2013-02-21 / Obituaries

Dennis ‘Doc’ Croucher

Dennis Orland “Doc” Croucher lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 8. He was born in Ventura on March 24, 1949, just a scant 63 years ago to Rita and Harley Croucher. He and his brother, Michael, were world travelers as children due to being Navy brats.

As an adult, after a stint in the Army, he worked in the music, publishing, and communications industries. He moved to Mariposa in 1979 where he met and married his wife Chelli, and they raised four children: Mindi, DJ, Tomi and Keena.

Doc was an avid reader who also enjoyed fishing, gardening, online poker and slots, playing his moldy oldies, shooting pool, hanging out with friends and family, cooking, yelling at the TV when his team was losing and helping people. When it snowed, he would make coffee and give it to the stranded travelers, then help them chain up and send them on their merry way.

He was the “Voice of the Grizzlies” for about 10 years. He emceed the Labor Day and Butterfly Day parades, the home show and various other community events. He was president of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and first vice president of the California State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

He was preceded in death by is parents, Rita and Harley Croucher.

He is survived by his wife, Chelli of Mariposa; his brother, Michael and wife Pati of Ohio; his children, Mindi and Curt Hibpshman, DJ Croucher, Tomi Croucher and Chris Allred and Keena and Bryan Johnson; grandchildren, Curtis and Nasheena Hibpshman, Christina and Luke Hughes, Melyssa, William, and Samuel Hibpshman, Emma Croucher, Kyra and Lily Johnson.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Dennis Croucher Family Fund at Yosemite Bank account #307015446. Memorial services will be on March 2 at 11 a.m. at McCay Hall in Cathey’s Valley.

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