The Life of John Crone

Honoring the Life and
Ministry of John Crone

1937 - 2020

In Memory of John Crone (1937-2020)

September 25, 2020. Plano, Texas.

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our dear friend John Crone, Vice President at Large. John celebrated 50 years of ministry with Cru and 60 years of faithful marriage with his wife Linda. God blessed John with 83 years of life on earth, and now an eternity of life in Heaven.

Having dedicated their lives to sharing the gospel, John and Linda coordinated the translation, printing, and distribution of over 40 million Christian books in over 100 countries around the world, including many hard-to-reach areas throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Josh shared, “One can say that the world is a better place and the great commission is more fulfilled because John & Linda Crone were faithful in the harvest.”

Although we are saddened by the loss of such an extraordinary life, we can only imagine the rejoicing as Heaven welcomes John home with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Share How God Has Used John Crone in Your Life


Share Your Story

Share with us how God has used John and Linda Crone in your life.

John’s Story

How a pilot, artist, publisher, and missionary changed the lives of millions around the world. Read John’s story.

Play Video
“Working with Our Stupid”

Sometimes we make mistakes, but remember, God can make good out of the imperfect. He does it all the time. Watch John’s Cru Legacy video now.

Play Video
“Paper Missionaries”

Hear John’s testimony to the power of the written word, where books and media can often go where physical missionaries simply cannot.

Know God

God wants to have a relationship with you. The following principles will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now, through Jesus Christ…

In Lieu of Flowers, Please Consider a Memorial Gift to Josh McDowell Ministry

Give to the Ministry Memorial Fund – You may wish to make a gift to the ministry in memory of John — furthering projects around the world that are closest to John’s heart.

Contribute to the Crone’s Staff Account – Gifts may be made directly to the Crone’s staff account to help support Linda and her ongoing work with the Ministry.

Mail a Check to Support the Memorial Fund – If you prefer, you can send your contribution to the Memorial Fund by mail to our office in the form of a check.


Contribute by Mail

Please send your donation to the Memorial Fund to:

John Crone Memorial Fund
2001 West Plano Parkway, Ste. 2400
Plano, TX 75075

Remembering John Crone

Memorial Service

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Friday, May 29, 11:00am

(Following the live stream, the video will be available for replay in perpetuity)