Former Alachua County Sheriff Joe Crevasse dies

Former Alachua County Sheriff Joe Crevasse (photo courtesy Alachua County Sheriff’s Office)” credit=”

Former Alachua County Sheriff Joe Crevasse has died.  Crevasse died yesterday evening at the age of 96.  Crevasse served as sheriff for 21 years, from 1955 to 1976.  Prior to that position he was the University of Florida’s first police chief from 1947 to 1955.  The current Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Administation building bears his name.  Many who worked with Crevasse referred to him as Sheriff “Joe.”

Memorial services are:  Visitation on Wednesday, February 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Williams Thomas West, CR 241 North, 823 NW 143rd St.

Funeral Services will be on Thursday, February 2nd at 2:30 p.m. at the 1st United Methodist Church in Downtown Gainesville, 419 NE 1st Street in Gainesville.  Interment will immediately follow church services at Forest Meadows East Cemetery, 3700 SE Hawthorne Road, Gainesville, FL 32641

There will be a reception at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 2621 SE Hawthorne Road in Gainesville.

Sheriff Crevasse was a lifetime member of the Florida Sheriffs’ Association and a supporter of the Florida Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch. Those wishing to make a contribution to the Youth Ranch in his name can do so by sending to:

Florida Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, Inc., P.O. Box 2000, Boys Ranch, Florida 32064

People can also donate online by going to

About Donna Green-Townsend

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