Former Utah Supreme Court Justice J. Allan Crockett, 88, who served 30 years on the court - longer than any other justice - died Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9, 1994, at his Salt Lake home.
Justice Crockett, who was chief justice of the court at the time of his retirement Jan. 5, 1981, had been ill for some time.Justice Crockett, who was known as the court's philosopher and a judge's judge, was born in Smithfield, Cache County. He attended schools in Clarkston, also in Cache County, in Weston, Franklin County, Idaho, and East High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of laws from the University of Utah.
Justice Crockett served as deputy Salt Lake County attorney from 1933 to 1938; secretary and counsel to the Public Service Commission from 1939 to 1940 and as a 3rd District judge from 1941 to 1951. In the latter year he was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court and served three 10-year terms.
He received many awards. The Utah Bar Association presented him a Distinguished Lawyer Emeritus Award in March 1987.
"In my opinion, he was a very distinguished jurist and devoted to the development of the law in the state of Utah. He had a decided influence over a 30-year period on how the common law of Utah should be developed," said Geoffrey Butler, clerk of the Utah Supreme Court. Butler was clerk of the court during Justice Crockett's last term as chief justice in 1979 and 1980.
In addition to his work as a jurist, Justice Crockett was widely read in literature, philosophy and poetry. He served as chairman of the Utah Symphony Board. He was chairman of the March of Dimes, chairman of the executive committee of Salt Lake County for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, chairman of the Utah State Institute of Fine Arts Board and the Legal Aid and Family Service Societies.
In addition, he served many years on the Salt Lake Lions Club Committee for Service to the Blind.
Memorial services are pending and will be announced by Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple.