OBITUARY: Edward Ernest Crozier


Edward Crozier of Cedar Park, Texas, passed away after a long life and short illness on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the age of 89, with family by his side. He was born August 17, 1929, in Des Moines, Iowa to the late Victor and Martha (Burke) Crozier and was the last of the seven Crozier siblings.

Edward is survived by his wife of 68 years, Norma, son Edward of Cedar Park, Texas, daughter Nancy Lair, granddaughters Sanaan (Carlos) Villalobos and Shalayna (Marcos) Smith, and 3 great grandchildren, Landric and Lail Villalobos and Exton Smith, all of El Paso.  Two sons, Scott Edward and Jon David, predeceased Edward.

A combat veteran, Edward served our county as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War.  He took part in the Berlin Blockade and received several commendations including two bronze stars. Ed began his service with the Army at the age of 16, when he ran away from home. He completed basic training but eventually his Mother caught up to him and he returned home to Iowa until he was able to rejoin at the age of 18. Mr. Crozier retired from active duty as a Colonel, but continued his military career with the Iowa National Guard where he retired as a Brigadier General.  

Edward dedicated his life to law enforcement. He began his career as a Police Officer with the Des Moines Police Department, eventually becoming a Detective. In 1964, he joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms as a Special Agent, working to rid the streets of illegal firearms. He worked numerous undercover operations as well as Secret Service details guarding several visiting presidents. Mr. Crozier served in the Kansas City Field Division as a Senior Special Agent in the Des Moines Field Office and later as Resident Agent in Charge of the St Louis Field Office. He retired in 1988, after 24 years with the Bureau.

After retirement, his family moved to Cedar Park, TX where he continued his interest in law enforcement by conducting background investigations for the CIA, FBI and the U.S. Army. Ed also became active on the Municipal Utility District Board as their Treasurer, was active in the Treasure of the Hills Senior Center and was a lifelong member of the East Gate Masonic Lodge in Des Moines, Iowa.

A service to celebrate Edward's life will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 10:00 am at Martin Funeral Home, 128 N. Resler, El Paso, TX.