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Friday, December 28, 2012

DL Capt. John E. Crum

DL Capt. John Ellis Crum
March 1, 1938 ~ December 23, 2012
Services:  His ashes will be scattered in the mountains of Park City, UT. A party to celebrate his extraordinary life is planned in St. George, UT on March 2, 2013.

Word has been received with the passing of retired DL pilot Captain John Ellis Crum, age 74. Captain Crum hired on with Delta 02-10-1965. He was based ATL early in his career, then SLC. Captain Crum retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1998 based 030/LAX, noted as a Ld. Line Ck. Airman with 33 years of service. An article dated February 26, 1998 appeared in The Cincinnati Enquirer featuring Captain Crum marking his final landing as a commercial pilot with the traditional water salute. Born/raised in Ohio, Captain Crum said he was ''closing the circle'' when he landed his final commercial flight at the CVG airport. You can read his story at http://www.enquirer.com/editions/1998/02/26/loc_kypilot26.html

Survived by his wife Judith ‘Judy’, personal condolences
may be sent to their home at
2277 Cohonina Circle, Saint George, UT 84770-5318 ... (435) 652-1826.

Arrangements for Captain Crum will be posted on our blog spot when known.

John Crum (1938 - 2012)

John Ellis Crum
We are sad to announce the passing on December 23, 2012, of JOHN ELLIS CRUM (known to old friends as "Buck") following a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was born on March 1, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio. A graduate of Ohio State University, he was a paratrooper with the 82nd and the 101st Army Airborne and an Army pilot. After discharge, he joined Delta Airlines as a pilot and, for the next 33 years, flew domestic and international routes. He traveled all over the world enjoying early extreme sports including skydiving, deep water diving, mountain climbing in Africa, skiing and blue water sailing.

He leaves behind a beautiful and much cherished family: his wife of 41 years, Judith; his son, Scott and his wife Wendy and grand-daughters Brittany, Taylor and Caly; his son, Eric and his wife Chelsea, and grandchildren Lily and Evan; his daughter, Karen (Cricket) Donkin and her husband, Conrad and grand-daughters Mekayla and Zoey.
His ashes will be scattered in the mountains of Park City, UT. A party to celebrate his extraordinary life is planned in St. George, UT on March 2, 2013.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to www.woundedwarriorproject.org

.Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from January 6 to January 7, 2013

Thursday, February 26, 1998
Water jets mark final flight

Capt. John E. Crum lands his last flight as a Delta Air Lines pilot Wednesday.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HEBRON - Delta Capt. John E. Crum said he was "closing the circle'' Wednesday when he completed his final flight as a commercial airline pilot, from Frankfort, Germany, to Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport. Mr. Crum, who grew up in Hyde Park and graduated from Withrow High School, landed the Delta MD-11 jumbo jet and taxied between twin arches of water from a pair of airport firetrucks in a traditional final salute. ''I flew my first plane (a single-engine Taylorcraft) out of Lunken (Airport) in about 1956,'' said Mr. Crum, who will celebrate his 60th birthday today at his home in Park City, Utah. ''I wanted to end my flying career where it started. It seemed fitting.'' Mr. Crum, who began his career with Delta in February 1965, has more than 25,000 flight hours in both civilian and military aircraft. He piloted the inaugural flight from Cincinnati to Paris in 1991 and flew Jimmy Carter from Atlanta to his presidential inaugural in Washington. He is qualified to fly seven different commercial aircraft, as well as helicopters and single-engine land and sea planes. A graduate of Ohio State University, Mr. Crum became an Army paratrooper after college, when he discovered ''it might be better to fly the airplane rather than jump out of it.'' Federal Aviation Administration regulations mandate retirement at age 60 for all commercial pilots. ''I may learn to play golf, and I'll be able to spend more time with my wife,'' he said. ''There is some nostalgia here. I won't miss the long nights over the Atlantic or the time away from home. But I will miss the camaraderie, and I'll miss Delta. It's been a good company.'' Ironically, Mr. Crum couldn't make a connecting Delta flight from here to Salt Lake City on Wednesday afternoon because snow storms in Utah had closed the airport.

Captain John Crum checked me out on the L1011, as Captain. During the checkout I learned that we had several things in common, we were both Airborne/Rangers, in the US Army and there are not many of those working for any Airline.

Captain John Crum was a gentleman and I am sorry that he is gone.
Capt. Richard B. Hathcock (FMR)
Pismo Beach, CA

1 comment:

  1. One of Delta's finest , gone too soon .
    Lorna Gienelloni , Flight Attendent , 1969.