Junction man dies in North Dakota wreck

A Grand Junction man who was a Palisade High School assistant coach died early Sunday in a head-on collision with a semitrailer in North Dakota.

The accident occurred at 6:20 a.m. Sunday when Deke DeCrow was driving south on U.S. Highway 85 south of Williston, which is in the northwest corner of the state, according to the Williston Herald, which had cited sources with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

DeCrow, 31, died after his 2004 Chevrolet pickup crossed the center line and struck a 2008 Kenworth semitrailer driven by a North Dakota man, who was not injured, the paper said.

DeCrow was a graduate of Grand Junction High School and Mesa State College, said Mike Krueger, athletic director at Palisade High School.

He had been an assistant coach for the girls softball team for the past two years, Krueger said.

“An amazing individual,” Krueger said. “He had a heart that just was unending. He had a charisma and a personality that was magnetic. Our hearts are breaking, for him and for his family.”

DeCrow was married to Autumn B. DeCrow. The couple have two young children. His parents, Tim and Susi, and three brothers also live in town.

Though DeCrow was a truck driver, he had just started a new business, Simply Recruited, about a month ago, Krueger said. The business was designed to help high school students find the right college and get the grants and scholarships they need to pay for it.

“That was his new thing,” Krueger said. “He was just starting out with a new plan, and now he can’t follow through on it. That’s probably the biggest thing. In this profession, you impact the lives of kids in a positive way. He leaves a very strong, positive legacy and has had a significant impact on a lot of kids.”

The family is asking for memorial contributions to be sent to the DeCrow Children Education Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.

Memorial services for DeCrow are pending.


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