Former Juneau resident Arthur E. Crostick died suddenly on March 4, 2008, at his winter home in Oro Valley, Ariz. He was 58.
Born in Renton, Wash., to Darlene and Lawrence Crostick, he graduated from Foster High School in Tukwila, Wash., and received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1972 and his Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University in 1978.
Highlights of Crostick's 26-year Coast Guard career were his command of the patrol boat Cape Shoalwater in Florida and Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico.
Crostick's numerous awards and citations included the Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and the Humanitarian Service Medal, all for personal life-saving actions. He felt fortunate to have served at outstanding operation units for 21 years of his career. The five air stations he served at won six unit commendation awards including two in his three years while serving as commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen.
After retirement, Crostick returned to his beloved Alaska and managed ABC Yacht Charters in Juneau for two years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, golfing, and being in nature; he enjoyed traveling and was looking forward to scheduled trips to Namibia and China.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sharon Crostick, OroValley; parents Lawrence and Darlene Crostick and sister Susie Schultz of Lacey, Wash.; sister Becky (Mel) Wheeling of Yelm, Wash.; brother Burt (Kim) Crostick of Wasilla; aunts Delores Magruder of Bonney Lake, Wash., and Marilyn (Jim) Patton of Orting, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial celebrations will be held in Oro Valley and Tukwila, Wash. Crostick's remains will be dispersed at sea in Alaska. The family may be reached c/o Sharon Crostick, 220 E. Suntree St., Oro Valley, AZ 85737.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of the giver's choice. Memorial funds in Crostick's name have been established at the Best Friend's Animal Society (www.bestfriends.org), 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (www.specialops.org), Box 13483, Tampa, FL 33681, and The Conservation Fund, (www.conservationfund.org), 1655 N. Fort Myer Drive, Ste. 1300, Arlington, VA 22209.