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David "D.J." Jefferson Crocker

September 20, 1936 — February 19, 2017

David “D.J.” Crocker of McKinney passed away at his home on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at age 80. He passed away peacefully in his sleep, a totally unexpected loss, as he was actively working in his yard with several trips to Lowes the day prior to his death. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1-1:30 PM on Thursday, February 23, 2017 in the funeral home's chapel. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 PM on February 23, 2017 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ben David Watson officiating. Burial will follow at Faulkenberry Cemetery with full Military Honors for his 27 years of devoted service to our country in the United States Air Force. Pallbearers will be Gary Eakins, James Eakins, RT Beck, Jeffrey Zwolenik, Walter Hess and Walter Hess, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Crocker and Jeffrey Crocker. David was born September 20, 1936 in Kosse, Texas to Lethan and Lucille Crocker. He served in the US Air Force for 27 years, upon retirement from the Air Force he furthered his career in Civil Service at Patrick AFB in Florida. D.J. and Dorothy moved back to Texas from Florida in 2009. He was a member of the Masons and a loyal Veteran's Supporter. David enjoyed working outdoors, bicycling, a good football game (especially a fan of the Dallas Cowboys), a little blackjack, and great food, especially Blue Bell Ice Cream. His kids inherited his love for candy, ice cream, and good Southern food. D.J. was always looking for ways to fix things, and that meant fixing everything the best way, and it could be thought that he owned as many tools as Lowe’s. He refurbished many houses during his life, as well as his own and his kids’ homes, and he was working on his repairs on his sidewalk on Saturday. He never met a stranger, and loved talking to everyone he met and the neighbors who passed by his home, and he was always willing to help others. Since 2011, he was a 100% devoted care-giver to his wife Dorothy during her illness. His friends and family will always remember D.J. as a man of strength, kindness and loyalty as well as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. David is preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Terri Hess. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Jean (Smith) Crocker of McKinney; two sons, Michael Crocker and wife Heidi of Fort Meyers, Florida, and Jeffrey Crocker of Wichita Falls, Texas; daughter, Teresa Zwolenik and husband Jeffrey of Frisco; son-in-law, Walter Hess of Cape Coral, FL; grandchildren, Melissa Hubbard, Walter Hess, Zachary Crocker, Jamie Davidson, Jenna Hess, Nikkole Hill and Erikka Selisker, as well as 11 great grandchildren; and his sisters, Dorothy Kuykendal of Sweetwater and Polly Putnam of Hamlin, TX. He will also be missed by his wife’s family, including sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary Helen Eakins of Groesbeck, Shirley Jarvis of Groesbeck, Larry Smith of Mexia, Tommy and June Smith of Frisco, Barbara Davis of Mansfield, and Judy Turk of Rosenburg; and many nieces and nephews.
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Chapel Service

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Starts at 1:30 pm (Central time)

Groesbeck Funeral Home, Inc.

1215 E Yeagua St, Groesbeck, TX 76642

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