Sheriff Herman Delbert Crockett


Entered office: January 01, 1949 | Left office: December 31, 1950
Date of birth: March 23, 1916 in Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas
Date of death: May 15, 1966 in Ellinwood, Barton County, Kansas
Place of burial: Lakin Comanche Cemetery, Ellinwood, Barton County, Kansas


Herman Delbert Crockett was born March 23, 1916 in Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas. The family moved to Morton while Crockett was still quite young. In 1938 he married Lois Maurice King. Crockett worked at Reynolds Service Station for $20 a month and later for Phillips 66 driving a transport truck for $90 a month. In 1941 Crockett and his family moved to Borger, Texas and in 1942 the family moved to Stinnett, Texas where he became jailer at the Stinnett courthouse. When WWII broke out the family moved back to Morton and Crockett was drafted and joined the U. S. Navy. After the completion of boot camp he was given a medical discharge because he was flat footed. Crockett came back to Morton and went to work as deputy. In 1948 he was elected Cochran County Sheriff, taking office January 1, 1949. When his term in office was up, he managed a service station in Morton until 1954 when the family moved to Ellinwood, Kansas where he went to work for the Morgenstern Oil Company.
Sheriff Herman Delbert Crockett died on May 15, 1966 at the age of 50 of a heart attack in downtown Ellinwood while coming home from pulling a well that was down

Source: Texas Sesquicentennial Texas' Last Frontier Cochran County 1836-1986 Volume 1. Copyright Cochran County Historical Commission; written by Lois Crockett Krueger circa 1985. Adapted by Mary Helen McKnight 2016
Images courtesy Texas' Last Frontier Historical Museum



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