Donald 'P-Bear' Bruce Crook

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By The Staff

CROOK – Donald “P-Bear” Bruce Crook, life-long resident of Clovis passed away Monday, June 16, 2008, at the age of 74.

He was born to Bruce Olin Crook and Sallie Mae McCauley Crook Jan. 17, 1934, in Clovis. He was raised in Clovis and graduated from Clovis High School. As a young adult, he worked for the railroad, and later became a licensed electrician. He was a member of the IBEW, and owned Don Crook Electric, before retiring. He was an avid supporter of scouting and served as scout master for 17 years and original member of the Bear Patrol. He was a member of Central Baptist Church of Clovis.

P-Bear’s greatest delight was being with his family and especially the children. He also delighted in his almost daily outing to Walmart where he always ran across a few friends to visit with.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Buck and Sallie Mae Crook; his brother Bill Crook; and great granddaughter AnnaKay Justice and nephew Bruce Crook.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Venita Jones Crook; two sons: Rex and wife Marsha of Los Alamos and Max and wife Susan, of Ada, Okla.; daughter Donna and husband Bill Smith of Clovis; eight grandchildren: Amy Crook Justice and husband Jay of Los Alamos; Kay Crook Chinn and husband John of El Paso, Texas; Danielle Smith Conley and husband Josh of Haslet, Texas; Erika Smith Fury and husband John of Clovis; and Megan, Emily, Dylan and Caleb Crook of Ada, Okla.; and five great-grandchildren: Ashlee, Jamie and Jessica Justice of Los Alamos, Morgan Fury of Clovis, and Kye-William Conley of Haslet, Texas. He is also survived by Jerry Crook and wife Anna of Clovis, and numerous other cousins.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2008, at the Portales Cemetery, in Portales, N.M. Alan McAlister and Rev. Dick Ross will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home, 800 E. Manana, Clovis, N.M. 88101 – 575-763-5541, www.steedtodd.com.