Long-time Denver resident Jack McCroskey died Wednesday morning at home in Denver. Mr. McCroskey moved to Denver in 1966 to work as an economics professor at the University of Denver. He served three times in the state of Colorado House of representatives where he championed many laws such as exemption from sales tax on food. Mr. McCroskey was also instrumental in creation of elected board of directors for the Regional Transportation District (RTD) on which he served as a director for 12 years. As chairman of the board of directors of RTD Mr. McCroskey was responsible for creation of the first light rail line in Denver which was called MAC which was short of Metro Area Connector. Mr. McCroskey was preceded in death by his beloved wife Bettye who died in 2001 and his son Byron. Mr. McCroskey is survived by two children, Jacquelyn, a professor at the University of Southern California, and Thomas, a local chiropractor. Mr. McCroskey has two grandchildren, Marissa McCroskey of Denver, and Maura Pally of New York City. He has one grand-daughter, Tenlie, who is enrolled at Columbia University in New York City. Mr. McCroskey was also survived by his grandson John McCroskey who resides in Denver, CO. Services are planned Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 880 Fairfax St., Denver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Charg, 303-830-8805.
Published in www.denverpost.com on Jan. 9, 2014.