Jacob William Crowder, 43, passed away peacefully and on his own terms on September 22, 2023, in Casper, Wyoming with his Casper siblings by his side, following a battle with addiction to alcohol. Born to Kary Jo Webb on June 16, 1980, in Laramie, Wyoming, they soon relocated to Casper to begin their new lives. Their family began to grow, with his sister Morgan in 1985 and brother Kade “Goose” in 1990. Jake loved being an older brother, and happily took on the responsibility of an older brother and protector at such a young age. He would soon meet another “brother,” Shane Rivett, and the two grew up creating memories that would be cherished until his final moments, and beyond.
Jake prospered early, with success in education and extracurricular activities. He was an active participant in opening and maintaining the first ever school store at Natrona County High School. He was active in scouting with his father figure Kent Ames and Grandfather Keith Ames, becoming one of the youngest Eagle Scouts in the State of Wyoming at the age of 15. He graduated from NCHS in 1998, top ten in his class.
Jake spent a few years in higher education at Casper College and Salt Lake Community College before coming back home to Casper to begin his career. In 2001, he began his career as an entry level Environmental Technician for Western Environmental Services and Testing (WEST), where he would spend the next 20 years, reaching the rank of Chief Operations Officer in 2018. His time at WEST took him across the country, as well as the world. He led projects throughout the United States, Canada, and into the African countries of Chad, Lithuania, and Cameroon. In 2016, Jake expanded WEST, opening a second location in Kansas City, Missouri where he would move with his wife.
In 2009 Jake met the love of his life, Lacy Adams. Jake was enamored by her, and she quickly became his best friend, soulmate, his beloved “Sweets.” Their love for one another was as bright as a midsummer day, shining throughout for all their friends and family to see. On May 23, 2012, the two would become husband and wife, surrounded by loved ones in the Florida Keys, their favorite place. Their unconditional love for one another remained throughout and Lacy’s love for Jake will last her lifetime.
Jake lived an active and exciting life. He had many hobbies, including sky diving, paintball, golf, and four wheeling. His true love was for the water, where he enjoyed wakeboarding, scuba diving, fishing, and sailing. He was a true otter, living his life by the motto, “Work Hard, Play Hard.”
For those who knew Jake, knew his true passion was the children in his life. He loved being an uncle and was as proud of his “baby girl”,Tesslin and “Joey Bear” as any parent would be. His friends’ children were also his nieces and nephews, and he routinely would spoil them. A young cousin of his described it perfectly, “I thought he hung the moon.”
Jake is survived by the love of his life, wife Lacy of Missouri; mother Kary Pickett (Mike) of Casper; siblings Morgan Collums and Kade Ames (Valerie) of Casper, Ken Crowder (Rachel) and Joy Crowder of North Carolina; grandmother Harriet Ames of Casper; Uncles Curt Webb (June), MJ Webb (Sheri) of Texas, Steve Amen (Kay) of Texas; Aunts Jan Amen of Texas, Susan Prentiss (Chuck) of Arizona, Laura Grossman and Gayle Andress (Greg) of Casper; niece Tesslin Tucker of Casper; nephews Joey Coffelt of Casper, Paxton Crowder of North Carolina; and many other cousins and “adopted” nieces and nephews. Survivors also include his extended “brothers,” Shane Rivett (Mikla) of Casper, and Jon Dannels (Cindy) of Missouri.
He was proceeded in death by his favorite man and mentor, grandfather Bill Webb, along with his grandmother Lin Webb; grandfather Keith Ames; grandfather Kenneth Crowder; grandmother Edna Melin; father Scott Crowder; “brother” Shawn Rivett; and his beloved fur babies Baxter and Eli.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the 12-24 Club of Casper or Wyoming Recovery.
A service celebrating Jake’s life will take place on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Wyoming Rib and Chop in Casper, Wyoming. Please follow the stairs up upon entrance.