The Obit For Ken McCreight

James Kenneth McCreight

Published in the Los Angeles Times on February 20, 2012

McCREIGHT, James Kenneth Husband, Father, Loyal Friend, Professional Baseball Player, Marine Corps Officer, Furniture Maker, and man of the highest Honor and Integrity,

"Ken" McCreight, died on January 19, 2012 from cancer. Born on July 7, 1922 in Marissa, Illinois, Baseball, and all sports, were Ken's passions and remained so all of his life. He was recruited to play baseball for USC, and fell in love with Southern California. World War II intervened in his college career, and he returned to USC after the war ended, though staying in the Marine Corps Reserves.

In 1947 he signed with the Washington Senators and met the love of his life, Norma. He continued to play professional baseball until he was called back into the Marine Corps for the Korean War, when he was awarded the Bronze Star for his keen sense of "responsibility, knowledge, aggressiveness and steadfast courage under intense enemy assault".

After this war he decided to make the Marine Corps his career. His favorite position was running the "All Marine Corps Athletic Program" where he formulated a championship athletic program in which every Marine around the world could participate, and was responsible for arranging training and competition for the many Olympic class athletes in the Marine Corps. He represented the Corps on numerous AAU and Olympic Games Committees.

After service in the G-2 Intelligence section in Honolulu during the Viet Nam war effort, he retired from the Corps in 1968. He was the Western States representative for The Athletic Institute for a number of years, and then became a skilled wood turner and bench-made furniture maker.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Norma McCreight, his devoted daughter, Connie McCreight, of Los Angeles, and his sister, Frances Atwood of Moscow, Idaho.

He was predeceased by four of his five siblings, and recently, his closest friend and son-in-law, Dennis Kinnaird.