Obituary: Kenneth Paul Crandall passes
Kenneth Paul Crandall passed away on April 16, 2009, in Twin Falls, Idaho. Ken was the son of Paul Raymond Crandall and Fores Talcott Crandall. He was born in St. Helena, Calif., and grew up in Napa, Tahoe and Gridley, Calif. Until World War II, Ken’s family owned and operated the Tahoe Park Store. As a result a life long love of Lake Tahoe began.
In 1955 Ken graduated from U.C. Davis with a B.S. degree in Ag Economics. At U.C. Davis he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, a sports editor for the student newspaper and a first string quarterback for the Aggies during his Senior year.
After graduating from Davis, Ken joined the Marine Corps as a commissioned 2nd Lt. While in the Marines between 1955 and 1959 he flew the F9F Panther and the FJ4 Fury. He continued his love of flying after the Marines as a private pilot.
While at U.C. Davis, Ken met Jean Marie Brandenberger. They married in 1957 and together raised four children: Kimberly Ann Hunt, Cynthia Marie Poulos, Patricia Fores Dame and Paul Raymond Crandall II. Following his Marine Corps service, Ken began his career in the agriculture industry.
He worked first as a produce buyer in Southern California and then a packing house manager in Camarillo and Somis, Calif. He later moved his family to Wasco to work in the same industry.
In 1974, with years of experience behind him, he started Pro-Ag, Inc. with his friends and Partners. Pro-Ag, Inc. grew into a major agricultural management company, owning and managing citrus groves and packing houses throughout Central and Southern California. Ken was instrumental in taking the company into the international arena, with contracts to supply fresh produce to wholesalers in Japan.
In his professional life Ken also served on the Board of Sunkist for 10 years and as a vice president of the Tulare County Fair Board. He also had an interest in ranching, and managed cattle operations at several ranches around California. In addition to his love of flying and agriculture Ken had many other interests. He actively supported all of his children in their FFA, 4H and horse showing activities and school sporting events.
He also took an active interest in education and served on the School Boards of Woodlake High School in Woodlake, Calif., and College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif.
Ken was also a lifelong hunter, horseman, fisherman, skier, pilot, and golfer. Since the mid 1950s Ken and family had a home in Rubicon Properties, Lake Tahoe, where he eventually served as President of the homeowner’s association.
Ken is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean Marie Crandall and his children Kim, Cindy, Patty and Paul. He is also survived by eight grandchildren (Mitchell, Nicholas and Leslie Dame, Kenny Hunt, Claire and Grayson Poulos, and Alycia and Stephen Crandall) and by his sons-in-law Brent Dame, Gregory Poulos and Charlie Hunt and his daughter-in-law Colleen Crandall.
He is pre-deceased by his grand-daughter Marissa Hunt. A memorial service was held on Monday April 20 at Crossroads United Methodist Church, Kimberly, Idaho.
A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday afternoon, June 20 at the Kings Beach Pavilion, North Tahoe Beach, 7860 North Lake Blvd. (across the street from Safeway), Kings Beach, Calif. Contact for additional information (530) 546-3157.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Woodlake Union High School Foundation c/o Woodlake High School or the Ken Crandall Memorial Fund, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Phi Chapter at Univ. of Calif.-Davis, 1111 Drake Drive, Davis, CA 95616.
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