Steven Clarke Crandall
July 20, 1956 - May 2, 2021
On Sunday, May 2 2021, Steven Clarke Crandall, passed away peacefully at the age of 64. Born July 20 1956, in Stuttgart, Germany, he was the son of Chauncey and Ruth Crandall. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Steve is survived by his wife of 36 years, Heidi Crandall. Affectionately known as Dad and Gampy, he is survived by his children, Brittany Crandall, Justin Crandall (daughter-in-law, Maddie) and Mallory Slattery (son-in-law, Charlie); and his grandchildren, Jackson, Lillian, Piper and Lucy Crandall and, Greyson and Morgan Slattery. He is also survived by his brothers, Chauncey, Michael and Tom Crandall.
Steve had many interests. He was most passionate about his family farm on Hat Creek. He nurtured the land and trees to their full potential often telling people Hat Creek Farm was his Heaven on Earth. He had black snakes for pets, he loved history, and was a Civil War artifact collector. Steve also cherished the many Native American artifacts found on his family farm. He was also very involved in the local Boy Scout troop guiding the youth and passing on his passions in life. He was a dedicated outdoorsman and avid hunter, taking him amazing places such as Africa, Mongolia, Mexico, British Columbia, Alberta, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico.
Steve leaves behind his 3rd generation family-owned business, Tectonics II Custom Homes, to his son Justin. Famously, Steve founded Devils Backbone Brewing Company in 2008 and steered the company to great success in a short period of time with his wife, Heidi.
Steve was an extraordinary man, the glass was always half full. He was always happy and always wore a smile on his face. He saw greatness in everyone and gave so many people his love and support. Steve's generosity of spirit was boundless. Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, Steve managed his illness with strength and grace, and wanted to spend as much time with his loved ones as possible. On his final day, he was surrounded by his wife and children, who he adored more than anything else in the world.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial donations may be made to Nelson County Food Pantry, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
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Published by Daily Progress on May 6, 2021.