Friends We've Lost

Marjorie Stephenson April 28, 2018 WILLARD YOUNG April 15, 2018 Charles Carter April 9, 2018 Don Plummer March 18, 2018 Lawrence Collins March 13, 2018 Johnny F. Schults March 9, 2018 RONNY HODGKINS February 18, 2018 ED WATSON February 9, 2018 Joe South February 8, 2018 Larry Farnsworth January 17, 2018 James Crouch January 15, 2018 STEVE SMITH December 25, 2017 George Coit December 14, 2017 Janice Gregory December 13, 2017 david Malone November 21, 2017 Cecil Jones October 28, 2017 STEVE MORRIS October 16, 2017 Ray Royal October 14, 2017 Larry Corzine October 5, 2017 ROGER "PAPPY" HOPKINS September 19, 2017 John F. Cordary August 31, 2017 Lee Powell August 14, 2017 Mike FRENCH August 7, 2017 Zachery JESTER August 5, 2017 Bob Kucera July 2, 2017 Robert Emerson June 29, 2017 Greg Dismuke June 7, 2017 John Wallace May 10, 2017 ROY DARBY May 6, 2017 Michelle Johnson April 22, 2017 Harvey Hamil April 8, 2017 Bryan DeMoss March 12, 2017 Rick stayton March 10, 2017 Johnny Harrison January 4, 2017 LONNIE YORK January 1, 2017 Carl CHILDRESS November 25, 2016 Mike Hudgins November 9, 2016 MARTY TOOLE October 31, 2016 Brad Wiles October 22, 2016 Willie Flournoy October 2, 2016 barry ault September 21, 2016 Carl Davis September 3, 2016 Cindy Fellows August 20, 2016 James 'Jim' Reily Finger August 3, 2016 James "Red" Jones August 2, 2016 James "Red" Jones July 17, 2016 Pete Fogo July 10, 2016 Leon McWright June 26, 2016 Ed Spain June 17, 2016 Billy Hyde May 10, 2016 Richard W. "Bill" Spencer March 29, 2016 Earl Downey March 6, 2016 RAY MARTINEZ February 15, 2016 Jake Walker February 1, 2016 James "HENRY" KILE January 30, 2016 Eugene Smith January 21, 2016 Wesley Hendry January 6, 2016 Tim (Cheat) Lee December 12, 2015 Don Orren December 10, 2015 Rayford Harwell December 6, 2015 Mark Ideus October 25, 2015 Andy Hawkins October 7, 2015 Dixon Holman September 26, 2015 Jim Allen September 23, 2015 Tish Alexander September 10, 2015 Melvin McClay August 30, 2015 Ron 'TANK' BLALOCK August 21, 2015 Kerry Harris July 25, 2015 Butch Clark July 23, 2015 James "J" ROWLAND July 16, 2015 Roger Kinzie July 9, 2015 Hal Taylor June 26, 2015 Kurt Graff June 15, 2015 John Murphy May 23, 2015 Richard Skinner April 21, 2015 Bob Veitman April 15, 2015 Donavon Miller March 31, 2015 Mark H. Rorie March 17, 2015 Charles R. Capps March 6, 2015 Jerry Stephens February 17, 2015 John Talley February 13, 2015 Alvin Kinney February 12, 2015 Danny Roberts February 10, 2015 Bobby Larey January 5, 2015 Percy Penn December 18, 2014 Frank Dunn December 10, 2014 Walt Wilson October 30, 2014 Dino Jauregue October 30, 2014 Warren Hutcherson September 21, 2014 Stormy Walker September 6, 2014 Brian Candaleria August 30, 2014 Carl Kegler August 28, 2014 Leroy Smith August 26, 2014 Beau Hicks August 24, 2014 Rick Harralson August 15, 2014 Gregory Baines August 1, 2014 Ernest Cobbins July 1, 2014 Ted Kelley June 12, 2014 Fred Ratliff June 2, 2014 Henry Crenshaw April 14, 2014

James Crouch

January 15, 2018

EL PASO HALL OF FAME REFEREE DIES AT AGE 90

James Crouch accumulated many titles in his 90 years, earning recognition from the U.S. Army and from the El Paso athletic community for his years of service.  

Crouch, who died Monday after a lengthy illness at the age of 90, was a referee, a softball star, a decorated soldier, and the highest ranking African-American civilian employee in the history of Fort Bliss when he retired in 2010.

 

But more than all that, he was a mentor to countless youth in El Paso.

"Growing up in Fort Bliss, Mr. Crouch not only took care of me, he took care of a lot of children at Fort Bliss whose fathers were deployed and away," said Wayne Thornton, the public relations director of the El Paso Parks and Recreation department. "He was a father figure. He was a good man, an honest man."

 

More: James Crouch is the man in stripes

 

Crouch retired after 30 years in the Army as a chief warrant officer 4. He then was a civilian employee for the next 32 years and retired as the highest ranking African-American in Fort Bliss history as GM-14, a civilian equivalent to lieutenant colonel.

He was also inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame as a referee in 2006, and into the El Paso Softball Hall of Fame as a player in 2015.

 

More: Trio inducted into El Paso Golf Hall of Fame

 

He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Lillian Crouch. They had four children and numerous grandchildren.

 

"He loves children, he loves sports, he loved officiating," Lillian Crouch said. "He always felt you need to know the rules to be an official. He was a mentor to other officials. He was generous, whether helping people financially or just lifting them up when they were down.

"He was just a special person who loved helping others."

 

Crouch was born in Dallas and as a soldier was deployed to Germany, Japan and Korea.

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