Surrounded by his family, Joe passed away on Saturday, May l9, 20l2.
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Joe was the cherished husband of Helen Crane. He is survived by his children Steven and Debbie Crane, John Crane, Candy Clappis, Sandy Crane, Tammy and Eric Houser, Joe and Tori Salazar and Rick Verber.
Grandpa was loved and adored by his grandchildren, Brittany and Sean Crane, Derek and Shea Clappis, Madison, Christian and Riley Houser, Lindsay and Gia Verber, Joey, Lucca and Lucianna Salazar and Helen Newton. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Packard, his brother, Greg Crane (Patsy) of Texas, and his sister-in-law, Evie Crane of Spokane Valley, Washington, his brother and sister-in-laws in Stockton, Bill and Jean Laughlin, Ron and Paula Laughlin, Mary Laughlin and Richard Laughlin and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bernice Crane, his brother John Crane and his sister Toni, and his brother in-law-Bob Laughlin.
Joe was a leader in the Banking community for nearly 60 years. He began his career with Crocker Bank, than rose to President of Union Safe Deposit Bank where he served many years alongside Don Stewart. He finished his career as Senior Vice President of Farmers and Merchants Bank. Along the way he mentored many in the banking industry and his family is grateful for the wonderful friendships they have made over the years. Joe was recognized with many distinguished Banking Awards for his leadership.
He is recognized for his many charitable contributions including Stocktonian of the Year; United Way Flagship Award; St. Mary's High School Hall of Fame, Amigo of the Year for El Concilio of San Joaquin County and The C. Joseph Crane Building for the United Way. Joe served on the following boards and committees: Director of the Business Council, Inc., of San Joaquin; Vice Chair of St. Joseph's Medical Center Board of Trustees; Chair of the Better Business Bureau; President of the Yosemite Club; Director of Goodwill Industries, Inc.; Director of the Hanot Foundation; St. Mary's High School Capitol Campaign; President of the Board of Director's for the United Way of San Joaquin County; Parish Council for St. Bernadette's Church, committee member of the Ed Sprague Gold Medal Classic; Director and president of The Credit Bureau of San Joaquin County and The Bishop's Award for lifetime of service and many more.
Joe graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 1953 and remained loyal to the college throughout his lifetime. Joe served as a director and president the Alumni Association and the Board of Regents respectively. Saint Mary's acknowledged his dedication with the following awards: Saint Mary's College Signum Fidei Society and the 2012 Alumnus of the Year Award. Joe and Helen established the Joe Crane Scholarship for students to attend Saint Mary's College who have graduated from Saint Mary's High School. They are very proud of the young men and women who have attended and graduated Saint Mary's College on the Joe Crane Scholarship. Joe is also proud that five of his seven children graduated from Saint Mary's College and this past year the first of the third generation (granddaughter Lindsay) graduated from Saint Mary's College. Go Gaels… Joe was loved and adored by his wife Helen. They had a great love for one another and spent every day together enjoying each other's company. He enjoyed their time on the coast, playing cards with their close friends and his time on the golf course with all of his great golfing buddies and of course a vodka on the rocks. However, their favorite thing to do was to spend time with their grandchildren, who love and miss their Grandpa. We are grateful for all of the wonderful family and friends who have shared Grandpa's joy of living and his great sense of humor. We have been blessed by your friendship and we are grateful for the many wonderful times spent together.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Mary's High School P.O. Box 7278, Stockton, CA 95207 for the Joe Crane Saint Mary's College Scholarship fund.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church 2445 Country Club Blvd. Stockton, CA on Friday May 25, 2012 at 11:00 am.
Visitation will be held at DeYoung Memorial Chapel 601 N. California St., Stockton on Thursday May 24, 2012 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Committal will be private.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 23 to May 30, 2012