Donald E. LaCrue, 83 formerly of Temple Terrace, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at AdventHealth South in Zephyrhills. He was born in Trinidad, Colorado; he lived in LaJunta, Colorado most of his life and retired as the Director of Special Education of East Otero R1 Schools. He played Santa Claus for many years for the children in the entire school district; he was very involved with the education community where he was instrumental in developing a Special Education Program. Don was an honorably discharged US Navy veteran and a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Temple Terrace. He moved to Florida in 2008 from LaJunta, Colorado and was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, both 3rd and 4th Degree and was also a photographer.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 54 years, Marie; 1 son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Alexis LaCrue; his daughter, Adina La Crue; brother and sister-in-law, Michael J. and Avis LaCrue and his sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Emilio Mattorano. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren whom he adored, Tynan, Alanna, Loghan and Ona.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Edith LaCrue as well as his sister and brother-in-law,Barbara Louise and Howard Buckle.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Inspiration Field 612 Adams Ave. LaJunta, Colorado 81050 (phone)-719-384-8741
A Rosary service will be held on Wedensday, June 8, 2022 with a Funeral Mass to be offered at 10 o’clock am at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Aguilar, Colorado for both Don and Rose Marie.