Clarence D. Crouch Jr., 86, died in Las Cruces, N.M., on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. He was born to C.D. Crouch Sr. and Louise Bledsoe on Dec. 15, 1926 in Pampa, Texas. As a high school graduate, he then enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska as a firefighter. He became a contractor, building homes in Alamogordo and Ruidoso before moving to T or C and operated a business there. Dad was a devoted father, grandfather, husband and friend. He married Helen Balch and raised two children; Dayton L. Crouch and Dixie L. Crouch, later marrying Lucy P. Boyer. Dad loved boating, wood, metal working and at the age of 80 rebuilt a 69 Chevy Pickup from the ground up. Mostly, he loved being around family and friends. He is survived by his son, Dayton, daughter, Dixie as well as Brenda McGee, Janice Bryant, Kathy Boyer and Lisa Brown; grandchildren; Rob Crouch, Kam Stelter, Amber Graham, Shon Crouch, Seath Brown, Chealsey Brown, Shaina Brown and great grandchildren. Services are Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the 1st Evangelical Free Church, 1435 S. Pecos Street, Las Cruces, N.M. with Pastor John Powell officiating. Family has a memorial request to Jardin De Los Ninos, 999 W. Amador Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005. To send online condolences log on to www.lapaz-grahams.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 27, 2012