Columbus, OH — John (Jack) DeCrosta, 70, died Oct. 19, 2020.
He was born in Schenectady, N.Y., July 15, 1950, the son of the late Earl and Anne (Morzillo) DeCrosta.
He is survived by his son, Sonny; brothers, Tom and Joe; nephews, Craig and Eric; sister-in-law, Ellen; many cousins; and his very close friend and confidant, Davia Batista.
Mr. DeCrosta deeply loved his family and would do anything for them.
He graduated from Bishop Gibbons High School in 1968. He was an honor student, a three-year varsity starter in football and the star in several school plays. He loved to reminisce about his role as JJ Sefton in Stalag 17. He moved on to the University of Bridgeport where he played football and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.
Mr. DeCrosta worked as an accountant for several years and decided it wasn’t for him. His passions included horses, hunting and fishing. When he “retired” from accounting he began a career as a Standardbred trainer. His training career included successful stints at Saratoga Harness, The Meadowlands and Maywood Park in Chicago.
He spent most of his adult life living in Las Vegas and continued to make his living in the horse racing industry. While living in Las Vegas he met, rescued and adopted Sonny Perez-DeCrosta. He was very proud of raising Sonny as a single father and always viewed this as his most important accomplishment.
He was enrolled in the Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program.
There will be no services but he will be interred during the Albany Med annual ceremony at St. Agnes Cemetery.