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Francis "Frank" Crum

1933 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Francis "Frank" Crum Obituary
Francis "Frank" G. Crum passed away peacefully in his favorite chair while watching football on Jan 6, 2018. Frank was born Feb. 24, 1933 in the small coal mining town of Betsy Layne, KY to Palmer and Carlie Crum. When Frank entered high school he was known throughout Eastern Kentucky as one of the best basketball players ever to play. At Betsy Layne High School Frank set numerous scoring and shooting records and until the advent of the 3 pointer he was still listed in the top 50 scorers of all time. He was selected to play in the prestigious Kentucky vs Indiana All Star basketball game in 1951. He received offers from University of Kentucky and numerous other nationally known programs but decided to attend Marshall University, where he played 4 years of varsity basketball. More importantly he met his wife of 62 years, Jean Huddleston. Upon graduation from Marshall in 1955 with a business degree Frank began working for Alcoa. During this time he was commissioned as a Reserve Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After discharge from the Army Frank then attended Case Western Reserve obtaining an MBA. His son Jon was born in 1963 when the family was moving from Cleveland to California to Pittsburgh and finally back for good to Southern California in 1965 where their daughter Nancy was born. Frank was involved in all aspects of his children's lives, especially sports. He coached numerous teams never missing a game. An avid golfer he played every Saturday at Green River Golf Course for 50 years. Frank retired in 1992 after 37 years as a Controller with Alcoa shortly after his grandchildren Emily and Grant were born. He was also very involved with their sports careers as well. Frank never met a person he did not like, he talked to everyone even people he had never met. He always had a smile on his face and loved wearing colorful shirts, shorts and his ever present Kangol hats, usually pink. In 2007 Frank was inducted into the Betsy Layne Hall of Fame and named to the Fab 50 team. He enjoyed yard work and landscaping, sitting on his patio reading the Floyd County Times and feeding his adopted squirrels and blue jays. Frank will be missed by all. He is survived by his wife Jean Huddleston Crum; son Jon Crum of Irvine; daughter Nancy Crum of Arlington, VA, and grandchildren Emily Crum and Grant Crum.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 at Green River Golf Course, 15215 Green River Road Corona, CA 92880 11am. All those in attendance are requested to wear their most colorful golf attire. In lieu of flowers donations to Betsy Layne Basketball will be accepted @ https://www.gofundme.com/frank-crum-memorial-donations McAulay & Wallace Mortuary
Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 21, 2018
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