Alton Winter “Bud” Crevasse, 92, of Chattanooga, died on Monday, October 25, 2021, in Chattanooga.
Bud was born on March 4, 1929, in Cedar Key, FL, to the late Charles William Crevasse, a part-time barber and part-time mullet fisherman, and Pearle (Beasley) Crevasse, a schoolteacher. As a teenager, Bud moved to a boarding house in Gainesville, FL, where he attended Gainesville High and received a scholarship to the University of Florida. At the University of Florida, Bud majored in mathematics and education, and met and married Charlotte Chamberlain, the vivacious and loving mother of his four children.
After serving with the Air Force in the Korean War, Bud worked on the Apollo program for General Electric, then as a nuclear engineer for TVA, then as a consultant to the nuclear power industry and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ultimately serving as a delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency. In his retirement, Bud remained active with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, as a volunteer for Memorial Hospital, as a regular at the downtown YMCA, and as a member of the Green Team, helping with the landscaping and maintenance of roadways in the Chattanooga area.
Following Charlotte’s death in 2008, Bud married his hometown sweetheart, Rona Watson, who also preceded him in death.
Bud was not merely accomplished; he was also dearly loved by those who knew him. Bud was easygoing, adventurous, self-reliant, considerate, uncomplaining, dapper, and fun. In short, he was good company.
Survivors are his children, Karen Trautman, Clay Crevasse, Denise (Mike) Taylor, and Chris (Kathleen) Crevasse; his grandchildren, Sara, Diane, and David (Karen); Brian, Julia, and Clayton (Clay); Kate, Kirby, and Emma (Denise); and Tessa and Isabel (Chris); and 14 great grandchildren.
A private celebration of Bud’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church followed by an interment of his ashes.
Memorial donations may be made in Bud’s honor to St. Paul’s and to Alexian Village on Signal Mountain.
Please visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share words of comfort or memories of Bud.