Smokey Crabtree was a legend among the field of bigfoot researchers and enthusiasts. His family made famous by one of the most influential films in bigfoot history, the Legend of Boggy Creek. Smokey worked as a consultant on the film, and had published several books, cd's, and a website on the subject. via Loren Coleman at cryptozoonews.com:
On April 22, 2015, “Smokey” Crabtree was 88. He passed away on January 16, 2016, in Fouke, Arkansas, which he called “home” his entire life, despite his many travels. He raised a family and worked in 18 foreign countries and almost every state in the United States.
Julius E.”Smokey” Crabtree was raised in Fouke. He grew up quickly and took on responsibilities at an early age. At sixteen he was a welder for the U.S. Navy, staying in the service in that role for three years. During that time he was also a boxer, and fought in the Golden Glove tournament in San Francisco, California in 1944. He was also in the grocery business.
At nineteen he volunteered for the Merchant Marines and by the age of twenty-three he was married and the father of three children. The family moved back to Fouke and built a home in the country; he continued to follow pipeline work as a welder.
With his busy life, he still found time to roam the Sulpher River Bottoms to trap, hunt, and fish, the things he enjoyed and loved as a boy. Smokey and members of his family were actors in a movie entitled The Legend of Boggy Creek about the Fouke Monster. Smokey served as a wildlife guide and consultant for the filming, and he is the author/publisher of his first book Smokey and the Fouke Monster.
Smokey was a survivor, having outlived one of his sons, Tommy, who was killed in a welding pipe explosion in 1987, and relative Karen Sue Crabtree, 50, who was killed in a car wreck in 2009.
The second eldest son of Smokey Crabtree, James Lynn Crabtree, 60, of Fouke, Arkansas, died April 20, 2011, in a Little Rock, Arkansas hospital. Lynn, as he was known, had one of the most influential and important sightings of the Fouke Monster when he was 14 years old.
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