Milton Samuel Crawford was born in Chicago, IL on December 5th, 1932, to Rev. Andrew Crawford and Nellie (Stegenga) Crawford as their second son. His father started a storefront church in Battle Creek, Michigan and moved his family from Chicago to join him. Later, his family moved to a farm in Athens, Michigan when Milt was 9 years old.

He graduated from Athens High School in 1951. He worked for Post Cereal in Battle Creek, before being drafted in the Army. He served as a Medic Assistant in the Korean Conflict, and as a General’s Driver. Following his honorable discharge in 1955, he worked for Vitro Engineering on the S.A.G.E. (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) Project at Fort Custer. He was also a Youth Minister for the Church of the Four-Fold Gospel in Battle Creek Michigan. It was there he met his wife, Jeanette Minor; they were married in June of 1956. Working a swing shift, Milt attended Western Michigan University to study H.V.A.C. (Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration).

Upon graduation, Milt had a refrigeration repair shop out of his home in Michigan. Then, Milt answered an ad in a refrigeration magazine to work in Florida, was hired, and asked if he could start in 2 weeks. In 1959, Milt sold the refrigeration business and they, his wife and 6-month-old son Scott, were on the way to Sarasota, Florida. His new boss died after a few years and Milton was encouraged by customers to start his own Air Conditioning and Heating business. Fast forward to 1967, he started Milt’s Air Conditioning and Heating Service.

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