A member of the famed University of Kentucky 1958 basketball team known as the "Fiddlin' Five" passed away Saturday in Georgetown.
John Lloyd Crigler, 76, had been a teacher, coach and athletic director at Scott County High School for more than 40 years.
Visitation will be held Monday from 3pm to 8pm at Harmony Christian Church in Georgetown with funeral services at 11:00am Tuesday. Burial will be private in the Georgetown Cemetery. Johnson's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Crigler played under coach Adolph Rupp in the 1950s, winning a national championship in 1958 with teammates Johnny Cox, Ed Beck, Vernon Hatton and Adrian Smith. Crigler started at forward for the "Fiddlin' Five" and scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Wildcats' national championship win over Elgin Baylor's Seattle team.
Crigler was born in Hebron in Boone County, but spent much of his life in Scott County. In recent months he would be joined often by other UK players from the 1950s over lunch in Georgetown.
Crigler is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cecelia Gaines Crigler, four children, Karyn Crigler Bryant (John), Matt Crigler, Ashley Smith (Larry), Whitney Bowers Christopher, and a caregiver who was like a son to him, William Mason.
He also leaves grandchildren, Katie and Jackson Bryant, Jordan, Chance, and Rachel Smith, Jason McClain and Amelia Grace Christopher; two brothers Louis A. Crigler (Linda), and Larry Jo Crigler and several nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by very special and dear friends including, Charles "Hoot" and Kathy Gibson, Johnnie Hymer, Johnny Cannon, Bobby Green, Billy Hicks, Earl "Brother" Adkins, Gerry Calvert, Marie Jones, Janet Johnson, Patty Cornett, Bev Carroll, and Sonny Denniston. John was preceded in death by two very close friends, Bob Halasek and Kenneth Perry.
He was born in Hebron Kentucky on May 31, 1936 and was the son of the late John E. and Jo E. Crigler.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 1317 Ky Hwy 62 E, Cynthiana 41031.