Photo courtesy Walter Portz

Colonel (USAR, Ret.) Patricia S. Crotwell, 75

Patricia Ann Smith Crotwell of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on July 6th, 2020 at the age of 75 from cancer. She spent the final days of her life with family at her side and in contact with well-wishers around the country. While her family and friends mourn the loss of an amazing woman, we take solace in knowing that her passing was peaceful and painless. Patricia was preceded in death by her beloved spouse, Richard Glover Crotwell, her parents, Brig. Gen. Henry Albert Jr. (Ret.) and Patricia Nelson Smith of Onida, SD, and her sister, Pamela Smith of San Jose, CA.

Patricia was born in Pierre, SD in 1944. After graduating from the nursing program at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing (Sioux City, IA) in 1965, she joined the US Army as a 1st Lt. She met and fell in love with Lt. Richard Crotwell while stationed in Munich, Germany. The two were married in October 1967 in Munich, and had their first child, Patricia Lynn (“Tricia”), almost two years later. Patricia Ann went on to earn the rank of Colonel in the US Army Reserves, as well as obtaining her Master of Science, Maternal Infant Nursing, from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and later her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Patricia is survived by her brother, Henry Smith III of Tustin, CA, her sister, Penelope Smith of Onida, SD, her daughter, Patrica Crotwell Leiferman and husband Ron of Atlanta, GA, her son, Lars Peter Crotwell and wife Amanda of Tulsa, OK, her grandchildren, Anna Katherine Crotwell and Andrew Peter Crotwell of Tulsa, OK, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

As a longtime educator of nursing students at Lone Star (formerly North Harris) College in Houston, Texas, Patricia impacted the lives of hundreds of students and, through them, thousands of patients. Patricia and Richard enjoyed travelling and spending time with family and friends near and far.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will plan for a memorial service at a time and place in the future when conditions make travel safer for family, friends, and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, Patricia may be honored with memorials to The Banquet or Feeding South Dakota in Sioux Falls, SD or by donating children’s books to the Sully County Library in Onida, SD.