I met Joe in 1980, when I was a student in his Electrical Trades class. Joe was the first person to expose me to the trade that I have made a career of these past 34 years. During the course of attending classes, I also got to meet some of his family, most notably Doris whom he loved dearly. Joe was a great instructor that took special interest in his students. We always enjoyed listening to stories he would tell of his Navy days with great interest, Joe was a great story teller and had an excellent sense of humor. I don't think that the Killeen Area Vocational School has an Electrical Trades class anymore, and thats a shame, because good people like Joe made a difference in young mens lives with the lessons taught in that program. Many good electricians came through Joe's class, including my business partner and today our outfit employs approx 100 electricians in the Central Texas area. I am honored to have known Joe, and thankful for having him be my first instructor in this trade. Even to this day I keep my Killeen Area Vocational School graduation certificate (class of 1982) on the wall of my office, signed by Joseph D. Crum. Thanks for your guidance Joe, you made a difference in peoples lives, you will be remembered.
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. I worked with Doris at Curtis Lumber for a number of years and Joe would come in and visit and make our workday a little brighter. My prayers go out to your family.
Grandpa. I miss you already. Its the Wednesday following your funeral and Im sitting at work unable to get you from my thoughts. Wyatt is having a hard time with this. He's associating you with the Peace Lilly I took home from your funeral. He got so mad at Lili when she ripped off a leaf. Your great grandkids are something else :)They say it gets easier as time goes on but for me its getting harder. I miss you. I love you. Tell Grandma and Uncle Steve hello for me.
I am forever grateful for the life lessons that you incorporated into our electrical trade class. Mr. Crum I can't thank you enough.
Ellison high school
Electrical trades class of 2002
A man can be measured by how he influences the young men around him. This is true of Joe Crum and he had a positive influence on hundreds of young men that he taught and mentored. Thank you for every lesson you taught all of us. Rest in Peace.
Electrical Trades 1984-1986