Melvin V. Crocker

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JULY 2, 1946 - DECEMBER 24, 2013
Mel Crocker, 67, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away at Hospice House in Hughson, CA on December 24, 2013 after a two-year battle with cancer that only briefly caused him to leave his home and devoted family. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Donna Lea Ward Crocker of Modesto, CA; sons David Scott Crocker of Sacramento, CA, Brian Christopher Crocker, Modesto, CA; daughter-in-law Shannon Crocker and grandson Nathan Richard Crocker also of Modesto; sister Joyce Crocker Mantovani and family of Bethesda, MD; and Aunt Grace Crocker of Quincy, IL.; plus many colleagues and friends in the Modesto area and across the country.
 Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Mel Crocker lived in Villanova, PA; Riverdale, MD; and Garden Grove, Stockton, and Modesto, CA. From 1966-1968 he was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Viet Nam and earning three Purple Hearts. Mel attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania, Loyola University in Baltimore, and Kaplan College in Salida, CA. During a professional life spanning more than 38 years, Mel held positions in the General Motors Corporation in Washington DC, Long Beach, CA and Stockton, CA before opening Pippin Communications in Modesto. Subsequently, he devoted much of his time as a volunteer serving vulnerable populations with multiple needs.
Mel's unflagging devotion to his family, his knack for finding humor in any situation, and his unwavering commitment to the causes and people he believed in will be remembered with love by his family and his large circle of dear friends. He loved music and especially singing in the church choir; and enjoyed building projects and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and the Gospel Mission of Stanislaus County. Mel was also active with the Centenary United Methodist Church in Modesto as a Church member, past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, choir member, and usher. He was especially grateful this past year to the many friends who were so faithful visiting, to the in-home Hospice team and the staff at Hospice House, as well as the tireless team at Fire Engine Co #9.
Friends, family, and colleagues will celebrate Mel's life in a special service on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Centenary United Methodist Church on McHenry and Norwegian in Modesto. A Veteran's Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Acacia Memorial Park in Modesto.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Centenary United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 1911 Toyon, Modesto, CA 95350; or to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

Published in the Modesto Bee from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2014
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