Joe Allen Crutchfield, 81, died after a brief illness September 11, 2017, at his home in Cordillera Ranch, Boerne, TX. He was born April 5, 1936, in Holdenville, OK. His parents were Mary Ruth and J. C. Crutchfield. He grew up in Duncan, OK.
He is survived by his wife, Anita; two children, Joe Crutchfield, Jr. (Mary Ann), of the St. Louis area who is CEO of Investor's Title Company, Clayton, MO, and daughter, Jill Counts (David), of Midland, TX. She is a former teacher and tennis coach at San Antonio Christian School. His grandchildren are Jonathan Crutchfield, Jennifer Counts McCann, Sarah Counts Grace, and Matthew Counts. He is also survived by two great grandchildren, Brooklyn Grace and Hudson McCann. Other survivors include two brothers and a sister: Jim Crutchfield (Jane Ann) and Sue Boren, both of Edmond, OK, and Steve Free, Marble Falls, TX. His extended family includes nieces and nephews Tiffany Baker, Amy Junger, Andrea Corman, Paul Boren, Jr., and Jon Charlton Boren.
Joe graduated from Duncan High School in 1954. He was a versatile athlete beginning in his early teens, winning track events at the Junior Olympics in Houston. Throughout high school, he lettered in basketball, football, and track. As a junior, he won first place in broad jump at the state track and field meet in Norman, OK.
He attended Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University (OSU)) from 1954 to 1959. Joe participated in both track and basketball on scholarship. During his career at OSU, he went to an NIT tournament and played against Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson. The highlight of the 1957 season was the upset of no. 2 Kansas and Chamberlain in Stillwater (56-54). He always said it was a privilege to play for Mr. Iba (Henry). His senior year, he was named the outstanding OSU basketball player. In the award presentation, Mr. Iba called Joe the ideal athlete and a boy of strong moral character, determination, and selfless attitude. Joe graduated from OSU in 1959 with a business degree.
Joe and Anita Ensey were married July 12, 1958, in the First United Methodist Church in Duncan. He worked with his father and brother, Jim, in the family business, Ben & Ray Clothiers, for many years. He belonged to the First United Methodist Church, Rotary Club, and Elks Golf and Country Club and served as president of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce.
Joe was a true entrepreneur, managing businesses in Corpus Christi, Houston, Lawton, OK, and Oklahoma City. In 1991, he founded Houston Plating Company in South Houston, TX. He served as president until his retirement in 2007. He and Anita lived in Clear Lake City and were members of Bay Oaks Country Club. Following retirement, they moved to Cordillera Ranch.
Joe loved to fish, play golf, travel, and spend time with his family and grandchildren. To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, he and Anita took the family to Hawaii. He enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada and Alaska with his son. He was devoted to his family and all acknowledge that he was a great influence in their lives. He will be remembered for his grace and good humor, always telling amusing stories about his childhood.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: OSU Foundation, c/o Basketball Fund 23-52100, 400 S. Monroe, Stillwater, OK 74078. If donating online, visit www.OSUgiving.com and search Basketball Fund. Please specify in memory of Joe Crutchfield. You may also donate to the Bergheim Fire Department or the charity of your choice. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select Obituaries. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne, Texas.
Published on September 12, 2017