William Van Croft's efforts helped the
poor and the homeless. (Family Photo)
Sunday, February 17, 2008
William Arthur Van Croft III, 43, a former business owner and a longtime leader at St. Luke's
Episcopal Church in Washington, died Jan. 31 in Upper Marlboro. Maryland State Police said he
was walking on a grassy median of Route 301 toward a bus stop about 8:30 a.m. and was hit
by an automobile that left the road. He lived in Washington. Mr. Van Croft was a Washington
native and from childhood was associated with St. Luke's, where his father, William A. Van Croft
Jr., was rector. He accompanied his father on overseas trips and served as a summer camp
counselor and lifeguard in his teens.
Mr. Van Croft was a graduate of St. John's College High School and attended St. Augustine's
College in Raleigh, N.C. After returning to Washington, he held a variety of jobs before founding
Jett Courier Inc. in the late 1990s. He operated the business for about seven years.
An elected vestryman at St. Luke's, Mr. Van Croft also held many other leadership positions at
his church. As co-chairman of the church's outreach committee, he coordinated volunteer
programs for the poor and often helped prepare and serve meals to the homeless in
McPherson Square on the third Saturday of each month.
He was chairman of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, a men's service group within his church, and coordinated retreats for the group at his
family's vacation home in New Jersey. He served as his church's acolyte master and was co-chairman of its young-adult program.
In 2006, Mr. Van Croft served on a host committee for the National Symphony Orchestra's "Quartet Under the Stars" event. In October
2006, he coordinated a tour of the University of Virginia for local high school students, primarily from the District's Bell Multicultural High
He also served on the logistics committee of the D.C. chapter of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and was a member of the
American Psychological Association.
In the past year, Mr. Van Croft had made many life changes. He had recently lost 100 pounds and was about to complete his bachelor's
degree in psychology at the University of Maryland. At the time of his death, he was on his way to accept a job offer. He had also begun to
study the piano and was engaged to be married in May.
His marriage to Jackie Singleton ended in divorce.
Survivors include two children, William A. Van Croft IV of Washington and Reve Van Croft of Adelphi; his mother, Ruby Van Croft
of Washington; and his fiancee, Erika Laws of Washington.
-- Matt Schudel