Elvin "Al" Craven
Oct 31, 1926 - Jan 19, 2014
Elvin 'Al' Craven was relieved of his work on earth on January 19, 2014. Al was born in Vigo Park, Texas on October 31, 1926 to Melvin and Julia Craven and was the youngest of eight children. Growing up on a large farming operation, Al's family would raise crops and livestock on their Texas ranch and move to California each winter until farming season resumed. At the age of eighteen, Al joined the United States Navy where he served as a member of the Seabees building airstrips on Mantak Island in the Philippines during WW II. After his tour of duty he returned home to work in various jobs and travel around the U.S. During his work as a drilling engineer for United Geophysical he met his future wife Florence 'Lucy' Craven in Glendive, Montana. They married and continued to travel around the U.S. and were located in California when their first child, Carol, was born. They settled down in Crows Landing where Al worked for his brother, Roy, farming row crops. Their second child, Matt, was born in Patterson. About this time, Al decided to join the Sheriff's Department where he advanced to the rank of Lieutenant and retired after nearly 23 years of service. Al was an avid pistol and trap shooter and served as the range master for the Sheriff's Department. After retirement he also took up the sport of golf and would play regularly with his group 'the Bandits'. He was a member of the Old Fisherman's Club, Elks Lodge, Pacific International Trapshooting Association, American Trapshooting Association, Oakdale Golf and Country Club, Spring Creek Golf and Country Club and the California Peace Officers Association. He loved shooting, golf, fishing, building and flying remote control airplanes and being outdoors but most of all he loved his family and his country. He leaves 2 children, Matt Craven and Carol Kenyon, both of Modesto, 2 grandchildren, Aspen Kenyon and Janette McCracken, and 3 great grandchildren.
Services will be held graveside on January 29th at 12:00 at the Patterson District Cemetery with a Celebration of Life to follow. Remembrances may be made to the Veterans Administration Hospital, Livermore, CA.
Services conducted by Hillview Funeral Chapel, Patterson.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Jan. 26, 2014