Hello, Atascosa County! Last week I left you with part 1 of a brief narrative of two important local citizens. This will be the finale because if I went into detail, we would be going for a very long time. The story of Bryan and Jean Crouch can be lengthy if we describe all of the accolades and involvements between them. So I’ll pick up where I left off last week.
Mr. Bryan Crouch graduated from Poteet High School in 1946 and reported to Texas A&M for college as a member of the Corps. Once his education at Texas A&M was complete, he joined the United States Air Force in December of 1950. In 1952 he completed flight school and became a pilot for the United States Air Force. Upon his retirement from the USAF in 1962, he returned to the Crouch Store to begin helping his Father Otis with management of the family-owned store.
In 1989, Bryan Crouch accepted a position as the Atascosa County Jail Administrator for Sheriff Tommy Williams. Mr. Crouch developed the jail as an organized unit and soon after, he became an example for all other jails around the state. In 2001, Mr. Crouch was inducted into the Texas Jail Association’s Hall of Fame for his contributions to Texas Jails. Mr. Crouch continued to strive for excellence until his retirement in 2009.
A little about Mrs. Crouch now. She was born to John & Annie Laurie Lott at the Poteet Shott’s Memorial Hospital. Like I said last week, Mrs. Crouch has known me almost all of my life so I will not divulge the year she was born. Mrs. Crouch also attended Poteet schools and she continued her education at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Mrs. Crouch ran EMS services with Mr. Crouch, possessed a jailer’s license as well as carried a commission as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff.
Bryan and Jean Crouch were married in 1950 and this year, they celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary. These two served on countless committees including the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Association, the Poteet First Baptist Church and the Poteet School Board of Trustees.
Thank you for reading our two-part story to recognize a great couple and a great example of a lifetime public service.
Y’all be safe and healthy, and keep our history alive!
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MARTIN GONZALES is the Atascosa County Historical Commission Chairman. If you have history to share, you may contact him at 830-480-2741.