David S. Crocket, III, Ph.D., 86 of Easton, PA died Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Bethlehem Manor. Born March 6, 1931 in Cranford, NJ he was a son of the late Roderick and Susan (Mathiesen) Crocket. A 1948 graduate of Hartford High School, he served in the Army during the Korean War before earning his PhD and Master’s Degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire. He received his AB in Chemistry from Colby College in 1952. A Professor at Lafayette College from 1959 until retiring in 1996, he served as Associate Provost and Director of Personnel and Research, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Dean of Special Programs, Associate Dean of the College and Professor of Chemistry.
He was a member of numerous professional and honorary groups including: Society of Sigma Xi (Past-President, Lafayette Club), American Association of University Professors (Past-President of Lafayette Chapter), American Chemical Society (Secretary and Counselor Lehigh Valley Section), College and University Personnel Administrators, National Council of University Research Administrators (Northeast Region) and Board of Directors of the University City Science Center. He was a member, Deacon, Trustee and Elder at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Easton and Scout Master for Troop #3. He also served as President of the Easton Visiting Nurses Association and on the Boards of ProJeCt of Easton and Lehigh Valley Child Care.
He is survived by 5 children: Lauralynn Kanai and her husband Takeo of Mission Viejo, CA, Cynthia Farley and her husband Mike of Plainfield Twp., PA, D. Scott Crocket and his wife Becky of Bridgton, ME, Daniel Crocket of Essex Junction, VT, Sarah Crocket-Tone and her husband Patrick Tone of Easton; 10 grandchildren: David, Abby, Sarah, Bucky, Chris, Kathleen, Emily, MJ, Brooke and Elizabeth Anne; and 5 great-grandchildren: Emma, Alia, Luca, Matilda and Louisa. He was predeceased by his wife: Beulah (Richardson) Crocket in 2006 and siblings: Ruth, Marion, Jean, Winifred, Ena, Roderick, Walter and Donald.
A Memorial Service will be held 11 AM, Saturday, March 3, 2018 in College Hill Presbyterian Church, 501 Brodhead St, Easton, PA with a calling period from 10 to 11 AM in the church. The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling arrangements. Interment is in Conway, NH.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Hospice, 801 Ostrum St., Bethlehem, PA 18015 or College Hill Presbyterian Church, 501 Brodhead St., Easton, PA 18042. Offer online condolences at www.AshtonFuneralHome.com.