Production designer Woody Crocker dies

Worked on 'Northern Exposure,' 'Sasquatch'

Woody Crocker, an Emmy winner best remembered for his eclectic production design on "Northern Exposure," died Oct. 19 of Lou Gehrig's disease in Salem, Ore. He was 68.

Crocker provided art direction and production design for films and television series ranging from his first art directorial outing on "Sasquatch -- The Legend of Big Foot" (1974) to numerous telefilms and TV series including "Felicity," "Providence" and "Scrubs." He served as production designer on the 1990 feature "Why Me?"

Crocker designed 103 episodes of the Alaska-set "Northern Exposure," winning an Emmy for art direction in 1992 and earning a nomination the following year. The series ran 1990-95 on CBS.

A native of Corvallis, Ore., Crocker studied theater at the University of Oregon. In the 1960s, he toured Europe and Asia, building sets and designing costumes for two USO tours.

Crocker stayed involved in theater throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. After a tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he switched his focus to film production.

Crocker is survived by his two sons, Tyke and James Crocker, and two grandchildren; Marian Brown Crocker, his former wife of 11 years; and his longtime partner, Albert Cummings.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem. Contributions in his memory may be made to OHSU Foundation in Portland, Ore.