James I. Crockett, 88, a former official of Local No. 101 of the Columbia Typographical Union and a retired employe of The Washington Star, died Saturday at the Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs, Colo. He had arteriosclerosis and a heart ailment.

Mr. Crockett came to Washington in 1930 and became a printer with The Washington Star. He retired from The Star as a proofreader in 1975. During World War II, he served as a commissioner of conciliation with the Labor Department's conciliation service.

He was secretary-treasurer of Local No. 101, Columbia Typographical Union, from 1939 to 1943. In 1973 he received a special award from the union for his 60 years of continuous membership.

Mr. Crockett was a native of Alabama where he began his career as a printer. He worked as a printer at The Atlanta Constitution and as a printer, reporter, and industrial editor at The Cleveland Press before coming to Washington.

He lived in Washington until moving to the Union Printers Home in 1977. He had been a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Washington.

His wife, Mary Martin Crockett, died in 1964. Mr. Crockett's survivors include two daughters, Katherine M. Ryan of Alexandria, and Frances C. Gonya of Freemont, Ohio; a son, James W., of New York City; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.