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Crolley memorialized by classmates and family
ARLINGTON Josh Crolley was remembered for his love of music and his sense of humor by his family, friends and teachers at Arlington High School last week.
The 16-year-old AHS junior died April 18 when the car he was driving struck a tree. By April 20, his fellow students had already contributed several dozen signatures and stories to a banner and oversized card for his parents. The students made a similar banner and card for fellow AHS student Daniel Trushinsky, Crolleys 16-year-old passenger, who suffered minor injuries and was taken to an Everett hospital.
AHS senior Jessica Johnson and sophomores Stephanie Garcia, James Moffatt and Jessica Reid used their lunch periods to write their recollections of Crolley on the banner and attached card, which theyd also decorated.
I drew a guitar that I called the Josh, Johnson said. We all signed it in different colors. One of the stories was from someone who Josh once gave his lunch money to, even though Josh only had enough money for one lunch.
Johnson agreed with Reid and Garcia, also Crolleys cousin, that he cared about his family, even though he was hesitant to admit it sometimes. All three were quick to point out Crolleys sillier side.
He was really funny, like a comedian, Johnson said. Hed sit in the back of the class and be all quiet, but then hed pipe up with something random.
He always tried to scare us, especially when we were already watching scary movies, Reid said.
He was such a butthead, Garcia laughed, even as she tried not to cry.
Moffatt praised Crolleys guitar playing abilities and commitment, which was echoed by his peers.
He had a nice guitar that his step-dad gave him, Moffatt said. Ill always remember his volume. I wish I had half his skill. He showed the same devotion to everything he did.
He was really talented, Johnson said. I felt bad when I first heard that hed died, because he was my friends cousin, but until I saw his photo it didnt hit me who he was. I feel really confused.
AHS choir director Lyle Forde likewise cited Crolleys passion for music, especially the guitar which Crolley started playing as a freshman.
He was among our most proficient guitar players and a leader in class, Forde said. His favorite music to play on his guitar was by Pantera, Black Label Society, Slayer, Ozzy Osborne and Black Sabbath. If there was one symbol that represented Josh at this school, it was his guitar. He played guitar before showering in the morning and again as the last thing at night.
At the same time, Forde noted that Crolley was reserved, respectful and hardworking.
Grief counselors met with AHS students April 19 after their teachers reported news of Crolleys death to the students that morning.
The memorial service for Crolley took place April 21 at the First Baptist Church in Arlington, and donations can be made in Crolleys name at any Skagit State Bank.