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DeeDe Crigler: Building a better Barstow

 DeeDe Crigler, executive director of the Mojave Valley United Way, was born right here at Barstow Community Hospital — where she worked for over 12 years.
“I am a proud Barstownian!,” she said. “I am the mother of three children: Andrew, Justina, and Joshua. I have four grandchildren: Tiffany, Hailey, Lexi, and Jayden Mc Bride. I attended and graduated from Barstow High School.”

Q: What is your passion?
A: My passion / motto is: “A Better Barstow Starts with ME!” My advice to everyone is to get involved in the community to make a positive impact. Children are our future and anything that I can do to be a positive role model, I will do it!

Q: Any hobbies?
A: I have done the following over the past 10 plus years: Volunteer Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Bureau, Vice-President, Volunteer parent at Barstow High School, Volunteer for the Holiday Meals Program, (Elected) Volunteer Membership Chair for the California Association of Medical Staff Services Desert Chapter, Volunteer Education Committee for the State of California's CAMSS, Cheer Coach for the Barstow Starz, Volunteer Kiwanis Club of Barstow Board Member/President, Volunteer Relay for Life Board Member, Volunteer Team Leader for March of Dimes, Volunteer Secretary for Barstow Youth Soccer, Voluntary Secretary/President for the United Way, Volunteer Children's Ministry at Calvary Chapel of Barstow, Volunteer BCH Healthy Woman Board of Advisors Member, Volunteer Barstow Community Football & Cheer Coach and her most busy after work function is as the Volunteer Barstow Pageant Event Coordinator.

Q: Describe a special memory you have of Barstow.
A: I love all of my memories of being in and participating in the Mardi Gras Parade. I was either riding on my pony, horses, marching in the Barstow Junior High Band, or the Barstow High School Band. It was an memory that I will never forget!

Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.
A: What you might not know is that in 2006 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I am thankful that through the physicians and most of all, GOD — I AM CANCER FREE!!

Q: What are the top three issues facing the Barstow, and what's your take on them?
A: I believe that that most important issue facing Barstow is keeping our youth involved and on the right track. They are our future and we need to keep them focused.

Q: Tell us about your faith.
A: I have attended Calvary Chapel of Barstow for the past 20 years and I am a PROUD Christian.

Q: Tell us about one place you would love to visit and why.
A: I would love to take our Competitive Cheer Team to Hawaii for the World Finals Competition. We always qualify but it is just not in the budget.

Q: Where do you get your values from?
A: I get my values from my grandparents. They lead a strong family presence and always made sure that we all stood united!

Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about Barstow.
A: My favorite thing about Barstow is that this town always comes together in a crisis. We are the “Little Town with a Big Heart”!

Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: I love the fact that we can assist others in their time of crisis.

Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?
A: Get involved in the community and make a change. Don't just complain, go out there, get involved, and make a difference. Be honest and always tell people how much you appreciate their assistance. Always tell your family that you love them!!!!

Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Ice cream and coffee are my guilty pleasures.

Q: How can readers get a hold of you?
A: I can be reached at Mojave Valley United Way, (760) 256-8789 or e-mail

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