Cranston, William H.
William H. Cranston passed away Nov. 3, 2006. Born on Feb. 2, 1921 in Northern California to Nellie Roe Preston and Ivan Cranston, he was 85.
When he was young, Mr. Cranston spent much time with his parents in the Sierra camping and fishing. As a young adult he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite. He received a bachelor’s degree from California Maritime Academy in 1942, and served as a Merchant Marine in World War II.
He married Virginia (Ginger) Inman and had two daughters, Monica and Linda. He was a devoted and caring family man who enjoyed farming his own small orchard in the Santa Clara Valley hills.
Mr. Cranston worked as an engineer for Modern Ice and Cold Storage in San Jose after leaving the Merchant Marine industry. He never lost his love for the High Sierra and spent all summers with the family at Meeks Bay, Lake Tahoe.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ginger, who passed away in 1983. His second wife of 10 years was Elna Ross of Sacramento, who passed away in 1995. They lived for 10 years in Penn Valley.
Mr. Cranston is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law Linda Cranston-Tolin and Robert Tolin of San Luis Obispo, and Monica Cranston and John Wallace of Winters; grandchildren, Garrett and Kaitlyn Tolin, of San Luis Obispo, and Matt and Scott Wallace of Winters.
A private family gathering has been held. There will be a Celebration of Life in the Spring of 2007 at Meeks Bay. All friends are invited. For information call 530-795-4171. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Cranston’s name to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, DWR community non-profit center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, Nev. 89452