Daniel “Dan” Crook


Of El Dorado


After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Daniel (Dan) I. Crook passed away at his home on April 16th, 2020 in El Dorado, KS. He was surrounded by his loving and devoted family. He was preceded in death by his parents Howard Irving Crook and Elaine (Dunkelberger) Crook. He is survived by his devoted wife of 27 years, Catherine, his sister Sue (Crook) Ashlock of Topeka, KS, his five children Kirstie (Crook) and Chris Towner of El Dorado, Kevin and Summer (Upton) Crook of Wichita, Lisa (Crook) and Jordan Katon of Brooklyn, NY, David Crook of Kansas City, and Casey Baum of Chicago, IL. Also his grandchildren, who were the love of his life, Breck and Ridge Towner of Wichita, KS, Brittan Towner of El Dorado, Johnny and Jaxon Crook of Wichita, and Colin Katon of Brooklyn, NY.


Dan was an accomplished athlete who excelled in baseball, football, wrestling and running. He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1965 and he attended Butler County Community College for 2 years where he played Grizzly football. Following graduation from BCCC, he studied at the University of Kansas and earned a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy. Dan was then drafted into the army where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served 2 years as an Army pharmacist in Augusta, GA. Following discharge, he made his home in Kansas City, where he was employed at University of Kansas Medical Center, Rexall drug store and Overland Park Medical Center. He also attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he earned a masters degree in public administration.


In October, 2000, Dan joyfully accepted a position as a staff pharmacist at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado, KS. Due to health issues, he retired after working Christmas Day, 2018. He never missed a day of work and he loved his job, the people he worked with and serving the community.


Dan's devotion to family, love of country, strong work ethic, strength, sense of humor, and generosity will always be remembered. He loved the outdoors, gardening, history, physical activity, watching sports, and mostly, family time.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Partners in Education Foundation, Inc., Dan Crook Memorial Scholarship Fund, 124 W. Central Ave, El Dorado, KS, 67042. A private family graveside service is being planned. As restrictions are lifted and we can safely gather, we will invite all to come together and joyously celebrate his life. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all who graced us with their love and prayers. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Dan at www.carlsoncolonial.com