Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 10th, 2012
Ray Crowe (born December 30, 1937), founder of the original Western Bigfoot Society twenty years ago, who in recent years has suffered a heart attack and the amputation of his right foot below the knee, was in surgery most of Monday, April 9, 2012. Ray was in the hospital to have his toes removed from his left foot due to continued circulation problems.
Ray’s decline began soon after he lost his beloved wife Theata (see her obituary) at the age of 66 on September 21, 2004.
According to the latest reports from Larry Sanders, Rhettman A Mullis Jr, and others, Ray has come out of the operation and is recovering quietly. Ray is at the V.A. hospital in Portland, Oregon (no calls please), and will be there until his healing is well-established.
The thoughts of all his good friends and fans are with Ray, for a quick and painless recovery.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.