Damien Gabriel Crochet died on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at the age of 39 in his Bellevue, Washington home. He was born July 5, 1974, in Dallas Texas and grew up in Texas, Michigan and Colorado. He is survived by his wife Anne Hartl Crochet, daughter Arora Kay (age 5) and son Jackson Kasimir (age 18 months); his parents: George and Suzan Crochet; brother Gerren (Michelle) Crochet; his uncle Steven (Annie) Park, his uncle John (Josephine) Crochet, and aunt Irene (Edgar) Brown; first cousins, Joan Crochet, Jane (Rudy) Butcher, John (Shrmila) Crochet Jr., Paul Brown, Adrian (Maria) Brown, Derren (Shivonne ) Brown, Anna (Frank) Pizzileo, and Michael (Kristen) Park; in-laws: William and Kristine Hartl, Erin (Adam) Lincoln, Brian (Theresa) Hartl; and over 30 second cousins, nieces and nephews. Damien will be best remembered as a loving father and a brilliant engineer. As an eighth grader, while on a group tour in Kazakhstan, Russia, Damien and his new Russian friend toured the main rocket launch pad before being chased away by security. He was smitten by the possibility of one day going into space. His career allowed him to travel the world and live out his childhood dreams of designing automobiles and working on the forefront of the aerospace industry. He traveled to 6 continents and loved to engage with international cultures. He cultivated lasting relationships with an intimate group of friends and professionals. To his family and friends he was a devoted Daddy, a lover of music, an avid griller, a true man's man, a mentor and role model, a walking encyclopedia and a connoisseur of the finest things in life. After graduating with honors from Boulder High, Damien attended Stanford University as an undergraduate where he played football and studied mechanical engineering, and completed graduate study at Stanford and UC Berkeley. He worked for 10 years as an engineer and Project Manager at General Motors including becoming certified to test cars on the Nürburgring Race Track, and as spokesperson in marketing video as a member of GM Future Vehicles design team. Over the last seven years Damien held multiple senior management positions at The Boeing Company that included development of the Dreamliner, mentor for Boeing's Junior Leaders' Program, member of the Aerospace Industries Association as Chairman, Conflict Minerals Working Group, member AIAA, and mentor for NSBE. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Damien's village who has offered prayers, support and gave him a lifetime of love and friendship. The Family will have a celebration of life ceremony in both Seattle and Boulder in 2014 and will notify friends and family of a specific time and date soon. The family requests that any gifts go towards a donation in Damien's name to The Family Learning Center of Boulder, Colorado in support of students who are deserving of a scholarship to higher education.
Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Dec. 1, 2013