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Terrill Lee (Terry) Croghan

Born: Thu., Jun. 19, 1947
Died: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020


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Corvallis - Terrill Lee (Terry) Croghan, 73, left this physical world on Thursday, Oct 22. He was born on June 19, 1947 in Shelton, WA to Merritt and Lottie Croghan. He was raised in Tacoma, WA and entered college at Washington State University, where he became one of the youngest presidents of the Phi Delta Theta house. His degree was in Mechanical Engineering but he was inspired to study the Law and left with his new bride, Teddi (Travis) for Arizona State University. Terry was a seeker. He wanted to understand everything. He combined law school studies with reading the Autobiography of a Yogi. He studied for the bar exam sitting under a pyramid. He learned Actualism and took the EST training. He questioned the mainstream view while meditating on Mount Shasta. He believed we are non-physical beings living a human experience. During his early career as a lawyer he worked for the US Attorney’s Office in LA as a Federal prosecutor and then moved to San Francisco to continue practicing law. His son Sean was born in 1975 and it was a tidal wave of a life changer. He was able to take his love of baseball and channel it into throwing balls and coaching little league. He loved being Sean’s dad. His second wife Caren Armstrong was a singer song writer and Terry enjoyed being her unofficial sound tech for many years of performing in the Bay Area. Having become weary of the law he came to Montana, first to visit life-long friends, but fell in love with the Bitterroot and moved permanently in 1998. He was in heaven sitting outside by a bonfire in the pines working on legal briefs with his dog Frodo by his side. After seeing a one man show at the Hamilton Playhouse he was interested in volunteering backstage. After a nudge from Russ Lawrence at the book store he auditioned for Brigadoon and ended up with a part that was all singing and dancing and in a skirt! But he discovered a passion for performing on stage and went on to appear in over 25 Hamilton Players and MCT productions playing such memorable parts as King Arthur, Tevye, Henry Higgins, Max Bialystock to name a few. His desire to express was realized in performing and he connected with the audiences in a deep and lasting way. It was at the theater that he met his love Suzanne, who was the choreographer for his first show. They became a couple a few years later during Sweet Charity and became inseparable for the next 16 years. Terry was drawn to the ocean and loved a walk on the beach with a margarita afterwards sitting by a fire. He was a writer and filled notebooks of poetry with musings on his search and experience of life. That experience was mainly about love and loyalty and his many old and new friends are evidence that he lived that philosophy fully. His hearty laugh and resonant voice will be missed by an entire community. He is survived by Suzanne, his son Sean (Liz), sister Corene Dumas, grandkids Phoebe and Joseph Lee, several cousins, his furry friends, Pippin and Gimli and so many beloved friends. A celebration of his amazing life will be held at a later date.

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Merry Lou Casteel
   Posted Wed October 28, 2020
Terry was truly a man of so much genuine love and kindness. Suzanne's father and I thought the world of him. Love and prayers to all his family and friends.

Dave McCormack
   Posted Wed October 28, 2020
Suzanne and Sean... I am devastated by Terry's early passing. He was an idol and then later a friend, one who shared himself with me, particularly when we shared the stage in 12 Angry Me...and later as a developing friend. I have a bottle of his favorite scotch, Oban, and will keep it for only those times when his spirit hovers close by.
He was one of the most private and humble people I've been privileged to know but also the most generous and empathetic. I will miss him greatly.

Edie Dagley
   Posted Wed October 28, 2020
Bill and I are very sad at the news of Terry’s passing . We have enjoyed years of co- habitating , sharing a beautiful Montana property , and he was an authentic , generous , spiritual, loyal thinker - we will miss him greatly. He was an original! I will replay his laugh in my head far into the future . RIP Terry.

Tricia Adam
   Posted Thu October 29, 2020
Even though we weren't very closed, I worked at the Bank that Terry came to do all his transactions. He would come in the Drive Thru with his adorable dog. The man was just a sweetheart. Always had a smile on his face, always cheerful always wonderful. I wont forget Terry, and I am saddened to read this news that he is gone. Sending thoughts and prayers to his Family and know that he was a respected and kind man. We will miss him

Melissa Beck
   Posted Thu October 29, 2020
Words fail to serve the tremendous impact Terry has had on the Hamilton community and in my life. If he hadn’t been the stone of support after an especially emotional scene night after show night in my first experience at the Hamilton Players I would have surely moved on from theatre. He soft voice and kind eyes were the epitome of warmth and welcoming whenever greetings were had. Standing alongside him on the stage, sharing quiet laughter backstage, or reaching for his approving embrace after a production were moments I will treasure for eternity. I send all of my love and hopes of reprieve from grief to his Love Suzanne, his son Sean and his family, his furrbabies, and to all of those who were touched by Terry’s tremendous affection. Blessed be those who will hold and remember his laughter and his heart.

Heather Hammer
   Posted Fri October 30, 2020
Suzanne, my sincere condolences to you and your family. What an inspiration Terry was and will always be, as a genuine, kind, thoughtful human being. I so enjoyed working with you both. You are so very lucky to have had the years you had with him. You were a great pair and complimented each other admirably. Sending you hugs and much love.

Nevin Graves
   Posted Mon November 02, 2020
One can but weep at the end of this life. Terry was among the kindest of all beings I had ever been graced to meet; sharp of wit, strong of character, and unfailingly compassionate. Whatever good I do in this life, he had a hand in it. Terry was an exemplar of all good things we should strive to be. May more like him come upon us and live among us.

David Schlechten
   Posted Mon November 09, 2020
Dear Suzanne and the family of Terry Croghan. I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Terry. He was a great gut and one of a kind. We were in several performances together and I always admired his amazing talent. He will be missed.

Leslie Robinson
   Posted Tue November 10, 2020
Dear Suzanne, I’m so sorry to hear of your great loss. My love and prayers are with you.

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