Kalispell, MT - On February 18, 2018 we lost a wonderful, generous, kind person in Kalispell, MT. Dick had moved from Bermuda Dunes in June 2017 to enjoy the beauty of Whitefish, MT.
Dick was born in Deadwood, South Dakota on February 15, 1943 to Charles (Red) and Ruby Crane. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Las Vegas were Dick attended school. He graduated from Las Vegas High School and entered the Navy. He spent his time on a destroyer on coast watch in the Pacific.
After his service, he joined Grand Rent a Car dba Avis. He spent 38 years with them. His best times at Avis were when he mentored his employees to do their best and advance through the positions to become part of management. At his retirement in 2001, his old employees came to thank him for all that he had done for them, because without him they would not be where they were today. After Avis, Dick worked 9 years for the Augustine Gaming Commission as Director of Compliance.
In his spare time, Dick raced drag cars in the early 60's winning the championship in his class. In 1999, Dick won the championship in drag boats in the Pro Mod class in the International Hot Boat Association. After retiring from going fast and straight he developed a love for going slow and up in his jeep. He also loved water skiing and golf.
Dick is survived by his wife Leslie of Whitefish MT, his son Mark (Felicia) of Fort Myers FL, daughter Wendy of Thousand Palms CA, stepdaughter Megan Koontz of San Antonio TX, grandchildren Nicholas Scott and Destiny Derr of the desert, great-grandchildren Madisyn and Jordyn Scott, Emery Curiel and sisters Penny Creasy of Grand Junction, CO and Peggy Waltersheit of Stoughton, WI.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick's honor to Kalispell Medical Foundation, Hospice services,310 Sunnyview Ln, Kalispell, MT 59901, or Racers for Christ, Drag Boat division 1250 E. Baseline Rd. Tempe, AZ 85283 or the Salvation Army.
Published by The Desert Sun from Mar. 10 to Mar. 12, 2018.