Memorial Services for Jack Wallace Crum, Jr. 76, of the Cumberland Cove community near Monterey, were held Thursday, May 28th, 2015 in Cookeville, Tennessee.
Jack passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jack was born March 16, 1939 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania to the late Jack Wallace Crum, Sr. and Dorothea Maxwell Newcomer Crum. Jack was raised in Kissimmee, Florida and was a 1957 graduate of Osceola High School. After attending Butler University in Indianapolis and Eastern Kentucky State College, Jack began a career as a baton twirling instructor. His warm, funny and generous nature influenced hundreds of his students of all ages. Jack served as President then Executive Director of the U.S. Twirling Association and was a co-founder of the World Baton Twirling Federation. His support for the sport of baton twirling and its athletes will be forever remembered.
He joined Star Line Baton Company in 1983 and became Owner and President in 2001. Jack and his beloved wife Marge moved to Tennessee in 1999. At age 72, Jack completed his college studies and was a December 2011 graduate of Tennessee Tech University.
Jack is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marjorie Louise Crum; three sons and their families, Mark and Dee Crum of Boca Raton, FL, and their three daughters, Jennica, Aubrey and Madison. Timothy and Shelby Crum, of Cookeville TN, and their four sons, Ethan, Noah, Seth & Zackery and Tyler and Lynn Crum, of Cookeville, TN and their two children, Jacob and Amanda. And one great grandchild, Cameron.
His lifetime work and his lifetime passion was all about this sport in every way: as an athlete, as a coach of hundreds of kids including many top athletes, as an administrator for the United States Twirling Association and as a board member. He was an innovator in designing and crafting of the very best tools for baton twirling by leading the Star Line Baton Company.
He was a true advocate for the athletes and his generosity has been un-paralleled.