2017 Grand Marshal
Jody Stahancyk’s grandparents Joseph and Anna settled in 1924 on a place on Lamonta Road. (Stahancyk’s have not been in Crook County long enough to warrant Jody’s consideration as a Pioneer Queen). Her father Joe Jr. graduated from Crook County High School in 1938, attended Oregon State University on a basketball scholarship and returned after World War II in 1946 to purchase the family ranch. Jody was born in Prineville in 1948 at the old hospital on West 1st Street. She graduated from Crook County High School in 1966 and during her college and law school years ran the Prineville Pool and taught many of the local children to swim.
In 1973 she moved to Portland to practice law. However, she has remained close to her Crook County roots. In 1982 Jody feared that her children Kate (then 9 months) and Seth (then 4 years old) would not experience the joy of the Crooked River Roundup Rodeo. She invited 60 of her closest friends to ride a bus from Portland to attend the Crooked River Roundup, Parade and Rodeo. This event was so well received by western Oregonian’s and locals who met to celebrate in a big party out on Lamonta Road that the party has grown to be an annual event which still includes buses from Portland and a barbecue that feeds 700 plus. In the 90’s the Rodeo Board asked that her party serve as the Queen Luncheon. In 2003, Joe Stahancyk Jr. was the Grand Marshall of the Crooked County Roundup and this year Jody Stahancyk will be the 2017 Grand Marshall. For the most recent 35 years Jody’s supported the roundup as set out above. In high school she sold programs, and attended dances, and made certain the city pool was ready every year for rodeo weekend.
Her legacy lives on in her granddaughters who attend local schools and her son who is the newly elected Crook County Judge, Seth Crawford. Jody and her husband John Crawford are active in local activities and charity events. In 2004, Jody opened a Prineville law office and is currently restoring, with her daughter-in-law Susan Crawford, the 1998 Lafollette House on West 1st Street.