Crooks, Joel

Joel Crooks
Have been held.

Joel Keith Crooks, 55, of Aurora, Colo., died Thursday, April 19, 2005.

He was born on Feb. 2, 1950, in Clovis, to R.E. “Tooter” and Zonah Crooks.

He graduated from Texico High School in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army from 1971 until 1974. He worked with the Clovis Police Department from 1975 until 1979. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1978 with a bachelor of arts degree. He moved to Colorado In 1979 and worked for the Aurora Police Department. He married Lynne Parker in 1999.

Survivors include his wife; his mother; two sons, John Gregory III of Cody, Wyo., and David Gregory of Lakewood, Colo.; a daughter, Paula Fritzsche of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Aryle Crooks (and wife, Margie) of Texico and Paul Crooks (Roxie) of Lubbock; and four grandchildren, Karis and Cole Fritzsche and Rachel and Benjamin Gregory.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cops Fighting Cancer, c/o Officer Jim Seneca, Aurora Police Department, 15001 East Alameda Drive, Aurora, Colo. 80012, or to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 5353 West Dartmouth Avenue., Denver 80277.

Arrangements are by Horan & McConaty Funeral Home of Aurora, Colo.