CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — This year’s Crystal Fourth of July grand marshal has a passion for history, specifically the history of his hometown.
The Crystal Area Chamber of Commerce selected longtime Crystal Township resident David Wight as this year’s grand marshal, citing his recent involvement in the community after having moved back to his childhood residence on Duck Lake three years ago.
“David was instrumental in starting the Crystal Historical Society after retiring and moving back to the family farm,” said Crystal Chamber Secretary Tara Chapko. “He is dedicated to preserving the history of Crystal and is working to bring back the carousel. He is on the DDA, along with his wife, and would like to see Crystal continue to grow and thrive. He works with the Chamber to put the Chamber’s historical calendar together every year.”
Wight also is a member of the Duck Lake Improvement Board and is currently working to establish the Crystal Museum, hoping to locate it in the building currently occupied by the Crystal Library once it moves to the Crystal Community Center.
“I feel very privileged to be the grand marshal,” Wight said. “I grew up here and I feel the history of this area needs to be preserved.”
Wight attended Crystal High School until the school closed in 1961. He is a member of the Crystal High School reunion committee. He graduated from Carson City-Crystal High School in 1963.
Wight, who lives with his wife Elizabeth, is the third generation of his family to live at his residence on Duck Lake, a farmhouse on 120 acres of land that has been in the family since 1909.
Wight previously lived in Grand Blanc before moving back to Crystal Township upon retiring. He worked the majority of his career at General Motors after graduating from Michigan State University.
Together, David and Elizabeth have three daughters, who are all pursuing careers since graduating from college.
“It’s family that brought us back,” Wight said. “We have a family reunion here every year at “the farm,” although it hasn’t been farmed since the early 1920s.”
Wight will ride along in the Fourth of July parade, which circles Crystal Lake at 10 a.m. Friday, but said he hopes to have a float sponsored by the Crystal Historical Society close behind him as he throws candy to the crowd.
“The Chamber is pleased to have such a dedicated individual to represent Crystal as our grand marshal,” Chapko said.
Crystal Fourth of July schedule
• Firemen’s Light Parade around Crystal Lake, 9:30 p.m.
• Fourth of July Parade around Crystal Lake, 10 a.m.
• Chicken BBQ, Crystal Congregational Church, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Sky lantern release around Crystal Lake,10 p.m.
• Fireworks over Crystal Lake, 10:30 p.m.
• Crystal businesses open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.