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Donald Charles Crane

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Donald Charles Crane Obituary
Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was Hebrew proverb DONALD CHARLES CRANE October 12, 1948 - September 2, 2013 of Hemet, California, passed away in Hollywood Community Hospital from complications of diabetes. Donald was born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and also lived in Manchester, England and Alberta, Canada before moving at age ten to California. He grew up in Fountain Valley, California. He graduated from Marina High School in Huntington Beach, and attended both Orange Coast College and Golden West College. After serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Melbourne, Australia, Donald became a certified welder. He worked as a welder and pipe fitter before an industrial accident in 1995 caused him to become disabled. He spent the last 12 years of his life in Hemet, California. Donald was the oldest of four children born to Donald McKay Crane (October 19, 1923 August 2,1981) and Stella Maud (Jubber) Crane (1925 - ). He will forever be remembered by his siblings, Barbara (Crane) Jensen, Lawrence Randall Crane, husband of Cheryl Crane, and Sandra Marie (Crane) Andersen, wife of Charles Edward Andersen. He was preceded in death by his son David Steven Crane (April 2, 1975 November 13, 1987), and has three surviving children, Kathleen Lynn (Crane) McCormick, wife of Michael McCormick, Donald Scott Crane, husband of Victoria Crane, and Johnathon McKay Crane. He has four granddaughters, Caitlyn, Renee, Zandy (children of Kathy), and Gabriella (daughter of Scott.) Donald is survived by his former wife, Janice Renee (Lervold) Crane, and his fiancé, Barbara Ann Hamlett. Donald was especially fond of rock and roll music from the 50s and 60s, and was adept with computers. He loved anything to do with the Boy Scouts of America, and guided both his boys to the rank of Eagle Scout. He also loved playing board games, and had a knack of creating debatable words when playing Scrabble which often led to lively debates that he invariably won. He will be missed by the many other family members and friends who were blessed to know him. Donald touched the lives of many people, keeping in touch with many friends from high school and church throughout the years. He was a member of the FruitvaleWard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Thursday, September 12, at 11:00 am, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5840 Mitchell Ave, Riverside, 92505. To leave condolences or sign the online guest book, please visit www.sierramemorialchapel.com.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 11, 2013
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