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David Arthur Crockett Jr.

April 22, 1930 ~ April 7, 2020 (age 89)

Obituary

David Arthur Crockett, Jr.

April 22, 1930 ~ April 7, 2020 

USAF, Retired

 

David A. Crockett Jr. died April 7th, 2020, he passed peacefully in his Lake San Marcos home surrounded by his family.  Mr. Crockett was the only son of the late David A Crockett Sr and Priscilla Darsy-Crockett. He was raised in Los Angeles, California where he joined the United States Maritime Services at the age of 16 and later relocated to Fresno, California where he attended Fresno State College. David graduated from CSUF in 1957 with a degree in Journalism and he had also studied Architecture which was his lifelong passion. Mr Crockett met his future bride, the late Lillianbelle Hollister-Crockett, who was the former 1951, Miss Fresno and they were engaged at the base of Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite, CA.  Mr. Crockett was enlisted  as a member of the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Division, during the Korean War and was deployed to Japan in the summer of 1951. He was joined by Lillianbelle later that year to be married in Tokyo, where they lived until 1954. During his service to our country, Mr Crockett was decorated with honors for his distinguished service in the Air Force Intelligence Division while stationed in Tokyo. He had been interviewed by the Library of Congress in 2011, about his service as part of the Veterans History Project, chronicled through the American Folklife Center.  Upon his return to civilian life, he went to work for the Fresno Bee until he was recruited by the Travelers Insurance Co. in 1957. David Crockett earned his credentials as a Certified Financial Planner, and as a member of the American Society of Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered LIfe Underwriter.  He was later transferred to the West Coast Regional Office, serving as manager until his retirement from Travelers in 1993 in Sacramento, California. David Crockett then opened Crockett Financial Services, an independent Insurance Agency. 

 

David ( Davy) Crockett, volunteered and served as Board President in many philanthropic and community organizations including the Fair Oaks Little League, The Fair Oaks Rotary, the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, The Sacramento Estate Planning Council and was a second generation member of the California Masons.  In 2010, David and Lillianbelle relocated from Fair Oaks to Lake San Marcos  where they became church members and David served on the board of the Community Lake Church. The Crockett’s embraced their new home which catered to a retirement lifestyle surrounded by a loving and supportive church congregation. 

 

In recent years, David devoted much of his time to the research of genealogy and the biography of his historic relative, Congressman and frontiersman Davy Crockett. His research  has been chronicled to include the history of both his and his wife’s families, dating as far back as the 1600’s. While studying Lillianbelle’s family tree, he discovered her ancestors were descendants of the Mayflower registry from the Robert Treat Paine Family. David and Lillianbelle were married 63 years until Lillian's death in 2015.  They are survived by their children, Cathleen Crockett-Shera and son-in-law, Reza Shera of Rancho Santa Fe, Stephen Glen Crockett of San Jose and the late David Arthur Crockett III of Sacramento. Also surviving are his grandsons, Alan Shera, Andrew Shera and Alexander Shera of Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Private Interment services were held at Miramar National Cemetery, where Mr Crockett was laid to rest alongside his loving wife.  A Celebration of LIfe will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to, The Lake Church, 1030 La Bonita Drive Ste 342, San Marcos, CA 92078

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