And on Aug. 1, the Clay County Chamber of Commerce will honor him for his achievements.
The chamber has set up a Roast for former Brazil Mayor Kenny Crabb, Aug. 1, at the Oak Ridge Steakhouse, 9784 CR 300 E., Brazil.
Cocktails will be served from 5-6 p.m., with dinner set at 6 p.m. The roast will take place following dinner at the steakhouse.
"I'm kind of excited about it," Crabb told The Brazil Times. "I didn't know it was going to happen until I saw it in the paper."
Crabb said he was informed about the roast by someone as well, who had saw an advertisement about the roast in the newspaper.
"I told them I didn't know anything about it," he said.
When he arrived home, his wife, Phyllis, told him she had known about it for a couple of months.
"It was all news to me when I heard about it," Kenny said. "I'm looking forward to it."
Crabb grew up in Clay County and when he was a youngster, lived on the north side of town.
Chamber of Commerce President Phil Redenbarger said the organization plans to roast several residents in the future.
"We're taking a look at what other things we can do for the community and this is certainly one of those things," Redenbarger said. "We think there are many people in the community that deserve this kind of recognition."
When it came time to set up a roast of a local citizen, however, Redenbarger said Crabb was an easy choice.
"He's an icon in the community," Redenbarger said. "He's just a really well known, well liked guy. He's done a lot for the community."
Redenbarger said the Chamber intended to keep the roast quiet in order to surprise Crabb.
"The word leaked out," Redenbarger said.
Mike Lawson will serve as emcee of the event, which will include featured "roasters."
Before becoming Mayor of Brazil, Crabb was involved in the Clay Community School Corporation for close to 40 years.
He began his education career as a sixth-grade teacher at Pinckley Elementary School in 1952.
While being involved in the school corporation, Crabb served in numerous positions, including teacher, principal at numerous schools, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent.
He was the first principal at Northview High School.
After he retired from education, Crabb ran for Mayor of Brazil and was elected in 1991. He served three terms, leaving office in 2003.
Crabb also served in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant.
He was stationed in Italy for more than a year and served in the Korean Conflict.
He and his wife have three children, Chuck Crabb, who is the Assistant Athletic Director at Indiana University, Cindy (who lives in Maryland) and Casey Crabb, who lives in Monticello, Ind. Kenny said Casey has followed in his footsteps as he serves on the White County Council.
The meal at the event will consist of a choice between prime rib or grilled chicken along with side dishes and desserts.
Tickets for the event cost $30 per person or $240 to reserve a table for eight. Tickets are currently available at The Brazil Times, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., but are limited.