Gary M. Crane

1 January, 19407 June, 2021

With solemn respect we announce the passing of Gary M. Crane (he was 81) on June 7, 2021 at the home of his daughter Melanie in Moorpark, CA. Almost 1 year to the week after his beloved wife Carolyn passed away the prior year. They lived in Thousand Oaks, CA after nearly 50 years in Glendale, CA. Gary was the middle child of Herman and Mary Crane (later Crockwell) and born in Ogden, UT. He is survived by his brothers, Kent and Terry. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness, generosity, and a life of fulfillment along with his six children: Cordell(Starley) Crane, Cynthia Crane, Melanie(Adam)Parrish, Clarke Crane, Celia(John)Otis, Janel(Tim)Bennett and 18 grandchildren.

Gary’s life was an example of overcoming as he contracted a severe case of polio when he was only 5 years old and eventually the complications of post-polio contributed to his passing. Despite his physical challenges he did not use them as a ‘crutch’ but as a drive to further develop himself as a person and in his own words it allowed him to improve in other areas that he might not of had they not occurred. He is now enjoying time with family and dear wife free from those limitations. Growing up he was still active and played most sports as he could. He especially loved to play marbles, swim and worked hard to be self-sufficient at an early age. He was a Road Scholar candidate from Montana State University and later went on to graduate from Northwestern School of Law where he met his wife to be while attending local church services. He was a respected attorney, former President of the Glendale Jaycees, and former Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel for the Central Bank of Glendale before it was sold. Gary was a wonderful teacher and enjoyed serving as a Gospel Doctrine Sunday School teacher and Patriarch in his faith for many years. At first glance he was a modest person, but he traveled the world to appreciate all of God’s creations with his wife and even brought along his children at times as they got older. He was also an avid reader and his joy of learning contributed to his desire to explore and see the world.

One of his utmost desires is to see all of his family merit the greatest blessings our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for us as a family. Gary counted himself as a very blessed man and we count ourselves very blessed to have been his children, family and friends here in this life. Gary was a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 19 June , 2021


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Michael Crane

18 June 2021

I didn’t spend a lot of time with Gary and we didn’t keep in close touch, but I do have good memories of the few times we were to together.

I remember he visited us (Dad and Joan) in Ogden during a summer break from Northwestern. He would have me climb on his back while he did pushups. He would also do one handed pullups on the swings. I was impressed! He liked to watch TV lying on his back on the floor with his feet toward the set drinking iced sugar water. Mark (our youngest brother) and Gary would play chess , and as I remember Mark would beat him occasionally!

Jan and I visited one summer (40 years ago?). I remember that the TV cabinet was chained closed because someone (you know who you are) had a video game obsession. We had soup for lunch and then Cynthia drove us to see the bank building Gary was a part owner of. I was impressed with the way she maneuvered in and out of the California traffic. Our ride was a station wagon with the ceiling liner falling out, being held up by the ceiling light frame. It was like riding in a tent. It actually impressed me because I knew he had the money to repair it or replace the car but seemed much more interested in using the resources for the many vacation trips he and Carolyn would take.

Gary and Carolyn were always very generous to Jan and me, reaching out several times to help us financially. This was greatly appreciated.

He definitely set a good example. I enjoyed his knowledge and quick wit during the few conversations we had and will always have fond feelings for him and Carolyn.

I’m sorry I can’t be there to pay tribute. Sending our love to all the family.

Mike Crane


17 June 2021

He was my Patriarch and gave me my Patriarchal Blessing at Glendale Ward in September 15, 1999. I was amazed at that time and still amazed now how he know. But later I realized that he interpreting Gods will. Brother Crane was great person and he will be with Gods presence because God know him personally! I'm considering myself lucky person to be able to meet him and get patriarchial blessing. I feel very sorry when I found he was gone.
Please accept my sincere condolences.
With respect,
Arsen Aramaisi Harutyunian
Hollywood Ward

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