Kevin Crossland was born Jan. 29, 1951, in San Francisco. His parents, Rita and Archie Crossland, later settled in the Land Park area of Sacramento. Archie was an owner of Bonney and Gordon, where Kevin often worked growing up.
Kevin graduated from Christian Brothers High School.
He competed in downhill ski racing and was chosen to be on the Olympic Hopeful team but injury prevented him from going to the Olympics. He then attended Menlo School and later graduated from Cal. While at Cal he belonged to the Beta house, played rugby, and coached the Cal ski team. Kevin remained the most avid of Cal supporters. He fundraised, mentored football players, attended football games, and befriended everyone he met along the way. There was a Cal sticker on every vehicle he owned and a well-stocked Cal “shrine” full of mementos and photos that filled his office.
After college Kevin worked in the clothing industry and later became a financial advisor. He married and started a family. His daughter, Emily, and his son, Ryan, were always near and dear to his heart. He loved his children. Kevin touched people everywhere he went. His love for people was genuine. He gave so freely of himself.
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Kevin was sober for 32 years and remained active in the recovery community by serving on boards, sponsoring other recovering alcoholics, and reaching out to families in need. He loved playing tennis and helped to bring Napa its first professional tennis tournament. He also loved duck hunting and belonged to several clubs in the valley. He was recently elected to sit on the California Waterfowl Association board working in fundraising and habitat improvement.
Kevin passed away suddenly on Jan. 26, 2015, at his home in Napa. He is survived by his daughter, Emily Schroeder (Todd Schroeder); son Ryan Crossland; stepchildren Nick (Kate), Jack, Anika, and Kellen Chasuk; and wife Francesca Kirkpatrick.
Kevin is deeply missed by friends too numerous to count.
A celebration of Kevin’s life will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at St. Apollinaris Church, 3700 Lassen St., Napa, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at Napa Valley Country Club.
In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to one of Kevin’s favorite things: California Waterfowl Association, 1346 Blue Oaks Blvd., Roseville, CA 95648; or Cal Athletic Development, 195 Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 94720.