(5) comments

Robert Buckner

Big Joe was a top notch man. Rest in peace my friend.

JD Arnold

Joe was my longtime friend, I will miss him.

Walter Manuel

Such sad news.... our prayers go out to his family and everyone involved.

Karen Sawyer

It's interesting that the last 2 articles concerning motorcycle deaths haven't mention whether they were wearing a helmet or not. Used to it was always mentioned.

Jeannine (Frank) Kelso

A really nice and happy man to me. I'll have a Dos XX in memory of you , Joe, since you always kidded me and said you didn't order any. Smile down on all your many friends from your new home,

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