He served in the United States Army as an infantry soldier in the Vietnam War.
Mr. Crowley was reared and educated in Fort Scott, Kan., graduating from Fort Scott High School.
He continued his education by receiving his bachelor of science in education, master of arts and specialist in education degrees from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.
Mr. Crowley also received his doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University.
In 1987, he was recognized by Gov. Bill Clinton for academic leadership while serving as superintendent for the White Hall School District and received several awards and acknowledgements for educational service and dedication throughout his career.
He enjoyed antique cars, working in the yard, caring for plants and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. Mr. Crowley was of the Catholic faith.
He was currently working as the special services supervisor of the Sheridan School District. He had also worked for the Department of Education for 15 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Irene Pyle Crowley, whom he married in 1968 in Fort Scott; a son, Patrick Crowley of Little Rock; a daughter, Michelle Bond and husband Bobby Bond Jr.; two grandchildren, Hayden and Addisson Stanfield; two sisters, Pam Nelson and Ginger Prentice, both of Sioux Falls, S.D.; along with several nieces.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at Ralph Robinson & Son.
Burial will be private at a later date.
Donations may be made in memory of: Dr. Michael P. Crowley, Cardiology Unit at Baptist Hospital, Baptist Health Foundation, 9601 Baptist Health Drive, Little Rock, Ark., 72205. Online register at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.