In Memory . . .
LaMar Emory Crocker
LaMar Emory Crocker ("Crock"), age 79, peacefully passed away November 25, 2006 in Salt Lake City surrounded and received by those who love him. He was born February 7, 1927 as son of Emory Crocker and Edna Victoria Gotberg Crocker in Salt Lake City. Crock married the love of his life, Aenona ("Noni") Mayhew Crocker October 1, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. Crock was the constant partner and companion of his beloved wife, Noni, and together they created a marriage of great joy. He was devoted to his three children, and cherished his grandchildren, and great-grand-children. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Pacific theater, participat-ing in the battle at Iwo Jima, and was among the first landing parties in post-War Japan. Upon returning from the war he joined the Salt Lake City Fire Department, a lifelong occupation from which he derived tremendous satisfaction and was instrumental in saving many lives. During his 27 years of Fire Department service he had several leadership roles, including Fire Captain. His friendships in this service were a source of great joy in his life. For over 40 years he also ran a successful printing business, which was known for quality and integrity. Crock was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving a wide range of assignments, including years of service in his Elders Quorum presidency. The highlight of this service was working in a "Project Temple" program where many couples were sealed to their families. He was an active high priest and committed to his calling as a temple worker in the Salt Lake Temple, which service was a great blessing in his life and something he missed dearly when his health deteriorated. Crock shared with Noni an abiding passion and love for Lake Powell and spent much of their lives introducing this cherished experience to their children, grandchildren, and literally dozens of lifelong friends. Crock taught more people how to water ski with his rousing shout of "hit it!" than any other man! He was a strong and skilled water skier, as well as a gifted racquetball and handball player. Crock is survived by his lifelong companion, Noni; sons, Gary (Ann) and Kevin (Kris); son-in-law, Adrian Pulfer (Tamra); brother, Richard; sister, Shirley (Bill) Crocker; as well as five grandsons; 10 granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his cherished daughter, Tamra; and parents. Funeral services will be held 12 noon, Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at the Monument Park 14th LDS Ward chapel (2255 S. Wasatch Dr) in Salt Lake City, with a viewing prior to the service at 11 a.m. Friends may also visit with the family Tuesday evening, November 28, 2006, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South. The interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Estates. Online condolences via www.larkinmortuary.com
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune from 11/26/2006 - 11/27/2006.