Passing of Bill Crookshanks

I’m sorry to have to inform you about the passing of retired OCFD  Fire Investigator Bill Crookshanks.    Bill worked for CDF and transitioned to the OCFD, retiring from our organization in 1986 after 24 years of service.  He became a Fire Investigator in 1978 and work in our investigation section until retirement.  He didn’t stop there however because he created his own private fire investigation company called C & M Fire Investigations.  C & M Fire Investigations has been around for a while and services California, Arizona and Nevada.  He lived in Las Vegas but continued to investigate fires right up until his passing.   Bill passed away in his sleep while down here in O.C. on Jan. 11th after investigating 3 fires for clients.   He was 77 years old.


Bill is survived by:

Daughter and Son-n-Law – Vicki & Lee Collins

Sister – Mae Lee

Stepson – Greg Wolf and his wife Sherry Wolf

Grandkids – Lee Collins, Allison Collins, Nicholas Wolf and Madeline Wolf


Due to where Bill lived, where he grew up and his love for the Salvation Army, there will be a couple different options for your attendance below.    Most everyone “on the job” today probably did not know Bill.  There are a few of you still.  However, our predecessors (the retired guys), many of them will.   In the end, you may not have known him personally, but you did know him.  Because we all share that bond of what we do and through “this” organization that we do it.   We are CDF-OCFD and now OCFA Firefighters.   You too, will be retired before you know it.  Let’s make sure we retain the time honored tradition of honoring each other current or past.  Anytime an announcement like this comes up, grab a card, get everyone to sign it, send it in and attend where you can.

The family welcomes any firefighters from the OCFA (past & present) to join them locally (see below) or attend a memorial.  Bill loved and respected the fire service and those who wore the badge representing it.

(on a side note-the family told me, in retirement Bill had to battle cancer 3 times.  Have you heard that “C” word come up in our job before?  So, breathe the good stuff, wear it and wash it)




January 25, 2017.

El Ranchito

2201 East First Street

Santa Ana, California

Please text your RSVP to Sherry at 951 733-8517 by January 23, 2017.




Corcoran Cemetery

4170 Waukena Ave

Corcoran, CA 93212


Jan. 27th




Church Memory Service

Salvation Army Church

830 E. Lake Mead

Henderson, NV. 89015



The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, they would like a donation to be made to

Salvation Army

10200 Pioneer Road

Tustin, CA. 92782  


Cards can be sent to:

Vicki Collins (Daughter)

274 Arch Hill

Henderson, NV. 89074


Continue to keep Bill’s family in your prayers.


Jim Cass, President

OCFA Benevolent Association

Captain / Fire Investigator

Investigation Services Section


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