Obituary for Arthur Kenneth Crockett

Arthur Kenneth Crockett “Ken” 72, of Thatcher, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019, at his home in Thatcher. He was born Jan. 28, 1947, in Safford to Kenneth “A” and Anita May Jacobson Crockett. He married Mary Denise Filetti in the Mesa Arizona Temple on June 15, 1971.

Ken attended school in the Gila Valley and graduated from Safford High School Class of 1965.  He attended Eastern Arizona College and earned his AA. He was a former banker of 32 years, retiring as vice president. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a missionary in the Uruguay Mission from 1966-1968. He and Denise served as BYU Pathway Missionaries for two years.

He was active in the Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Salvation Army, CVCH Foundation, as they moved all around Arizona. Ken was awarded the Silver Beaver in the BSA for his contributions. He was awarded “Globe’s Citizen of the Month”, for saving a customer’s life at the bank.

Arthur Kenneth Crockett

Ken’s hobbies included; stamp and coin collecting, bicycling, collecting rocks with his brother, and landscaping.  He worked on the landscaping crew at The Gila Valley Arizona Temple and later served as an ordinance worker. He was known for his “Crockett humor”.  He was honorable in every sense of the word. He lived a life of service to others. He was funny, upstanding, and a family man. Three words to sum-up his life would be, service, honor, and humility.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Denise, of Thatcher; children, Monica Clarine (Joel), Megan Platt (Justin), Kenny Crockett (Michelle), and Danny Crockett (Gwen); mother, Anita Crockett; siblings, Jon Crockett (Leslie), Kimberly Price, and Jamie Buxton (Bruce); 16 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Michelle, and his father, Kenneth “A” Crockett.

 A celebration of Ken’s Life will be Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. at the Thatcher Arizona Stake Center. 

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at

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