James Malcolm Crowley

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James Malcolm Crowley, 89, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015 in League City, Texas, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on September 19, 1925 in Bowling Green, Ohio to Thomas Crowley and Esther Murlin Crowley. Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 46 years, Mary Margaret Feeney Crowley; his brother Thomas H. Crowley and sister Margaret Larsen; and sons Thomas Edward Crowley and Patrick Joseph Crowley. He is survived by his brother, J. Patrick Crowley and wife Sheilah, sons James Malcolm Crowley, Jr. and wife Jerrian Marie, John Michael Crowley, Robert Stephen Crowley and wife Jennifer; daughter, Anne Cecilia Crowley Longoria and husband Otto Longoria; grandchildren, Meghan Crowley O’Neal and husband Daniel, James Malcolm Crowley III and wife Ashley Nicole, Erin Elizabeth Crowley, Lauren Michelle Crowley, Sophia Longoria and partner Jussi Tinnemeyer, Esteban Longoria and wife Abbye, and Christopher Longoria; great grandchildren, Kellan James O’Neal, Maddox James Crowley, Estella and Francisco Longoria, numerous extended family members including Curtis Mayfield, and many lifelong friends.

When his nation called he answered by joining the US Navy in 1943 at age 17 and served in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific theatres aboard the Destroyer Escort USS Traw, and was part of one of the largest naval armadas ever assembled, in Manila Bay prior to the assault on Okinawa. He always claimed that if Emperor Hirohito could have seen the forces arrayed against him that day, he would have surrendered on the spot. After being honorably discharged in 1946, he returned to Ohio and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University on the GI Bill. In 1967, Jim moved his family to Dickinson, Texas, where he worked as a mechanical engineer for various NASA contractors and Pan Am Services. He had a passion for sports, especially baseball, served as a Little League coach for many years and passed on his love of the game to his children and grandchildren. He volunteered for many causes, among them Keep Dickinson Beautiful, Mares Memorial Library, Shrine of the True Cross Church, volunteer teacher for the HOSTS Program, and substance abuse counselor for The Men’s Center. But most of all he loved sharing time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all of his wonderful friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and will always be remembered for being a perfect gentleman, for his calm guidance and wise counsel, his kindness, superior intelligence, unmatched loyalty and generosity, belief in fair play, his subtle wit and his deep sense of humor.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff of Harbor Hospice and Harbourview Care Center whose professionalism, kindness, and attention to detail made these last few difficult weeks much more bearable. That profession calls for a special kind of people, and those organizations have them. We also wish to extend special thanks to long-time friend Carmen Kranz Green for her experience, guidance and love, and to all of our dear friends who supported us and helped us through these trying times. Such love, care and generosity can never be fully repaid.

Visitation will be held from 5 pm to 8 pm Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, May 29, 2015 at Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church, in Dickinson, Texas. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Jim’s memory may do so to any of the organizations named above or to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association, Wounded Warrior Project, Alzheimer’s Disease Research, or the American Legion, organizations to which Jim contributed for many, many years.


  1. Uncle Jim will be sorely missed. He was a wonderful, warm individual. Dad and he treasured their post Ohio State football game recaps and distance and time only added to their insight and enjoyment of that ritual. Go Buckeyes, rest in peace Uncle Jim (Jas). Cindy Taylor

    Cindy Taylor
  2. My deepest condolences to the Crowley family! The world has lost a wonderful man. May God comfort you and you find comfort in your memories of “Dad”.

    Dedra Amato

    Dedra Amato
  3. Dear family,

    Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary Margaret always held a special place in the hearts of the New Jersey Crowleys. That’s a wonderful picture of him accompanying the obituary – just the way I remember him. He always had a laugh, a kind word, and a twinkle in his eye. Uncle Jim came up for dad’s 80th birthday, where some of the grandchildren reenacted dad’s life – including dad and Jim’s job at the dairy, picking flies out of the cottage cheese. Jim and dad were laughing so hard I was a little worried. I’ll be thinking of you all. I know you’ll cherish all your memories. You, like us, were so lucky to have such wonderful parents.
    your cousin,
    Mary (Margaret) Crowley

    Mary Crowley
    • I’m laughing now, Mary Margaret, remembering the same story. “Wait for them to rise, then flick and cap.” Oh lord. Wonderful men they were, but would have been incomplete without Aunt Rita and Mom. Love my double cousins!


  4. So sorry for your loss. He was a good man and had a wonderful life and family.

    Prayers that your hearts are filled with good memories.

    Gretchen Schultz Blackburn
  5. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time. As for being a gentleman, my mom would always say this about him. He also had helped her with several things throughout the years. He was a great Man. My Condolensces

    Dianne Kasper
  6. Mr. Crowley was very active with the Empty Stocking program! For many years after his dear Mary Margaret died, he continued to help by collecting boxes for the food. He took them to a storage room all summer and fall, so that we would have at least 200 boxes by Christmas time. We loved him for that.

    Molly and Wyndell Deats
  7. Our deepest condolences to John and family. Wish we could attend.

    Bruce and Lynn Bryant
  8. John, condolences my friend.

    Lee Stebbins
  9. Jim will surely be missed by our family. He and Mary Margaret were close friends since 1975. Jim and my mom Betty Barton worked together for Pan Am. Jim was such a good friend to Tom Barton after his stoke, he would come to visit even though Tom was not able to converse with him. We as a family have always enjoyed our time spent with him. God Bless to all the family. Carolyn Guffin

    Carolyn Guffin
  10. Jim was a very caring person whom I will miss. in addition to his Christmas cards, Jim always included a personal note for Steve and me that I always appreciated. I know he was a special person to all of the New Jersey Crowleys and he will be missed.

    Lora Crowley

    Lora Crowley
  11. My condolences to all the Crowley clan on the loss of Mr.Crowley.He was a great dad, community volunteer and neighbor.We were so fortunate to have him and the Crowley family as neighbors in Bayou Chantilly and as fellow members at Shrine of the True Cross.He mentored many a little leaguer on how to turn a double play, and often answered the question, “So, just what is a Buckeye?”.

    We will light a candle at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Indianapolis Sunday and say a prayer for Jim, Mary Margaret, Tom, Pat and all the rest of your wonderful family.

    God Bless, Chris Molloy

    Chris Molloy
  12. Our deepest condolences! We counted the Crowleys among our dearest friends. From Little League when he coached our son Joseph in the 60s to the many projects at Shrine of the True Cross. We have moved to San Antonio, but Dickinson will always be “home” Our love and prayers to the family.

    Jose and Sara Castillo
  13. So sorry to hear of Uncle Jim’s passing. He was a lovely man. He always contacted me on my mother (Margaret)’s birthday to tell me he was thinking of her.

    Maren Larsen

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