The Philadelphia native was raised in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School in 1983 before moving back to the city to attend the University of Pennsylvania. After earning his bachelor's degree in art history and political science in 1987, he stayed - living in either the city or Delaware County except for brief periods in Boston and Atlanta.
Mr. Crafton married to Elizabeth Morgan in 2001. The couple had two daughters, Lillian and Ella, before divorcing in 2010.
He was a devoted father who shepherded his daughters to dance recitals, violin concerts and other activities, relatives said.
A talented writer, Mr. Crafton inspired Lillian to write a blog on the best playgrounds during weekend outings, relatives said. He also wrote his own blog about his experiences as a single father.
"He was an amazing father," said Arlene Notoro Morgan, his former mother-in-law. "I cannot conceive of any dad doing a better job of loving his girls and bringing out their creative talents."
Mr. Crafton was an elder at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Upper Darby, where he also volunteered in efforts to help the homeless.
At least once a month he would take his daughters with him on missions feed the homeless, said Morgan, a former Inquirer editor. Mr. Crafton also had been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Philadelphia.
He was a member of the St. Anthony Hall fraternity at Penn. Mr. Crafton kept a lifelong list of friends from his high school and college years.
In addition to his former wife and his daughters, Mr. Crafton is survived by his mother, Isabelle Leombrane; two sisters; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 500 Midvale Rd., Upper Darby.
Contributions may be made to the Lillian and Ella Crafton College Fund, care of TD Bank Holly Ravine Plaza, 101 Springfield Rd., Cherry Hill, N.J., 08003.