Johnny Lee Crain

Born October 9, 1930

Johnny Lee Crain was born on October 9, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Willie and Estella Crain. He was the fourth of nine children; preceded in death by all but his older sister Doris Griffin. He was married for 55 years to Levern (Lewis) Crain who preceded him to glory in 2005. As a young man, Johnny moved to Louisiana where he met and married Levern Lewis. Their union was blessed with four children: Brenda Crain Walker, Johnny Lee Crain Jr., Thomas Michael Crain and Romel Dontez Crain. Romel, the youngest son passed on in March 2013. In his earlier years, though working daily to support his growing family, Johnny found time to sing in a successful gospel band, The Golden Inspirators. They existed off and on for over three decades. Thru their music, the inspirators were able to both uplift and inspire all who listened. Johnny, the lead singer of the band was a God-fearing Christian with a joyful love of life that was felt whenever you were around him or heard him sing. Eventually Johnny and Levern moved their family to California where Johnny became employed at General Motors. He remained there until the plant closed in 1969. In 1970, he became a dispatcher for the Milpitas Police Department. In 1973, he became an officer on the force, where he remained until his retirement (medical) in 1984. After retirement, Johnny became more involved in three things: God, Family and the San Francisco Forty-Niners. Thru its fundraisers and other drives to the Worship Team’s various musical performances, the church could always count on Johnny for his support; financially and spiritually. And though he’d be at the Sunday services, he’d somehow keep track of the football scores as they happened throughout each and every football season. Johnny is survived by his three children and his many nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We are all blessed to have had Johnny in our lives. His legacy lives on thru our many cherished memories.


  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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May 18, 2013

I was so sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and prayers are always with you.
Your loving Sis,

May 15, 2013

To Brenda and Johonny Ray,

Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.We love you and God bless you thru the coming days.
Love you,
Tootie and AB

May 15, 2013

To Brenda Crain Walker and Family,

Carl and I are so sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the love and memories of the good times that you shared sustain you and comfort you.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Burgin, Jr.

Michael Lopez

May 14, 2013

Crain Family,

I'll always remember Pops as a Pathfinder. He showed many others the way. He was one cool soul brother. Thanks for the encouraging words thru the years. Your work is complete. RIP

Jack Daley

May 13, 2013

It's been many years since I last talked with Johnny. Shortly after he came on board the Department, I had the distinct privilege of teaching him the "ropes" of public safety dispatching. On learning of his passing,I immediately searched out several items of memorabilia that he had shared with me during our time of working together. Some humorous, some religious, and some personal. But, all very much Johnny! It strikes me that while I was teaching, I was also learning things from him that have served me well as I moved on in life.
Always the gentleman. Always caring.
Always consideration of others. Always keep good humor.

As all who have come to know him, I know Johnny rests in peace.

May 13, 2013

To Brenda Crain Walker & Family,
Brenda, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, your brothers and other family members. May you find comfort in your fond memories of the good times you shared as a family. It's hard for us to understand so many things that happen in our lives. May you find comfort knowing that you have others who love and care about you. We share your loss. May your father's memories give you strength in the coming days. Take care and safe traveling mercies.
Love always,
De & Reggie Washington and the Walker Family in North Carolina.

May 13, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. We did not personally know him, but if he was anything like you, we know that he was a kind, sweet and loving person. I am sure you will find strength in your family, especially JR.
We love you and we are always thinking of you.
Punkin, David and Bryan Jones

May 13, 2013

When I was hired by the Milpitas Police Department in 1982 I was lucky that one of the first people I met was a veteran police officer named Johnny Crain, known around the force as JC. JC immediately extended a welcoming hand, engaging me in conversation, and we soon realized that I had gone to Milpitas High School with his son Romel. Acceptance by peers is incredibly important to a rookie police officer, and JC exuded that, instantly making me feel part of the team.

He had a particular charm and rhythm in his manner and way of speaking, creating his own personalized police radio codes that others carried on for years, “10-7, FM” being my favorite. After his retirement JC was a longtime PAL Board member, and was the best at schmoozing with merchants to obtain excellent giveaway prizes for fundraising raffles.

He was a true friend and gentleman to the end, the kind of man who always asked how your family was doing, remembering my wife Dolores by name. JC was an outstanding man of God; I was blessed to have spoken with him in person together one last time late last week, and to pray together with him. May he rest in peace in the loving hands of our heavenly Father.

Dennis Graham, Milpitas, California

Roland Paul

May 12, 2013

I learned so much from pops the elegance of life, how to enjoy life and family, music and giving, Johnny believed in giving. I will truly miss pops and look forward in seeing him in the kingdom of heaven

Bill Weisgerber

May 12, 2013

Johnny "Pops" Crain, Sr. was a great person, and a friend to everyone who met him. I knew him as BOTH a friend and a co-worker.

Long after he retired, "Pops" remained interested and engaged in the service of his community: whether it was to the youth involved in PAL sports, or his brothers and sisters of the police and fire departments, protecting his community--he was involved, engaged and a caring person.

A great person, father, friend and leader in "the community of man." "Pops" will be missed...and, his song will continue, as long as we do the singing!

Rest In Peace "Pops!"