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3/16/08 - From:Tom Gemmell 
To:  Joe Kyle, Jim & Karen Whiting, Buzz Rome, Hank Blaney, Jim Cooper, Ed Page, John Larned, Mark Noll 
Subject: Art Crostick's Obituary 
Date: Sunday, March 16, 2008 9:29:36 AM 

   Sorry to have to pass this on . Art was a good friend here in Juneau and well respected in Alaska. Regards, Tom

Sunday, March 16, 2008 Story last updated at 3/16/2008 - 3:04 am

Arthur E. Crostick

Juneau Empire Former Juneau resident Arthur E. Crostick died suddenly on March 4, 2008, at his winter home in Oro Valley, Ariz. He was 58.

Born in Renton, Wash., to Darlene and Lawrence Crostick, he graduated from Foster High School in Tukwila, Wash., and received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1972 and his Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University in 1978.

Highlights of Crostick's 26-year Coast Guard career were his command of the patrol boat Cape Shoalwater in Florida and Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico.

Crostick's numerous awards and citations included the Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and the Humanitarian Service Medal, all for personal life-saving actions. He felt fortunate to have served at outstanding operation units for 21 years of his career. The five air stations he served at won six unit commendation awards including two in his three years while serving as commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen.

After retirement, Crostick returned to his beloved Alaska and managed ABC Yacht Charters in Juneau for two years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, golfing, and being in nature; he enjoyed traveling and was looking forward to scheduled trips to Namibia and China.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sharon Crostick, OroValley; parents Lawrence and Darlene Crostick and sister Susie Schultz of Lacey, Wash.; sister Becky (Mel) Wheeling of Yelm, Wash.; brother Burt (Kim) Crostick of Wasilla; aunts Delores Magruder of Bonney Lake, Wash., and Marilyn (Jim) Patton of Orting, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial celebrations will be held in Oro Valley and Tukwila, Wash. Crostick's remains will be dispersed at sea in Alaska. The family may be reached c/o Sharon Crostick, 220 E. Suntree St., Oro Valley, AZ 85737.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of the giver's choice. Memorial funds in Crostick's name have been established at the Best Friend's Animal Society (www.bestfriends.org), 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (www.specialops.org), Box 13483, Tampa, FL 33681, and The Conservation Fund, (www.conservationfund.org), 1655 N. Fort Myer Drive, Ste. 1300, Arlington, VA 22209.


3/06/08 - From John Larned -  Dear Classmates:

I am sorry to have to report on the passing of our classmate Art Crostick. I first got the word this morning from Hank Blaney and have since spoken with Artís wife Sharon.

He passed away suddenly at home in Arizona on March 4th following a week or so of not feeling well. He had had a heart artery embolism about 8 years ago but was successfully treated at that time. Sharon suspects that it was something similar or related but nothing definitive is known.

Sharon will appreciate all of our support and she will give us details in the next few days as to what might be appropriate for donations, etc. No arrangements have been made as yet but tentatively she is planning a Celebration of Life for April 19th.

Their address is;

220 E Suntree St.
Oro Valley, AZ 85737

At times like this we are always reminded of whatís important in life and how lucky we were to be classmates, to have known each other and to have been associated with someone like Art.

My sincere best wishes to all!
John
610-357-2900