Joe Crona
Joe Crona
Full Name:  Joseph Smith Crona
     Born:  March 26, 1927 in Pensacola, Fl
     Died:  February 23, 2012 in Pensacola, Fl
   School:  Pensacola High School in Pensacola, Florida


FSU Career
Football
Year  No  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
1947  36  C       5-9  160  Fr   *   Pensacola                   
1948  36  C       5-10 175  So       Pensacola                   


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Obituary for Joseph Smith Crona
Published in the Pensacola News Journal from February 25 to February 27, 2012

Joseph Smith Crona, age 84, died peacefully at The Haven of Our Lady of Peace, on Thursday, February 23, 2012. Joe, a native Pensacolian, was born on March 26, 1927 to Oscar Gregory Crona and Ethel Smith Crona, in the old Sacred Heart Hospital, on North 12th Avenue. He attended local schools, graduating from Pensacola High School, where he was an outstanding football player. Being drafted into the Army during World War II, he trained with the 82nd Airborne Division and served in France and Germany until the end of the war. He then attended Florida State University, where he was a member of the first F.S.U. football team in 1947, playing offensive center, defensive linebacker, and kicker, later being dubbed "Joe, the Toe" for several game-scoring field goals. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and modeled for McGregor Sports Line. Being paid in clothes, rather than cash, earned him "Best Dressed on Campus" at graduation. Graduating with a degree in Economics, Joe returned to Pensacola, working at the Citizens and Peoples National Bank in the Trust Department, later being elevated to the Trust Officer. In 1971 he moved to Commercial National Bank as Executive Vice-President, becoming President of Commercial and all its successors - Charter National, Century National, and in 1982, Sun Bank, where he was President/CEO until his retirement on March 31, 1994, having spent 40 years in the banking business. He always laughed and said he was president of four banks and never left his office! Through the years, he was active in The Pensacola Sports Association, serving as president and tournament director of the Pensacola Open during its early years at the Pensacola Country Club. He was a member of the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100, United Way, Navy League, and many Mardi Gras organizations. He was a past president of Pensacola Country Club and Fiesta of Five Flags, having been a knight in the Fiesta Court of 1962, and in 1989, he wore the mask of Don Tristan DeLuna. After his retirement from Sun Bank, he was instrumental in putting together a Board of Directors for Central Bank of the South, based in Birmingham, AL, which later became Compass National Bank, now BBVA Compass, serving as its Chairman of the Board and bank consultant. He was also part of a group of twelve men that secured the financing and oversaw the construction of the Memorial to World War II veterans located in Veterans' Park. He pursued his love of sports and the outdoors, playing golf and tennis, hunting in the northwest and Alabama, and fishing the gulf coast. With his father-in-law, Wally Dashiell, he hunted the Texan Hill Country for 40 years. He followed his beloved Seminoles, attending many of their games from Tallahassee to Michigan, including a special recognition event for the fiftieth anniversary of the first team. Joe was predeceased by his brothers: James Theodore Crona (Tallahassee, FL), Oscar Gregory Crona (Providence, RI), and Earl Crona (Pensacola, FL) , as well as two sisters: Louise Crona Tharp (Atlanta, GA) and Thelma M. Crona (Memphis, TN). He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Diane Dashiell Crona; daughter, Susan Crona Smart, and two grandchildren, Joseph Trenton Smart (29 yr.) and Sydney Dashiell Smart (22 yr.), both of Breckinridge, CO, as well as nieces, nephews and countless friends.



FSU Statistics
Football
Season Statistics
Defense
         |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
Year  GP |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
---------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
1947     |   0   0   0  0.0-    |  0.0-    |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 0   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
1948     |   0   0   0  0.0-    |  0.0-    |  0   -  0- 0 |    -  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   1- 4   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   1
---------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot    0 |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   1- 4   0   0  |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   1
Offense/Kick and Punt Returns
         |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
Year  GP |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
---------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
1947     |        0  0.0        |           0.0        |    -    -                |           0.0         |           0.0         |     
1948     |        0  0.0        |           0.0        |    -    -                |           0.0         |           0.0         |     
---------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot    0 |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    0
Punting and Kicking
         |            Punting             |                       Kicking
Year  GP |  no   yds  avg lg tb fc i20 bk | fgm-fga   pct 01-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 lg   kick
---------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
1948     |            0.0                 |   0- 0  0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0   1- 4
---------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
Tot    0 |   0     0  0.0  0  0  0   0  0 |   0-0   0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0   1-4
Football
Game Participation
                            |      Starts
1948                        | GP  Off  Def
----------------------------|--------------
Oct  9 CUMBERLAND           |  1           
Oct 16 ERSKINE COLLEGE      |  1           
Oct 23 MILLSAPS COLLEGE     |  1           
Oct 30 STETSON              |  1           
----------------------------|--------------
Tot                         |  4   0    0

----------------------------|--------------
Career Tot                  |  4   0    0
Football
Game Statistics
                            |       Tackles        |   Sacks  |    Fumble    |     Pass Defense    | Blkd |   PAT Attempts  |        |         |    |
1948                        |  ua   a Tot  tfl-yds |   no-yds | ff fr-yds-td | int-yds-td qbh brup | kick |   kick  rsh rcv |   fg   | saf dxp | td | pts
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Oct  9 CUMBERLAND           |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 1    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Oct 16 ERSKINE COLLEGE      |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 1    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
Oct 23 MILLSAPS COLLEGE     |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   1- 1    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   1
Oct 30 STETSON              |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   0- 1    0   0 |  0- 0  |   0   0 |  0 |   0
----------------------------|----------------------|----------|--------------|---------------------|------|-----------------|--------|---------|----|----
Tot                         |   0   0   0  0.0-  0 |  0.0-  0 |  0  0-  0- 0 |   0-  0- 0   0   0  |   0  |   1- 4    0   0 |  0- 0  |  0    0 |  0 |   1

                            |       Rushing        |      Receiving       |         Passing          |     Kick Returns      |     Punt Returns      |  all
1948                        |  no  yds  avg td lg  |  no  yds  avg td lg  | cmp- att-int  yds td lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  |  no  yds  avg td  lg  | purp
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Oct  9 CUMBERLAND           |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |    -   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |     
Oct 16 ERSKINE COLLEGE      |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |    -   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |     
Oct 23 MILLSAPS COLLEGE     |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |    -   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |     
Oct 30 STETSON              |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |    -   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |     
----------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----
Tot                         |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0     |   0-   0- 0     0  0     |   0    0  0.0  0      |   0    0  0.0  0      |    0

                            |            Punting             |                       Kicking
1948                        |  no   yds  avg lg tb fc i20 bk | fgm-fga   pct 01-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 lg  kick
----------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
Oct  9 CUMBERLAND           |   0       0.0                  |   0- 0  0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0  0- 1
Oct 16 ERSKINE COLLEGE      |   0       0.0                  |   0- 0  0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0  0- 1
Oct 23 MILLSAPS COLLEGE     |   0       0.0                  |   0- 0  0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0  1- 1
Oct 30 STETSON              |   0       0.0                  |   0- 0  0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0  0- 1
----------------------------|--------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------
Tot                         |   0     0 0.0   0  0  0   0  0 |   0-0   0.000  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0  1- 4