Passages: Kerry Croswhite, Chandler High School Swim Coach, Dies After COVID-19 Complications


Kerry Croswhite, Chandler High School swim coach in Arizona, died on Tuesday after complications from COVID-19 at age 61, reported.

His wife, Laurie Croswhite, confirmed it in an online journal post, which she has been updating since Kerry Croswhite was admitted to the hospital earlier in July.

“This is a hard one,” Laurie wrote in the journal. “Kerry lost his battle at 6:01 pm this evening. He fought so hard. The song ‘These Are the Days’ by Van Morrison was playing on his Pandora when he passed. Think of him whenever you hear it. He now can see all of your love and tributes and support. We could not have made it this far without all of you and your prayers.  We are so broken, but we will be okay. Toast a scotch to Kerry.”

Kerry Croswhite has been at Chandler for the past 15 years.

According to, began feeling ill the day after Father’s Day. The first test for COVID-19 came back negative. On June 30, his breathing became difficult and he was tested again, this time it was positive. He was put on a ventilator July 8 after his oxygen was dropping with double pneumonia.

“Kerry was a great man who meant so much to so many people,” Chandler Athletic Director Jim Culver told “He was an inspirational coach and teacher and he had a huge impact on so many CHS students and athletes throughout the years. The Chandler High community will greatly miss his presence.”


  1. avatar
    Kathy Black Schupsky

    Good-bye friend. Will love and remember you forever.

  2. Annmarie Hughes

    May Kerry’s memory forever be for blessing.

  3. avatar
    Judith Lorenz

    Kerry taught my children to swim in Newcastle, Wyoming. He then coached two of my children in US Swimming, I will always be grateful! May
    God Bless and Keep His Family.

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    Shari Stewart

    Kerry was a bright light to everyone! His love and dedication to Chandler High school and the swim community will never fade ❤️??! We will miss him deeply.