Laurance W. "Laury" Cracroft, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, accomplished businessman, renowned public speaker, devote civic servant and relentless humorist, died at his Salt Lake City home May 21, 1998.

Born in Salt Lake City, March 14, 1919, the oldest son of Ralph and Grace White Cracroft. Following stints as a journalist and radio script writer, he graduated cum laude from the U of U in 1941, just in time to join the Ninth Marines. He was decorated for combat actions at Guam and Iwo Jima and retired from the Marines as a Colonel following World War II.He married Kathryn Davis, December 24, 1941, in Quantico, Va. He is survived by his wife; sons and their spouses, Laurance Davis (Susan) Cracroft, MD, and John Tod (Marilee) Cracroft; daughter, Vicki (Robert) Bluth; grandsons, Corey and Brett Cracroft, Adam and David Bluth; granddaughters, Calee, Abigail and Emily Cracroft; brothers, R. Paul (Kay) Cracroft and Richard H. (Janice) Cracroft; sister, Helen (Jack) White. The long time worthless family mongrel, Hobo, graciously preceded his master in death.

His civic and business leadership activities included Salt Lake Rotary membership (47 years), Roatary presidency in 1961, district governor (1983-84) and Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Recipient (1978). He worked at Hemenway and Moser Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1982 after serving 20 years as president. He gained renown as a master of ceremonies and key note speaker for cultural, civic, business and charitable events.

Laury served as an officer of the Salt Lake Better Business Bureau 1968-73, SLC Community Services Council 1967-73, University Club 1954-60, Greater SL United Fund 1963-71 (President 1966), University of Utah Alumni Association, and Salt Lake Chapter American Red Cross. He received the University of Utah's Emeritus Award in May of 1987. His greatest achievement was the joy he shared with his friends and family. All who know him, laughed with him.

Friends and family may call Monday, May 25, from 5-7 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive. The memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at Wasatch Lawn.

Please donate to a charity of your choice in his honor.

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