Thomas Oliver Crown, 96, of Gaithersburg, passed away at his home on August 28, 2021, after a battle with serious medical issues in recent years. Mr. Crown was a life-long resident of Montgomery County, Maryland, having been born in Chevy Chase on November 22, 1924, and was a resident of Gaithersburg until his death.
Upon graduating high school in 1943, Mr. Crown enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, where he earned his wings and served as a bomber pilot until the war’s end. In the decade following World War II, Mr. Crown was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Also, during the decade after World War II, Mr. Crown worked for Montgomery County in the County’s Surveying Department, where he established the County’s tax map system.
Upon leaving his employment with Montgomery County, Mr. Crown began a successful 50+ year construction business, specializing in custom home building. There are many examples of his home building throughout Montgomery County.
He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. He also enjoyed team sports, particularly baseball, and was a member of the Rockville Red Sox in the 1950s.
Since his days in the military, flying provided one of his biggest enjoyments. He owned several general aviation aircraft during his life, which he used for travel and pleasure.
Mr. Crown was devoted to his family and is survived by his wife of 79 years, Mary Louise (“Johnnie”) Crown; his son Kevin M. Crown and daughter-in-law Jamie E. (“Packie”) Crown of Gaithersburg; his grandson T. Marshall Crown and grand-daughter-in-law Sarah D. Crown of Charleston, SC; two great-grandchildren, Turner Wyatt Crown, and Ashby Jane Crown, also of Charleston, SC; sister, Donna L. (“Cookie”) Amoroso of Clarksburg, MD; brother, Gerald D. Crown of Hampstead, NC; sister-in-law Dolores J. Crown of Germantown, MD; and nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and great-grand nieces and great-grand nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Oliver Crown and Helen Virginia Collins Crown; brother David L. (“Dick”) Crown and sister-in law Lois Crown; brother Aubrey E. (“Bunky”) Crown; sister Betty Lou (“Sissy”) Kimball and brother-in-law George Kimball; brother William T. (“Buzzie”) Crown; sister-in-law Bonnie R. Crown; and brother-in law Michael Amoroso.
The family will be receiving friends on September 10th from 10:00-11:00 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD where a funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Darnestown Presbyterian Church in Darnestown, Maryland, the Wounded Warrior Project or Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
LEAVE A CONDOLENCE MESSAGE
From: The Jamison Family
Mr. Crown was a fine man and a great builder. A Crown home is still considered the best built house in Montgomery County. A true gentleman in every respect.
From: William Hilton
Outstanding Gentleman! Knew Tommy for many years and did work for him. Had lots of good times. God Bless Him and his wife.
From: The Hilton Family
We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.