Spencer Cleveland Crookston Jr., 91, passed away peacefully on Jan. 27, 2014, at the Heritage Home in Preston, Idaho. Born the second child of seven children to Spencer Cleveland and Josephine Reeder Crookston in Logan, Utah, Spencer spent most of his childhood in Dayton, Idaho. He married Elsa McQueen on Jan 9, 1948, in the Logan Utah Temple.
He graduated from West Side High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army in Rome during World War II
. He was awarded the Bronze Star
for his service there. He also served for 13 years in the first National Guard unit formed in Preston. He retired from Utah Power and Light, where worked for 37 years. Spencer is a high priest in the Preston Fourth Ward. He was Ward clerk for two bishops and served as stake financial clerk for 17 years under three different stake presidencies. He enjoyed being a ham radio specialist and also worked in the family history extraction program.
Spencer loves the mountains and canyons. He enjoyed hunting, camping and vacationing with his family. Gardening, building projects with wood, dutch-oven cooking and helping any of his children or anyone he saw that had a need. Spencer and Elsa lived in Preston all their married life, where they raised their six children. He is survived by his children: Nicholas (Geraldine) Crookston of Chubbuck, Idaho; Larry Crookston of Honolulu, Hawaii; Leah Ann Whiting of Nampa, Idaho; Janet (Doug) Profaizer of Hyde Park, Utah; Eliza (Carter) Talbot of Logan; and Steve (Mary Sue) Crookston of Preston, Idaho. They have 19 grandchildren, and 41 great-grandchildren with one on the way. He is also survived by two sisters, Carol McNiel of California and Edith Helmendollar of Pocatello; and by Reed (Barbara) Crookston of Kearns, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Elsa, and siblings Enid Foster, Jean Balls and Josephine Olsen.
Funeral services will be at noon Friday, Jan. 31, in the Preston North Stake Center, 310 N. State, Preston, Idaho. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th East, Preston and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday at the stake center. Military rites and interment will be in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com