David Glenn (Judd) Crouch

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David Glenn (Judd) Crouch
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April 5, 1933 – July 31, 2017

Beloved husband, father, treasured friend and master illustrator David passed serenely in his sleep at home with family, after a short and aggressive brain cancer.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, son Gordon, daughter Lisa (Lynch); sisters-in-law Leata Judd and Elizabeth French; and his grandchildren Jeremy, Amy, and great-grandchild Ryen; nieces Jodie, Rhonda, Rochelle, and Cecilia; nephews Jerry, Tom, David, Randy, and Jerome; and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

David was an active artist, and member of the Santa Barbara Art Association where he served on the Board. His many exhibits and juried shows from the 1960’s until his passing, explored a vast spectrum of styles. “Form is Emptiness” created during his final days, was featured in the August exhibit of Santa Barbara’s Gallery 113.

His career as an artist and scientific illustrator began at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California in 1962, following his marriage to Margaret. In 1971 he joined the UC Santa Barbara Department of Earth Sciences, retiring in 1991 as Senior Scientific Illustrator. Notable exhibits throughout his career include the traveling exhibit “Art and Science, Perfectly Beautiful” sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Other exhibits include Westmont College, UC Riverside, Concordia University Irvine, Cedar City Utah, Pend Oreille Art Council Art Walk Sand Point, Idaho, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. His paintings and drawings are in private collections in Australia, Germany, Austria, Canada, across the United States and in professional publications including the Yale University Press.

This statement about art was indicative of his philosophy about creativity, ability and expression in his work:
“Whether it combines with color or black ink, there is only the brush stroke.”

David served as a Unit Supply Specialist in the U.S Army during the Korean War, February 1953 to February 1956.

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Donations to cancer research and to hospice will be greatly appreciated.


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commanderjeff Sep 22, 2017 12:58 PM
David Glenn (Judd) Crouch

David Crouch was a wonderful friend whom Hedy and I were blessed to have known for over 35 years. He was the kindest, most non-judgemental, gentle soul I have ever known.

He was a fine artist and it was fun to see his art themes evolve over the years. I’m blessed to have one of his wonderful whimsical paintings in my den. It always brings a smile to my face when I look at it.

I will especially miss David at the Sunday dinners at the Crocodile restaurant which had become a tradition of over 20 years for Margaret and David and Hedy and me. Our many discussions were a delight. David was very intelligent and was an especially respectful, listener to whatever opposing opinion one brought to the discussion. His impish humor was a constant delight, always lightening up the tone of any serious discussion we might be having. After an evening with the Crouches we all left in high spirits.

David, we really miss you…..

Steve Braff Sep 21, 2017 06:30 PM
David Glenn (Judd) Crouch

The photo captures so much— David’s warmth, mirth, intelligence and caring; his loving and creative spirit. David always had a kind word for me. And I watched David extended his trust and faith in all he met, and so brought out the best in all who were so fortunate to know him. David, we miss you.

Macscidor Sep 20, 2017 02:57 PM
David Glenn (Judd) Crouch

It was always fun to run into David (and Margaret): He had such a welcoming manner, with inviting eyes and easy smiles, a soothing voice with humorous additions to conversations on many topics, a springy-walk, and an all-around openness to interactions. => Just a cutie: truly special -- a talented illustrator and artist -- and cool guy. => A perfect combination to take into (many) retirement years (after his Scientific Illustrating years at UCSB) !

taz Sep 20, 2017 12:06 PM
David Glenn (Judd) Crouch

I looked at that last painting on the shortcut link in this article - to think that was done in the last weeks of his life - wow. David was such a delightful man! Quick humor, bright eyes, kind, thoughtful, smart! Wonderful artist. I will miss him!!

John Wiley Sep 20, 2017 11:07 AM
David Glenn (Judd) Crouch

David was a great guy and a remarkable artist. We enjoyed the few examples we've seen in the broad spectrum of art he produced, most recently the fanciful painted guitar and his last painting. With such a broad circle of friends, he leaves a gap in the fabric of our community. RIP

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