There are not many people who have made as huge a contribution to a community as Mark Crews. He’s been a fixture in the city of Galt for decades, serving, serving and serving some more and, now, Galt will have to saw a fond farewell to this community servant. Crews, his wife Rochelle and two boys are pulling up roots to plant in Utah.
Crews served as a Galt police officer for nearly 20 years, a scoutmaster and scout leader for decades, a City Councilmember for eight years and even served as mayor of Galt.
If you’ve been to any city event, you’ve probably seen him working behind the scenes, such as roasting turkeys for the community dinner, which he’s done for several years; volunteering at various events and helping residents whenever he sees a need.
“I serve this community because I love it,” Crews told The Galt Herald in a 2018 interview. “It is a little island of sanity in an ever-growing world of insanity. It has become a haven where people can grow and raise families.”
Crews and fellow Councilmember at the time Barbara Payne were part of the inaugural Galt Shop Local Committee. Appointed from the City Council, the two helped bring together businesses and the city. Crews has been a pivotal force in helping ideas flow into action.
Former Mayor Payne served with Crews on Council and at many events.
“Galt will be missing a man and his family that gave everything they could back to the Galt community,” Payne said. “Mark will be like me, leaving his heart in Galt.”
Supervisor Don Nottoli also served with Crews on the Air Quality Board.
“His interest and energy in the things he was involved in were intense and his background in law enforcement was also valuable,” Nottoli said. “He was always engaging and interested in the broader picture.”
In 2014, Crews joined delegates from the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce’s annual Capitol-to-Capitol program, flying to Washington, D.C. and met with officials to discuss the drought in California. He represented the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District while meeting with U.S. Representative Jerry McNerney and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer on matters that pertained to Galt.
Nottoli said he was impressed at how Crews represented the city at the nation’s capital.
Crews quietly reached out to The Galt Herald via social media, expressing his gratitude for the people of Galt, and to wish a warmhearted farewell.
“It has been an honor to be a part of this community,” Crews wrote. “With all of the chaos going on in the world, Galt is the one pocket of peace that families can survive in. I have been here since 1984 and watched our beautiful little town become a haven for those who wished to raise a family in peace. As a Galt Police officer, I met many wonderful members of this community, many of which I am proud to call friends. As a twice-elected representative for the people of this community, I fought hard to ensure we received our fair share of grants to the sum of over $41 million over an eight-year period. I hope and pray Galt will continue to be the haven it has become. But I now must move on for family related needs. I wish each and every member of the community love, peace and joy. You are one of a kind, each and every member of Galt.”