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John Morton Crockett Jr.

18 décembre 194612 octobre 2016
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John Morton Crockett, Jr., 69, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital in Columbia, S.C. following a lengthy illness. Born in Perth Amboy, N.J. on December 18, 1946, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Elaine Gregory Crockett.

Mr. Crockett was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and a Vietnam veteran. He graduated from N.C. State University and remained a loyal Wolfpack fan. He settled in Columbia to work in the family business and became president of Crockett Welding Supply distributorship. After selling the business, he began at SCETV in 1990, eventually rising to Vice-President of Engineering. He and his team oversaw one of the most complex and innovative public television, radio and education networks in the nation which includes more than 600 towers statewide.

He was devoted to his SCETV family whom he respected and admired. His passion was advocating for emergency communications in the state. His efforts led to enhanced partnerships between SCETV with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) as well as dozens of other state and federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security. He is credited with SCETV’s ongoing participation in the SC Healthcare Emergency Amateur Radio Team (SC HEART) program, an initiative that links hospitals around the state in times of emergency by using volunteer amateur radio operators.

He worked with the S.C. State Guard sponsoring Amateur Radio License training sessions and served as a mentor and technical advisor. He was President of the Columbia Amateur Radio Club and Vice President of the Southeastern Repeater Association.

He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by Major General Robert E. Livingston, Jr., the Adjutant General of S.C.; The Swamp Fox Patriot Award by the S.C. State Guard; The Blue Granite Award from S.C. State Senator Phil Leventis; and the Friend of the Taxpayer Award from Gov. Jim Hodges. In September 2016, the South Carolina ETV Commission presented a resolution honoring him “for his unfailing vision, steadfast loyalty, and leadership of emergency management communications.”

He was also a past president of the Rotary Club of Five Points, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, Paul Harris Sustaining Member, a Ten Star Rotarian, and served on many committees.

Though proud of his many accolades, family and friends will remember him for most for his generosity, humility, kind heart, and caring spirit. His faith in God, and love for his wife, children, and grandchildren gave him strength to persevere despite his illness. His heart was fullest when he was surrounded by his four grandchildren who knew him as “Poppie”.

Mr. Crockett leaves behind the love of his life, his wife, Karen Estes Crockett of Ballentine; daughters Christine Crockett who resides at their home, Cheryl Taylor (Travis) of Columbia, and Cassandra Taylor (Graham) of Irmo; grandchildren, Jackson, Temperance, Elaine and Preston; sister, Nancy Crockett Cooper (Miles) of Columbia; and two nephews and a niece.

A memorial service for Mr. Crockett will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with burial in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

Memorial gifts may be made to the John M. Crockett Internship Fund to support internships for young, aspiring engineers through the ETV Endowment, 401 East Kennedy St., Suite B-1, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Services

  • Visitation

    lundi, 17 octobre , 2016

  • Memorial Service

    mardi, 18 octobre , 2016

Souvenirs

John Morton Crockett Jr.

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7 novembre , 2017

Surely doesn't seem like a year since we lost John. John was a vital part of Amateur Radio Communications in SC and with SERA. We miss him and still feel his presence. He and Shaun were a vital part of our Coordination software development. General Doolitle said "there's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer" John exemplified that. We miss him and pray for your comfort. Roger Gregory W4RWG SERA President

Ronnie Casey

20 octobre , 2016

Our Condolences and deepest sympathy to the Family for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ronnie J. Casey, K4JDR
Southeastern Emergency Communications Network
Raleigh, NC

Stephen Reichlyn, AA4V

20 octobre , 2016

I just heard of john's passing this morning. I knew him on both a professional level and a personal level due to our mutual interest in amateur radio. We operated together in several field day operations in the 70s and 80s. I left Columbia in 1995 but ran into John at hamfests throughout the area. He always had a smile and extended his hand in greeting. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. I shall miss him.

Linda O'Bryon

18 octobre , 2016

John embodied the true meaning of public service. His caring spirit will live on, and we are all blessed for having known John. His dedication, loyalty and vision have made us a better organization at ETV, and our state is a better and safer place in which to live. Our hearts go out to his wonderful family. God bless you all.

Billy South

18 octobre , 2016

We are keeping John's family in our thoughts and prayers.
Billy and Kimberly South, Columbia SC

bobby mcbride

18 octobre , 2016

I have known John for about 9 years and enjoyed his friendship he will always be in my thoughts I will pray for his family and friends ,

18 octobre , 2016

To the Crockett Family, John will truly be missed. A dedicated man who always do his best to make things happen to enhance the Engineering Department of ETV even more. May you rest in heavenly peace. God bless your family.

Glinda Patterson

18 octobre , 2016

I pray that the peace of our Lord surround the family during this time. Let us celebrate the life of a caring, giving , talented man that we know is today walking streets of gold with our Lord. 73 John, I will see you on the other side. KK4DGV Anaya

Karen Hutto

17 octobre , 2016

John will be missed in the Amateur Radio community and in our healthcare coalition. His guidance has helped many of us in the preparedness world. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

17 octobre , 2016

My deepest condolences to the family, so sorry for your loss. Rick Daves

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