|Full Name:||Jack Crusher|
|Children:||Wesley Crusher (b. 2349)|
|Other relatives:|| Paul Howard (father-in-law)|
Isabel Howard (mother-in-law)
Felisa Howard (grandmother-in-law)
|Assignment:||Second officer and science officer, USS Stargazer|
Crusher's father spent little time at home when Jack was a child. As he grew older, Jack understood his father had never wanted a family. This influenced Jack's feelings later in life when he had a son of his own. (TNG novel: Losing the Peace)
Jack Crusher was introduced to Beverly Howard by their mutual friend, Walker Keel. (TNG episode: "Conspiracy") They were married in 2348, after Crusher presented her with a book entitled How to Advance Your Career Through Marriage. (TNG episode: "Family") They were wed in San Francisco, in a ceremony attended by Picard, Keel, Leo Blais and Marielle Kumaretanga, amongst others. (TNG novel: Death in Winter)
In 2354, the Stargazer encountered an unknown anomaly later termed a Nensi phenomenon, which crippled the ship and caused a dangerous energy build-up in the starboard warp nacelle. Crusher and Lieutenant Peter Joseph both volunteered to go outside the ship to detach the nacelle with phaser rifles. In the course of this operation, Crusher was caught in an explosion, though was successful in cutting the nacelle free. Joseph, who had panicked and left Crusher alone, feigned unconsciousness when he saw Picard on his way to retrieve his men, and allowed himself to be "rescued" while Crusher perished. Joseph later claimed both men had been overcome by the energy cycling in the nacelle. (TNG novel: Reunion)
- The novelization of TNG pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint" establishes that Crusher was made the Stargazer's first officer in 2349, and died three months later during an away mission where the natives had turned violently against the visitors. This is contradicted by information later established in the TV series, as well as the Star Trek: Stargazer stories and others.
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An alternate version of Jack Crusher appears in the novel Q-Squared. In this reality, Wesley died climbing a tree when he was four, with the result that Jack took different assignments to escape the pain of his son's death and his increasingly-failing marriage, with the result that he was on the Stargazer during its final mission, taking charge of the crisis before Picard could do so. As a result, Picard is demoted in rank to Commander while Jack receives command of the Enterprise-D, although he requests that Picard be made his first officer.
However, when Trelane appears- now possessing literally infinite power after acquiring access to the Heart of the Storm, a part of the fundamental order of the universe, and seeking to collapse three alternate timelines together for the fun of it-, he drives Jack insane by revealing that this version of Jack is the only still-living version of Jack Crusher in any universe, suggesting that Wesley's death came about instead of his own to 'ensure' that Picard and Beverly Crusher ended up together.
Driven increasingly insane as he witnesses alternate worlds where he is dead and his son still lives, this Jack Crusher finally commits suicide when he accidentally kills his ex-wife during a struggle with the Picard of the main timeline when he throws her head-first into a medlab table, her last words being to tell Jack that she never stopped loving him, prompting Jack to blow his own head off with a phaser.
|location||assignment||dates||rank or rate||assignment insignia||rank insignia|
|USS Stargazer||science officer||2340s-2350s||lieutenant junior grade|
|second officer/science officer||until 2354||lieutenant commander|
|USS Stargazer personnel|
|USS Stargazer (NCC-2893)||Ang • G. Asmund • I. Asmund • G. Ben Zoma • E. Bender • J. Caber • T. Cadwallader • A. Carriello • J. Crusher • Durand • S. Grace • C. Greyhorse • Hanta • Iulus • Jiterica • P. Joseph • N. Kastiigan • Ki'hiut • Kochman • Kotsakos • S. Leach • Lisuni • I. Maisel • Merritt • Morgen • A. Nikolas • Obal • C. Paris • Pfeffer • J.L. Picard • Pierzynski • B. Refsland • D. Ruhalter • Satran • Schuster • P. Simenon • Stroman • Suranyi • T'Moni • D. Ulelo • Urajel • J. Valderrama • Vandermeer • Vigo • Werber • E. Wu • Yojaleya|
|USS Stargazer (NCC-2893-A)||Hendry • Rackham|