Longtime Georgetowner Don Crockett Dies at 85
By October 2, 2023 0 850•
Don Warren Crockett, 85, a resident of Georgetown for 50 years, passed away peacefully on Sept. 26.
Crockett was born in Logan, Utah, in 1938. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1966. He studied at the Free University of Berlin, West Berlin, West Germany, on a Rotary International Fellowship for International Understanding from 1960-1961.
While in Germany, he was recruited by the CIA to travel into the USSR to take photos of military installations. Although he successfully completed his mission as the Berlin Wall was being constructed, friends on concurrent assignments were caught and sentenced to Russian prisons.
After graduating from Harvard Law School, Crockett became Assistant General Counsel for Litigation at the United States Renegotiation Board, and afterwards served as Director, Judicial Litigation Division, Economic Regulatory Administration, U.S. Department of Energy responsible for litigation under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA).
He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and was awarded Sigma Chi’s Significant Sig Award in 2021.
Crockett loved Georgetown and worked on legal issues affecting the village, including the Hurt Home litigation. He also was a Georgetown Representative on the Coalition to Protect America’s Regional Airports that advocated for the reduction of airplane noise from Reagan National Airport.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Williams Crockett, his daughters, Alyssa M. Crockett and Shelley D. Crockett and three grandchildren, Piper Ringwald, Charles Ringwald, and Samuel Ringwald. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
Information provided by the Crockett family.