Donald E. LaCrue
October 15, 1938 - May 1, 2022

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.


  • Christine Coffield Posted June 1, 2022 2:16 pm

    To the Family of Don and Marie La Crue,
    Sending you my condolences during this sorrowful time. We am sorry for the loss of your parents You all are in my thoughts and prayers. My parents knew Din and Marie through the Knights of Columbus. Due to my late husband Jon meeting Don at Knights of Columbus function in Lamar, Co many years ago, Jon gained employment at the Colorado Boys Ranch as the Building Trades teacher. Don was a wonderful person to all!

  • Beth Klob Posted June 6, 2022 2:38 pm

    I have so many memories of Don when he worked in La Junta! I’m smiling just thinking of them!
    Don was a wonderful director, teacher, leader and friend. His heart was always with a child and he fought for their needs!
    I’m sorry for your loss. I feel a piece of my story is gone now too.

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