Ashton Funeral Home


David S. Crocket, III, Ph.D

December 30, 2017

David S. Crocket, III

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

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  1. Sue and Bill Kruse

    January 3, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. We have fond memories of our visits to Uncle Dave and Aunt Bee at their beautiful cabin in New Hampshire. Our sons loved watching the many chipmunks. Sue remembers the happy family gatherings when Uncle Dave’s family came to Westfield for Thanksgivings and Christmases.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Uncle Dave’s family.

  2. Debi Crocket Linck

    January 3, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Our deepest Sympathies to Uncle Dave’s family … the last remaining son of Roderick n Susan Crocket. Uncle Dave will be truly missed by all. I remember going to the college with my dad (Walter) to visit Uncle Dave, then when we lost our Henry Uncle Dave’s Love and understanding was of great comfort… At Uncle Don’s funeral Uncle Dave told us many family events that I had never known .. I will miss you Uncle Dave. You are with your beloved Bee and your siblings… Rest easy now Sir …. With much Love, Debi

  3. Terry Cooper

    January 4, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Cindy, So sorry about your Dad!

  4. Ed Kerns

    January 4, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Dave was a special person. He was very helpful to me upon my arrival at Lafayette as a young Art Department Head. I remember him most for his kindness. Please accept my condolences.

    Ed Kerns

  5. James Jefferson Crocket son of Roderick

    January 6, 2018 at 10:12 am

    I visited Lafayette College in the fall of 1964. Uncle Dave took us to a home football game, and after that, I was shown around campus by a student from one of the Fraternities. It influenced my decision to attend Indiana Institute of Technology in the fall of 1965 where I majored in Chemical Engineering. Uncle Dave & Bee and his family will always be in my heart, and a major influence in my life. God Bless All. I intend on being at the Memorial March 3rd. .

  6. Barbara Malatesta

    January 7, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Dr. David Crocket was known by me only briefly when I listened to him tell his life story so I could write it for him. His love for his wife and family and his pride in his chosen path in life was very obvious. As you celebrate his life and grieve your loss please accept my sympathy.

  7. Williams Family

    January 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Condolences to the Crocket family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.