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John Dee

April 20, 1968 – February 18, 2021

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Obituary for John Dee Crane

It is with great sadness that we have to let you know that John Dee Crane passed away at his home on February 18, 2021.
John was born on April 20, 1968 in Casper, Wyoming, joining the large family of Allen and Virginia Crane. John’s parents were teachers in Green River Valley Wyoming, and the family moved there when John was 10. The family spent many summers at Vallecito Lake Resort with Grandpa Crane. John spent several summers working at a boat dock, and played softball, rode motorcycles, hiked and went to church camp.
John liked working on cars, and took as many automotive classes as were available to him in high school. He also worked in a paint and body shop after school hours. He graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1986, going to work for the City of Green River Parks and Recreation Department. He went into the US Army in 1988, having basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ, mechanic school in Aberdeen, MD, and finally getting stationed at Ft. Irwin, CA.
After leaving the Army, he worked for CAT Construction, and then went to Ft. Irwin as a military vehicle lead mechanic, working there for over 30 years.
An avid motorcyclist, John owned and traded many Harley Davidson motorcycles over the years, working on his own and helping his friends work on theirs. He participated in the Laughlin Run for many years, enjoying the comradery of the group. He enjoyed working on fixer upper cars, restoring them and then trading them for other fixer uppers to restore. He bought his daughter Lindsey her first quad when she was 4, and spent many happy hours 4-wheeling through the desert with her as she grew up. John had a monster truck that he took through the desert, and like any child, had to go through every muddy area he could find.
John loved to cook, often taking over the kitchen from whoever had started cooking, adding a little of this and a bit of that and it always tasted great! He was a Bronco’s fan, barbequed every weekend, and watched many shows about restoring cars and motorcycles.
John is survived by his daughters Lindsey Crane and Kayla Hall of Kentucky, mother Virginia Crane of New Mexico, long-time girlfriend Carmen Ochoa of California, grandchildren Mitchell and Brooklyn, and siblings Stanley Crane, Robert Crane, Janice Traugh, and Millie Meyer, and many nieces and nephews.
Viewing for John will be Friday, March 19, 2021 from 5 to 8 pm at the Highlands Funeral Home, 505 E. Williams St., Barstow, CA 92311. Burial with military honors will be at Riverside National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or through their website

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