Kelsey Croft |

Kelsey Croft

Kelsey Lockridge Croft passed away on July 3, 2007, in Santa Monica. He was 50.

Mr. Croft was born on May 27, 1957, to Eugene and Alida Croft in Pasadena.

In 1968 the Croft family moved from Southern California to Nevada County. Mr. Croft graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1976 and left for Montana, where he worked as a guide for a pack- mule station. He then entered the Army, where he spent six years and left with the rank of corporal.

Mr. Croft was trained as a mechanic at the Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. He later began work for the city of Santa Monica in 1989 as a fleet mechanic.

He felt most at home in the outdoors, where the kindness of nature and the beauty of God surrounded him. Fishing, especially fly-fishing, was his passion. One of his favorite hobbies was tying his own flies. Mr. Croft won the East Walker fly-fishing tournament in 2005. He also enjoyed journaling and international traveling.

Mr. Croft was known most for his strong opinions, his quirky sense of humor, his springy amble and his love for the great outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alida Kelsey Grant and his brothers Eugene Lewis Croft Jr. and David Babcock Croft.

He is survived by his father, Eugene L. Croft; brother, Alexander C. Croft; sister, Alida K. Russell; nieces Lindsey A. Croft and Hayley C. Croft; and nephews Benjamin C. Croft and Travis J. Seolas.

Mr. Croft will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Farewell son, brother, uncle and friend.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society.

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