Albert J. Crosson

Albert J. Crosson

September 14, 1930 - September 26, 2013

Albert J. Crosson

September 14, 1930 - September 26, 2013


Albert J. Crosson,
Long-Time Orange County Grocery Products Executive and Community Supporter

Albert J. Crosson died in his home in Newport Beach September 26th from complications related to cancer; he was age 83. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Al made his home in Fullerton for over 36 years before moving to Newport Beach in 1996.

Al came to Fullerton in the late 1950’s when he joined the Hunt Foods Company. He would ultimately spend over 30 years spread across two tours of duty with the company, which evolved into Hunt-Wesson Foods and then ultimately the ConAgra Grocery Products Company. Over the years Al grew within the organization to become its President for over ten years. After his retirement, for the next five years, Al served as Vice Chairman of the Board for International Game Technology.

For over 48 years Al was very active in charitable causes throughout Orange County including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. At St. Jude his financial support led to the establishment of the Virginia K. Crosson Cancer Center, which was named in honor of his late wife who pre-deceased him in 1991 after her own bout with cancer.

Al is survived by his wife, Mary (Massie) Crosson of Newport Beach; his four children Bill (Liz), Karen Lutz (Jim), Tim (Marie) and John (Carolyn); as well as his nine grandchildren: Jeff, David, Joe, Andrew, Kelly, Jack, Nick, Casey and Kevin and his step granddaughter, Nicole.

A Memorial Mass for Al will be held at Our Lady Queen of Angeles Church in Newport Beach on Monday, September 30th at 3:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations be directed to the Albert J. Crosson Memorial Fund at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County ( or 714-619-7048). Additional funeral information can be found by contacting O’Connor Mortuary at (877) 872-2736.

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7 responses to Albert J. Crosson

  1. I remember the first day I met Mr. Crosson, I worked in accounting and he came in the dept. smoking one of his long cigars. He looked at me and spoke, I asked his name and he told me he was the new President of Frozen Foods. I asked him if he would put his cigar out because it smelled so bad. He proceeded to put it out and smiled at me asking my name. After that day it seemed as though I had forged a special bond with him, as the years passed I began to realize what a wonderful man he truly was.There were many times I would go to his office just to talk and he always had time for me no matter how busy his day was and that meant so much to me. Al you will be missed but never forgotten. Love you always. My deepest sympathy to the family at this time of loss.

    F. Caruthers
    Las Vegas, Nv

  2. Debbie Drake says:

    In my 20’s, I worked at Hunt Wesson in Fullerton from 1981-1987. I remember Mr. Crosson well when I worked in Grocery Sales for the National Sales Manager, Fred Steele, and I sometimes filled in for his Mr. Crosson’s secretary. He was always smiling and had a great voice, like a radio announcer.

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