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Richard R Crane

August 8, 1935 — February 15, 2024

Manti, Utah


    Richard Reese Crane was born August 8, 1935 in Salina to Leo and Erma Larsen Crane. He returned to his heavenly home February 15, 2024, in Gunnison. 

    Richard grew up in Salina and attended North Sevier High School and Snow College. Richard was an integral part of the Salina Riding Club; horses were always an important part of his life. Richard was involved in many pranks and hijinks in his high school years. He married Kaye Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple on August 15, 1955 they lived in Aurora for several years, then moved to Salt Lake where they raised their family. They retired in Manti to be closer to family. 

    Richard began his professional career working on his father-in-law’s farm.  He retired from the Utah State Department of Agriculture Division of Weights and Measures after 31 years of dedicated service. After retirement, he worked his dream job on the Bar J Ranch and worked together with Kaye cooking for Dave Madsen’s Elk Ranch. Farming and livestock were some of things he enjoyed the most. He was also an avid BYU fan, holding season tickets for years. He enjoyed many hours watching games.  

    Richard is well known for his jokes and his one-liners, delivered at just the right time.  Those who know him appreciate his kindness, affability, and good nature. His biggest priority is always spending time with his family. His garden was beyond compare, and he and Kaye spent hours preserving food to share with family and friends. 

    Richard was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in Boy Scouts for many years. He took them backpacking and taught them important outdoor skills. He was a counselor in a bishopric, served as Elders Quorum counselor, and served two home missions with his favorite companion, Kaye. They also served as Family Home Evening instructors at the Central Utah Correctional Facility. Richard also spent several years serving in the Manti Temple and always greeted people with his contagious smile. 

    Richard is survived by his eternal companion, Kaye, Manti. He is also survived by his four children: Calvin (Tammy) Crane, Julie (Glenn) Collett, Jennifer (Chuck) Bigelow and Laura (Mike) Rocco. He is survived by 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Amber (Richard) Curtis.

    Preceded in death by his parents; grandsons: Clinton Crane and Lance Collett; brother, Steven Crane.

    Funeral services will be held Friday, February 23, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. in the Manti Stake Center, 555 East Union Street, Manti where friends may call for viewing from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Internment will be in the Aurora City Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com


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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Friday, February 23, 2024

9:30 - 10:30 am (Mountain time)

Manti 6th Ward Chapel

555 E Union St, Manti, UT 84642

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Funeral Service

Friday, February 23, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Manti 6th Ward Chapel

555 E Union St, Manti, UT 84642

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Graveside Service

Friday, February 23, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Mountain time)

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