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Joseph Anthony Crotty

June 24, 1961 ~ November 9, 2017 (age 56)

Joseph Anthony Crotty, age 56, passed away Thursday, November 9th, from complications of stage 4 gastric cancer in his home surrounded by his wife and 4 children.

Joe was born on June 24,1961 in Long Beach, CA to James and Amelia Crotty. Joe was the youngest in a family of ten children, making him a 10/10.  He graduated from St. Anthony’s High School, then moved across the country to Hanover, New Hampshire to attend Dartmouth college where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 1983.

Joe returned to the Los Angeles area to take a job at Rockwell working on the space shuttle. But Joe was a talker and story teller and being a project engineer failed to allow him to engage in what he did best. When the opportunity for a technical sales job with Hewlett Packard arose, Joe went for it.  He worked successfully as an HP sales engineer for 15 years.

In April of 1986, Joe married Kathy McMaster. They were married for 31 years at the time of his death. Shortly after their marriage, Joe and his new wife moved to Pensacola, Florida where he entered and graduated from Officer Candidate School for the Navy. Unfortunately his dream to be a Navy fighter pilot was cut short while attending flight school in Corpus Christi, Texas. A failed eye test disqualified him from completing the program. The Navy honorably discharged him. Joe returned to Hewlett Packard in So. California with his wife and their oldest child, Tom. In the next six years, Maggi, Kelly, and Mark were also born. Raising his four beautiful children with wife Kathy became his most important mission.

Joe and his family moved to Texas in 1993, where he continued his job at HP while they explored the Texan way of life, living on acreage, eating Texas BBQ, and raising large farm animals, somewhat unsuccessfully. Joe enjoyed the Texas lifestyle. Of course, it was buffered for him by frequent out of town trips courtesy of HP. After close to 7 years of the Texas Experiment, Kathy was ready to get out of Dodge.  In 2000, the family gave up their dreams of being ranchers and moved to Boise, Idaho. Joe was hired as a financial analyst for Daine Rauscher, and then dabbled in several other profitable ventures while also being semi-retired.  In 2011, Joe got tired of waiting for Kathy to retire from the Boise School District. If she was tied to the school calendar, he might as well be too. He got his secondary teacher’s credential and was hired by Borah High School in the math department.  In short order, Joe was asked to teach physics.  He had found his calling.  His time at Borah, the staff, and the students were dear to him.

Unfortunately, that time was cut short.  In April of 2016, Joe was diagnosed with stage 4 gastric cancer. By the time it was found, the cancer had already metastasized to his lymph nodes and he was given 9 months to live. Despite the bleak prognosis, Joe maintained a positive attitude and only thought about how to make it easier on everyone else. After a roller coaster battle, he passed away on November 9th, 2017.

Joe had an incredible mind and the ability to talk to anyone about anything. His career path took him in many different directions and he was always excited about the possibilities awaiting him.  He will also be remembered for his great sense of humor.

Even towards the end when communicating became exhausting for him, Joe would come up with some hilarious comment that made everyone laugh. He lived by the philosophy, “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”

Joe is survived by his wife Kathy and their four children, Tom, Maggi, Kelly, and Mark.

If you would like to share your favorite memory of Joe, please send it to We would like to share everyone’s stories at the memorial.

Join us in celebrating Joe’s life at an open house memorial:

Oxford Suites, Boise 1426 S. Entertainment Ave.

Sunday, December 10 1:00-4:00pm

 Service Information

Memorial Service
December 10, 2017

1:00 PM
Oxford Suite
1426 S. Entertainment Ave
Boise, ID 83709

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