Hugh John Crandall, 74, of Mountain Home, passed away on May 30, 2011, at a local hospital.
Services will be held on Friday, June 3, at the Bible Baptist Church, 1555 American Legion Blvd., with a viewing from 9:15 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Hugh was born on March 25, 1937, the sixth son of Mildred Lydia Beltz and Winfred W. Crandall in Anoka County, Minn. He attended school in Elk River, Minn., and graduated in 1955.
In 1956, he met Carol Anne Slater (Gale) when he was hired to work on her parents' farm. They were married on Dec. 21, 1957. God saw fit to bring eight children into the family by birth, besides many by love. He also gave them two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren, whom he loved very much.
Hugh worked many jobs in his 74 years, from landscaping and construction in Minnesota, farm hand in Colorado, mechanic in Montana, back to construction, mechanic, assistant cemetery sexton and janitor in Idaho. He also took care of the building, yard and the buses at Bible Baptist Church and helped whoever needed help. He could always find something to do or work on.
Never one to hunt or fish, he loved to read his Bible and western books in whatever free time he had. He had reached the ability to go from sit to sleep in 60 seconds with his favorite afghan over his shoulders.
He drove the church bus for many years, taught Sunday School and was a deacon at the Bible Baptist Church. He loved the Lord and quietly served Him, if at all possible behind the scenes, without anyone knowing what he had done.
Hugh is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol, his brothers Eugene of Minnesota, Franklin of Pueblo, Colo., Stewart of Colorado or Nevada and Leon of Olathe, Kan., his sister, Marian E. Grams of Scribner, Neb., his children, Scott Crandall and MariAnne Crandall, both of Elko, Shannon Driscoll, H. Daniel Crandall, Colleen Wallace and BethAnne Crandall, all of Mountain Home, granddaughters Cheyenne Campbell and Nicole Driscoll and great-grandkids Antonio Chavez, Chloe Chavez and Nicholas Campbell of Mountain Home. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lori Dare, of Blaine, Minn., his brother-in-law, Francis Gale of Anoka, Minn., and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and mother-in-law, Lila B. Gale, his brothers, Donald, Gordan, Warren and Michael and his sons, Michael and Shane.