Dr. Kenneth Irvin Cronin, 72, was called to his heavenly home on November 24, 2020 after experiencing complications of Covid 19.
An Open Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 10:00 until 12:00 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1301 Pinehaven Drive, Clinton, Mississippi. All friends and family are welcome.
Ken, a native Clintonian, was born on April 19, 1948 and welcomed into this mortal life as the firstborn child of Irvin H. and Dolores Gibson Cronin.
Ken was a 1966 graduate of Clinton High School. He loved sports and was an avid baseball player. His love of baseball carried over into his college and young adult years as he played, competitively, in his church softball league where he forged friendships of a lifetime.
Some of his fondest memories of which he often spoke were of the travels and tournaments of the softball team he so dearly loved. While sports were a huge part of Ken’s life, his dream of following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a physician were his lofty professional goals.
In 1970, upon graduating from Millsaps College, his focus would shift from the playing field to the field of medicine where he and his father would go on to become the first “Father/Son” duo to graduate from The University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. Ken, then, joined his father in private practice in Van Winkle, Mississippi. While Ken loved practicing side by side with his dad, he very quickly recognized his calling in life was to treat, counsel, and guide those suffering with chemical dependencies.
As a pioneer in the field of addictionology, Ken served as the Medical Director of Lifemark Recovery Center, Doctors’ Hospital Chemical Dependency Center from 1985-1992, as well as the Medical Director of St. Dominic Chemical Dependency Center from 1992-2008.
In 2008 Ken became the Medical Director of Chemical Dependency at Three Oaks Behavioral Health where he has treated countless patients. Those who knew him professionally can testify of his loving compassion and dedication to helping his patients lead healthy and productive lifestyles. “Dr. Ken” was completing charts and worrying about his patients, even after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. He, truly, was a care giver to the end.
While Ken was a devoted physician, he never abandoned his love of sports. When he was not serving his patients, he could often be found serving on a tennis court. Ken thoroughly enjoyed the game of tennis and was a fierce competitor. Ken and his precious wife, Sue, shared that love. They found countless hours of joy in playing and watching tennis. Ken was an active member of the USTA for more than thirty years and gave worthy opponents a run for their money in various tournaments.
From local weekends at The Club in Ridgeland to national competitions in surrounding states, as a highly ranked player he was well respected and as a teammate he was ever so loved. About the only thing that rivaled Ken’s passion for sports was his passion for cars. Ken loved fast or foreign, with the exception of his coveted Corvette.
No matter how many baseball, softball, tennis games played or fast cars driven, all paled in Ken’s life compared to the passion and love he held for his family. Ken’s unfaltering faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ was the foundation of his life. He was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He knew his Savior, intimately, and worshipped Him faithfully. Ken’s firm belief that “Families are Forever” served as a tightly woven thread that bound him to those he so, dearly, loved. Ken had an inherit certainty of from where he came, why he was here, and where he would return. He was, truly, a good and faithful servant of the Lord.
Ken, a treasured husband, father of four, loving “Papa” to sixteen grandchildren, and devoted son, brother, and uncle will be sorely missed in his departing this life so suddenly and unexpectedly.
Ken married his high school sweetheart, Sue, on April 03, 1969 in the Los Angeles, California Temple. Ken’s adoration of Sue was seen and known by all, especially his children. Ken and Sue were joined in this life through love and devotion sealed by covenants and commitments as eternal companions.
He was not a passive observer in his children and grandchildren’s lives, nor the lives of others he loved. He was an active participant in their individual and collective journeys of life.
Ken not only was a central part of his family, but he was the very part that kept them centered. One could find Ken tending to his yard, sitting in the stands at a game, or taking a moment to relax in his favorite spot. But, most importantly, his family knew he could be found at a moment’s notice whenever one of them was in need of help. Ken provided so many things, in so many ways, for so many people. However, one thing they all could agree on, was his provision of a “safe place.” He was the retreat for broken hearts, joyous spirits, much needed conversation, meals, support, laughter, an endless list of comfort and strength.
The sky looks different without our “North Star.” But Ken will continue to shine brightly as he left indelible prints in every life and upon every heart of those he loved and those who loved him.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Dolores Gibson Cronin, and his brother, Michael Glenn Cronin.
Ken is survived by his cherished wife of 51 years, Sue Patterson Cronin; his sons, Gregory K. “Greg” Cronin (Kimberly) of Clinton, MS; Kevin H. Cronin (Kaci) of Clinton, MS; Brian P. Cronin (Kristy) of Nashville, TN; and his daughter, Jennifer Cronin Orme (Kirby) of Clinton, MS; sixteen grandchildren, Ashley, Alyssa, Andrew, and Addison Cronin; Eli, Lillian “Lily”, and Grayson Orme; Shea, Mylee, Liam, Tierney, Maelin, and Kennilee Cronin; Cole Clark, Ava Grace, and Camden Cronin.
Ken is also survived by his father, Dr. Irvin H. “Doc” Cronin of Clinton, MS; his siblings, George P. “Pat” Cronin (Teresa) of Clinton, MS; Cathy Cronin Coughlin (John) of Clinton, MS; Carol Cronin Ray (Rob) of North Ogden, UT and Jeffrey H. “Jeff” Cronin (Kristel) of Colorado Springs, CO.
He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.