The following obit is here with permission of the Challis Messenger, in Challis, Idaho.
Earl Crane, 64 years of age, passed away Monday, November 3, 2003 at
Mosquito Flats, doing what he enjoyed most, hunting and spending time with
Earl Clifford Crane was born May 28, 1939 in Jerome, the second of five
children born to Clifford and Vilena (Spencer) Crane.
He attended school in Jerome and in 1948 the family moved to Challis where
they built a sawmill above Mosquito Flat Reservoir. The mill was moved in the
1950s to the mouth of Bruno Creek.
Earl graduated from Challis High School with the Class of 1957 and entered
the U.S. Army in 1960, serving until 1962. He returned home to Challis and
worked with his father for a few years.
Earl was united in marriage to Hazel Skeen of Challis on June 23, 1963 in
Challis at the Congregational Church and to this union four children were born:
Ben, Alfred, Rob and Patty.
In 1972 Earl and Rick Hussey bought a sawmill from Oregon and set up their
Ruff Cut Saw Mill at Round Valley Lumber of Challis, where he owned and
operated the business with his family for the past 25 years.
In his spare time you could find Earl dinking around with woodworking
projects. He custom built his RV puller for use in his chinking and staining
business he had operated the past few years. He remained self-employed for
the purpose of spending time with family whenever he felt necessary.
Earl loved to hunt and fish with anyone willing to accompany him, especially
his children and grandchildren.
Earl is survived by his wife Hazel of Challis, mother Vilena Crane of Jerome;
three sons: Ben Crane of Eastsound, Wa., Alfred Crane and wife Kelli of
Meridian, Rob Crane and wife Cindy of Challis, Patty Sensabaugh and
husband Billy of Gooding, 12 grandchildren: Stephanie, Colleen, Jessica,
Tiffaney Crane of Eastsound; Danelle and Dillion Crane of Meridian; Devin,
Jordan and Dalton Crane of Challis, Courtney, Billy and Abby Sensabaugh of
Gooding; sisters: Carol and husband Robert Sobotka of Jerome, Judy and
husband John Coppage of Anaheim, CA., brother Art and wife Sylvia Crane
of Washington D.C.; brothers-in-law: Melvin Skeen of Salmon, Dale (Karen)
Skeen of Burley, Earl (Mary) Skeen of Challis; mother-in-law Georgia Skeen
of Challis, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his
father Clifford Crane, brother Bob Crane, father-in-law Alfred Skeen.
Memorial services for Earl C. Crane of Challis were conducted Saturday,
November 8 at the Challis Junior High School Gymnasium with Richard
McDaniels officiating. Military Honors were provided by Philip Kirk.
American Legion Post #109 at the Challis Cemetery following the services.
Memorials are suggested to the Challis Athletic Fund of Challis.
Arrangements were under the direction of Jones & Casey Funeral Home of
Note: I am of no relation, but my sympathies go out to those of you who are.
This is here as a lasting memorial for Mr. Crane.