Tom William McCrary
Tom W. McCrary went home to be with the Lord on March 13, 2013 at his home in Bishop. He fought a short, tough battle with lung cancer. He was 78.
Tom was born in Rapid City, S.D. on Nov. 17, 1934 to Thomas and Pauline (Peck) McCrary. Tom grew up in Rapid City. He graduated from Rapid City High School in 1953, and attended Florida Technological University in Orlando, Fla. where he received a B.A. in Math-Education.
Tom started working in the Space Program in 1967 on the Apollo Program with Rockwell. He worked for Martin Marietta Corp. on the Titan 1-11 and 111x Program. He then left the program for about six years and taught High School in Titusville, Fla. He also coached baseball, basketball and football.
Tom returned to the Space Program (Shuttle) in 1978 with Rockwell Int. (later called Boeing). He was a test operations engineer on the Shuttle Program, processing and recovery of the shuttle.
Tom loved to dance and loved to play golf over the years. He also managed four “Hole in One’s!” A lot of friends called him Coach, Mac and Butch. He served in the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge in 1956. He was a Lifetime Member of the Elk’s in Titusville Lodge No. 2113. Tom also served as a deacon at his church. He was a loving husband, dad, pop’s, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend to many.
Tom was preceded in death by his first wife, Dora and daughter, Debbie Duncan Dorame.
He is survived by his loving wife, Diane McCrary of Bishop; son, Rick McCrary and wife Kim of Titusville; son, Greg Duncan and wife Jackie; grandson, Jack; granddaughter, Tiffany Cass; and great-grandson, Landon Cass, all of Palmdale; son, Russ Duncan and wife, Kat of Bishop; granddaughter, Bree Duncan Madron and husband, Matt of Salinas; grandson, Pvt. Jake Duncan, U.S. Army; granddaughters, Aimee and Heather Duncan of Bishop; granddaughter, Jaylene Santana; great-granddaughter, Rayen; and great-grandson, Braylon Andreas of Bishop; granddaughters, Cierra and Whitney Dorame of Bishop; granddaughter, Jessica Santana; and great-granddaughter, Claudia; and great-grandson, Noah Granados of Bishop.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 5 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bishop, Pastor Peter Thomsen officiating. Luncheon will follow.
Tom’s ashes will be taken back to the Sanders/Olsen Ranch in Caputa, S.D. where he spent many summers with the Sanders family when he was young.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Tom’s memory to Pioneer Home Health/Hospice of the Owens Valley, Eastern Sierra Breast Cancer Alliance or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brune Mortuary, Bishop.