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John M. Crocker, plumbing supply owner

John Morris Crocker, former owner of a plumbing supply business on Maryland Avenue, died of kidney failure Sept. 23 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. The former Glen Arm resident was 95.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of E.M. Crocker, founder of a Maryland Avenue plumbing supply company, and Dorothy Laws Crocker, a homemaker. He was a graduate of the Landon Academy in Bethesda, where he was a top scorer on its basketball team and quarterback of the football team.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Pacific at Saipan.

After the war, he joined his father at the E.M. Crocker Plumbing Supply Co. at Maryland and Lafayette avenues in the Station North neighborhood. After his father's death, Mr. Crocker owned the business, which he later sold.

Mr. Crocker won golf championships at the Baltimore Country Club and won bowling trophies at the L'Hirondelle Club in Ruxton.

The Crocker family operated a summer camp at Limespring Farm, their home in Glen Arm.

Plans for a life celebration are pending.

Survivors include three daughters, Antoinette Powell of Bald Head Island, N.C., Jenny Killgallon of Lutherville and Dorothy Hyman of Monkton; a sister, Dorothy Hebrank of Georgia; a stepson, Thomas Parkinson of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His wife of 32 years, Anne Davis Crocker, died in 1972. His second wife of 36 years, Virginia Wooden Crocker, died in 2009.


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