Sunday Serendipity

Our disc jockey and soul mate Jace is on a higher trail. A message from his daughter-in-law:

Good morning Craig,

I don’t know when this message will be read, or by whom, but your frequent contributor and author of the Sunday Serendipity, known as Jace, passed away in May, shortly after his last post. I know he shared a little about his cancer journey on the blog, but it returned rather aggressively last May and he beat every odd fighting it the past year. 

I came to your blog to scroll through, what I assumed would be, his older posts, only to find he was still engaging and writing up until his last week of life. What an amazing surprise and connection to him! I wondered if you could post a final Sunday Serendipity in his honor and let his online comrades know he won’t be posting anymore? 

I’d like to nominate All Good Gifts from Godspell. It was the finale at his senior vocal recital and his musical offering on our wedding day. It also seems to be the most fitting testament of his person and how he lived day to day, extremely observant, but enamored with the beauty of life.

Thank you for giving him a voice and a community to belong to. 


Click Here for all of Jace’s Sunday music.


Author: craigcrawford

Trail Mix Host

35 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. Sigh.  Good travels Jace. Your trail mix friends will miss you.  Thank you for elevating us, specifically on Sundays and generally through your posts and lively engagement. Our world will be poorer without you in it. 

  2. I can see our dear trail friend continuing his sunday school lessons on paul, engaging with the old saint himself and arguing logic laced with beautiful music for emphasis.

  3. Merde…  
    Godspeed Jace…  you will be sorely missed.
    Mallory…  deepest condolences to your family.

  4. Dear Mallory,

    Condolences to you and your family.   Jace was very much a well loved member of this family as well and will be missed.  Sunday was always his day to make us all be a better person, so it is fitting that this Father’s Day should be in his honor.


  5. I certainly heard a whole passel of music I would otherwise have never heard, so yes, thanks Jace.
    it was a great idea, and executed flawlessly.

  6. in 2016 jace started our Sundays with beauty like this one he gave us these three years and four days ago:

    By Jace, a Trail Mix Contributor


    Nostalgia, beautiful scenery and amazing men’s singing. One of my favorite clips ever. Enjoy the music, enjoy the day!

  7. Jace, sleep easy and sleep late on this Fathers’ Day. My condolences to your family.

  8. We’ll miss you, Jace! You were such an important and beloved part of our community.

    Mallory – thanks for your beautiful note, and condolences to your family.

  9. So sad.  I think I can associate myself with everyone’s comments.   I think I’ll just go and have a good cry.

  10. Jace was one of those rare individuals who lived his faith in a way that made non believers, such as myself , reexamine our beliefs. We have been missing him not just for our Sunday music lesson but for the intelligent interaction we have all had with him. Thank you Mallory for letting us know for certain.  My thoughts are with you and your family as you work your way through these times.

  11. I think I’m going to go out in the garden and look at all the weeds that need to be pulled

  12. jack, don’t be surprised when those “weeds” look back at you and wonder at your hubris – –  what do ya mean weeds, wise guy, we were here first and will be coming back after your kind are long gone.  we thrive on CO2

  13. Pat
    lol, I’ve got stuff back there that on my best day I can fight it to a draw.  BTW around here summer decide to show itself a few days early. Been a cool month until today, It is summer time.

  14. Our summer showed up in May ….no spring, well, maybe this one day towards the end of April, but wham, 100 degrees.

  15. I saw Ella close up with a quartet outdoors at the College of Charleston Cistern.   Either 78 or 83…….she was beautiful.

  16. We have had a good spring if you raise cattle, We had all the rain in April and May made the grass grow like crazy then the last 3 weeks it has turned dry with low humidity. Perfect for putting up hay. Cut it in the afternoon and bale it the next. sometimes even faster than that.  But not so much for the bottom land corn farmers. They still can’t get in the fields and it starting to get late for even planting beans. Drove out west to the middle of Kansas, the wheat fields looked good, ready to harvest. But there were a lot of other fields yet to be planted.

  17. My watermelon man is SOL no melons from  him this year. This is the second time in 5 years with no crop. But if it was a drought year he would be the only man with melons locally. His fields are out east along the Missouri river. The levy broke out that way don’t know if it got his fields or not. He will probably have a ton of late sweet corn, got to plant something.

  18. “Sunday was always his day to make us all be a better person, so it is fitting that this Father’s Day should be in his honor.”

    Jamie, another reason this day is so fitting for a dedication to Jace is to remember him as the embodiment of a good father who deeply loved and was so proud of his family.  so many of his comments to us on the trail were about them and their achievements.  may they take comfort in that memory.

  19. an op ed in wapo that’s really something not to be ignored

    Saving face


    How Donald Trump silenced the people who could expose his business failures
    ow did Donald Trump, a self-serving promoter who lost billions of dollars for his investors, convince the world that he is a financial genius? It wasn’t just by fabricating tales of his success. It was also by bullying and silencing people who could have stopped those deceits — particularly reporters and Wall Street analysts — forcing all but a very few into a conspiracy of silence.
    First, I turned up three never-before-published letters from Trump to Forbes from 1989, in which he claimed to be worth $3.7 billion. We now know that he reported losses of about $100 million that year and that he was treading near insolvency. Then I started to contact other people who had collided with Trump in those years. Journalists told me how he’d tried to block their reporting on his empire — by making up ethical scandals about them, furnishing fake documents and, in one case, threatening to expose the private life of a closeted media executive. Wall Street analysts witnessed a campaign of intimidation that began when Trump got one of them fired for (correctly) doubting his casinos’ ability to pay off their debts.


  20. RIP Jace.  Your Bullhead City stories of extreme heat and dusty desert always resonated with me as a fellow desert rat.  We passed through BC recently and we thought of you and your music selections streaming down from the canyons and onto the Colorado River.  The next time we are up that way will be even more meaningful than usual.  BTW, only 106 today after three or four days of 110 plus.  You’ll laugh at the thoughts of heat and desert from wherever you are listening to music now.  Adios!  

  21. This afternoon I passed by one of Maryland’s military cemeteries and saw the rows of cars and of many people walking to grave sites to stand, and often leave flowers.  Fathers would be amazed at how much love there is for them after their passing. 

  22. Happy Fathers Day to all of you fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, and great great grandfathers.
    I’ve been having pleasant dreams about my late father lately. 

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