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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Clarence Crane ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Clarence "Tige" Crane
LAST NAME: Crane FIRST NAME: Clarence MIDDLE NAME:  NICKNAME: Tige
MAIDEN NAME:  AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
TITLE:  GENDER: M MILITARY: WWII - Navy
BORN: 20 May 1916 DIED: 10 May 1997 BURIED: 30 May 1997
ETHNICITY:   OCCUPATION:  Physician
BIRTH PLACE:  Dover, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts
DEATH PLACE: Fortuna, Humboldt Co., California
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AFB #01131 (1997) - Clarence Crane b. Dover, Mass. 20 May 1916, d. Fortuna, Ca. 10 May 1997. Interment 30 May 1997 in Lot #577, next of kin Ruth Crane (Fortuna, Ca.) and Janet Crane (Salem, Mass.).

Name of father Clarence Crane
Maiden name of mother Stella Howard

1920 MA CENSUS - Clarence Crane, Jr., age 3 yrs 9 mos, b. Massachusetts, is enumerated with Clarence, age 49, occupation surgeon, b. Oregon, and Stella H., age 45, b. Massachusetts, along with Calista, age 17, b. Massachusetts, William B., age 15, b. Massachusetts, George, (adopted), age 1, b. Massachusetts, and Carolyn, age 4 mos, b. Massachusetts. Also enumerated in the household are Elmer Sandborn, identified as servant, age 19, b. Connecticut, and George Melvin, age 23, identified as a boarder, b. Pennsylvania.

1930 MA CENSUS – Clarence Crane (13y, b Massachusetts) enumerated with parents Clarence (58y, b Oregon, married at age 28y, occupation surgeon) and Stella (55y, b Massachusetts, married at age 25y) and 2 siblings, George (11y, b Massachusetts) and Caroline (11y, b Massachusetts); also with family was boarder Jay P. Powell (78y, b Vermont, widowed, occupation carpenter)

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OBITUARY: 

Clarence Crane Jr., M.D., died at home in Fortuna on May 10,1997,after a long struggle as a stroke survivor. He was 80. 
"Tige" Crane, as he was known to family and friends, was born on his family's suburban farm in Dover, Mass., where he attended school until the family moved to Fembridge in 1930. He graduated from Fortuna Union High School, and returned East to earn a bachelor's degree from Boston University and later graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine. It was at Boston University that he met his future wife, Ruth Weeks. 
He joined the U.S. Navy after graduation and completed his internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Newport, R.l. He saw active duty as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the 5th Marine Division at Iwo Jima and in Japan. After the war, he completed his residency at Monterey County Hospital In Salinas. Dr. Crane came to Ferndale in 1948 as a partner in general medicine with Dr. Wayne P. McKee and practiced there until his retirement In 1978. He set many broken bones, sat at many bedsldes and examined many high school athletes (loyally attending Femdale games), but particularly loved delivering babies. 
The son of two medical doctors, he never considered any other calling. After his formal retirement, Dr. Crane continued with medical duties at St. Luke Manor In Fortuna and with student medical services at Humboldt State University. Dr. Crane served as president of the Humboldt County Medical Society, chief of staff at Redwood Memorial Hospital and as a long-time trustee for the Bertha Russ Lytel Foundation. In 1962, he traveled as a medical volunteer to the rural villages of Honduras for six weeks. He mentored many nurses-in-training in his Main Street offices and sponsored numerous Bay Area medical students considering general practice, in his home and in his daily medical rounds. Dr. Crane was an advocate of holistic medicine and was a speaker and participant in many workshops on the unity of physical, mental and spiritual health. 
An accomplished gardener,. photographer, traveler and out-doors person, Tige Crane, with his family, in 1951 established the Humboldt County Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, now in its 39th year. Tige like to backpack with his family into the wilderness areas of Siskiyou County. He traveled with his wife to watch birds and take photographs in Alaska, eastern Canada, southern Texas and South America, and with his daughter to visit national parks and cultural monuments in the American Southwest, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and Portugal. He was active in local churches, directing family camps at Cazadero in Sonoma County, serving as a deacon and as an adviser to church youth groups and singing in choirs as a tenor soloist.
Dr. Crane leaves his wife of 55 years, Ruth Weeks Crane; a daughter, Janet of Salem, Mass.; two sons, Dick of Twin Bridges, Mont,, and Doug of Portland, Ore.; and a sister, Carolyn Crane Fleischauer of Palm Springs as well as five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service and garden reception to celebrate. Tige Crane's life will be held May 24 at 11 a.m. at Fern Cottage on Centerville Road, Ferndale. The Crane family invites you to join them in tribute and toshare memories. 
Dr. Crane was a descendant of the Asa McCullys who came West on the Oregon Trail and will be buried in the Crane-McCully plot in Pioneer Cemetery, Salem, Ore. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Dr. Crane's memory to the Redwood Memorial Hospital Foundation, Scholarship Fund. 3300 Renner Drive, Fortuna 95540. 
[Source - Sandy Wilbur]

INSCRIPTION: 

Crane 
Clarence Jr. 
1916 - 1997 
[shares marker with Ruth Crane]

SOURCES: 

LD 
AFB #01131 (1997)
Saucy Survey & Photographs
1920 MA CENSUS (Middlesex, Natick, ED 347, pg 8B)

1930 MA CENSUS (Middlesex co, Natick, ED 358, sheet 11A)
Sandy Wilbur

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LOT: 517 SPACE: 2 NE LONGITUDE: N 44 55.191' LATITUDE: W 123 02.867'
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