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Donald Leon Craner

Mar. 7, 1951 - Jul. 6, 2020

Date of Service: Jul. 10, 2020

OAKLEY – Donald Leon Craner, a 69-year-old Oakley resident, passed away at his home on Monday, July 6, 2020.

Born to Hyrum “Hy” and Lena Bailey Craner, on March 7, 1951, in Burley, Idaho, Don was the youngest of four children. He grew up in Oakley where he raised his family, endlessly served his community and made many friends.

Growing up in Oakley, Don spent his time hunting, trapping and fishing. As a child, his family kept numerous odd pets, including a coyote, a badger, a hawk and a cougar. He worked for Pickett Ranch and Sheep Company. As a 1969 graduate of Oakley High School, Don excelled in many sports. His senior year, Don was voted Mr. Football, Most Friendly, and much to the surprise of his children, he was Seminary president!

The summer following graduation, Don got a job at Ore-Ida, and enlisted in the military. He completed basic training at Fort Knox in Kentucky. He was a tanker with the 116th Armored Cavalry. He served his country for seven years in the National Guard, while continuing to work at Ore-Ida.

Don worked the graveyard shift at Ore-Ida for more than 30 years, as a warehouse supervisor. He made many lifelong friends at work. Ore-Ida is where a girl in a pink pant suit, named Marjorie Wood, caught his eye. They were married six months later, on August 2, 1974, in the Ogden Utah Temple. Together they raised four children: Keriann, Kami, Kade and Kirk. Don worked hard to provide for his family, by night at Ore-Ida, and by day farming, ranching and raising pigs. He provided 4-H pigs to many youth in the Mini-Cassia Valley. On the farm is where Don taught his children the value of hard work, the value of your word, and how to have thick skin. The kids also learned how to dodge anything that came their way, they mastered the art of fighting in whispers, (as to not wake the bear!), and that a handshake is as good as gold.

Serving the Oakley community came easily to Don. He coached junior high and high school football for over 20 years, where he influenced many young lives, on and off the field. As a coach, he cooked many breakfasts in the park for Oakley’s Pioneer Days Celebration. He was the Oakley Vigilante president, and lent much of his time to the Oakley High School Booster Club. Don loved and cared for many neighbors and friends. He will be remembered by many for the meals he delivered on Thanksgiving, candy canes and popcorn tins at Christmas, or a helping hand to those in need.

He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served as elders quorum president, and was a faithful home teacher, with his partner Max Lloyd.

Don enjoyed all things sweet, especially chocolate covered cherries. He loved all things, John Wayne, and could watch old Westerns and war movies over and over again. His team was the San Francisco 49ers, and he never missed a Boise State or BYU sporting event on television. He enjoyed a good meal, and was a master gravy maker. If the spoon stood straight up in the gravy, it was ready to eat. He spent many hours in the South Hills, fishing, hunting, and trapping, and took many people on Sage Grouse hunts.

Don is survived by his devoted wife, Marjorie; daughter, Keriann (Mike) Ford (Helena, Montana) and their children, Lacey and Khali Knadler; daughter, Kami (Curt) Svedin (Melba, Idaho),and their children, Clint, Hank, and Tess Svedin; son, Kade (Megan) Craner (South of Burley, Idaho) and their children, Stran, Boone and Hutch Craner; and son, Kirk (Heather) Craner (Oakley, Idaho), and their children, Bo, Jade, and CeCe Craner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Kenny; his sisters, Delorse and Linda; and his in-laws, Norman “Wag” and Helen Wood.

The family would like to thank the Oakley Quick Response Unit for the special care they took of Don over the years.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Oakley High School football program, and to the Oakley Quick Response Unit.

A public viewing for family and friends will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley. We ask those in attendance to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 10, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Oakley Stake Center, 355 N. Center St., with Bishop Ryan Hawker officiating. Due to COVID-19 group restrictions, the funeral service will be for family and by special invite only.

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Burial with conferring military honors will follow at Oakley Cemetery under the direction of the Mini-Cassia Veterans Group.

Condolences for Donald Leon Craner

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From Gary and Lorraine Armstrong:
He was always so friendly and nice. Whenever we came home to Oakley he always had a big hug and smile for us.
Our prayers are with you.
From Kathryn Tompkins :
So sorry to hear about Don’s passing but glad I was able to see you both at the care center last fall. Please give my condolences to your children. Coach so enjoyed your family all those years ago. Hugs. Kathryn Tompkins
From Sarah Neel Torzillo:
I have such fond and happy memories of Don and his gental and caring personality. I can only imagine the family reunion going on in Heaven. And know someday we will all be able to join in as a family reunited with the whole family. Sending love and prayers of comfort. RIP Don.
From Kenna and kids Taylor:
My most favorite memory of Uncle Don was him letting me sit on his lap and drive the truck down to the farm with a ton of kids in the back! I learned a lot from Uncle Don and loved his passion for sports and always wanting his kids and nieces and nephews to do their best at whatever we did! My kids always enjoyed coming over and jumping on the tramp and watching uncle Don come back from doing chores. We love you uncle Don. We will miss you and wish we could be there in person to say our “see you laters”.
From Heidi & Eugene Matthews :
Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Your family has always been special to our family. Don was a great man! We are sorry for your loss!
From Mike and Robyn Fehlman:
Many memories of hunting and fishing with Don and his dad.. A good man who will be missed by the Oakley community. Prayers for Marge and the kids.
From Lonnie and Gay Downs:
Dear Marge and family, we are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a regular customer at Farmer's Corner for the many years we had the store. Don was always such a kind and caring guy and we looked forward to his many visits. Don will be missed by so many in our community. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this most difficult time.
From Mr. & Mrs. Mark Bell:
Sorry for your loss, hope you can all find some peace in knowing he is with his family again. Remember the Craner name it’s well respected and a blessing to be a part of. God bless you all.
From Dallan and Brenda Schenk:
So sorry for your loss. May God Bless and prayers to your Family at this time...
From Syndi Strand/ Mae Thompson:
Love and prayers for the whole family.
From Corwin Gardner:
Don was a incredible influence on me he showed me honesty and integrity he helped me become the man I am today he will always be remembered and missed.
From Ron and Robin Piper:
Sorry for your loss! We love you all so much and the kindness and friendship you showed us while living in Oakley. Our prayers and heartfelt sympathy. Love Ron and Robin Piper
From Maria Fuentes:
Many find memories, from his visits at our office, he was a cheerful man, always a smile on his face, and something funny to tell us girls, to make us laugh. My prayers to his family, may he rest in peace, from Susie Fuentes.
From Rock:
I am sorry for your loss there was alot of good in this man he helped and touched many lives
From Alan Gibbs:
Many wonderful memories about Donny; playing basketball and being dunked on every game! Helping feed the lambs and taking me up to fish! So sorry to hear of his passing , wish I could be there but sending prayers to Marge and family in this time of sorrow (for his passing) and Joy( he is out of pain and enjoying seeing family and friends who went before him) In John 11:25 Jesus said: I am the resurrection and the life, the one who believes in me will live; even though they die!
Enjoy your new life cousin , tell the family hi for us! Love you and will see you again,
From Nicki Mickelsen:
Love and prayers for the Craner family. Don was such a kind and thoughtful man and raised a great family with a wonderful wife. Marge, know that I am thinking about you and am praying for you. Love you!
From Kathy Stanger Collett:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Craner family. So very sorry for your loss. May cherished memories bring peace and comfort during this difficult time.
From Dwight Hale:
I am sorry to hear of your loss.
From Elaine Culletto :
Love and prayers to all the Craner very sad for your loss...
From Rachel Calder:
So incredibly saddened to hear, I loved Don Very much. Best wishes and prayers to your family.
From Willard Cranney-Account :
Our thoughts are with your family at this hard time especially for you guys losing a great man and the same time the craziness of the world, just remember families are together forever
From Kathi McKinnon lee:
Oh gosh, I was so sad to read about his passing:(( “Donny” and I went to school together. He was the class above us. He was always so kind and caring to everyone. I remember he had a fun sense of humor and a great cowboy laugh. I ran into in Oakley just a few years ago and he was his usual, friendly, sincere kind self. He told he about his family and was so proud of them. He made sure I knew I could always stay with them anytime I was in town. Heaven certainly received a jewel when he passed. Prayers of comfort for his beloved family.
From Tia Mullins:
This wonderful man and I shared so many laughs amidst his pain he came to see me for. So many stories about his children, grandchildren and his beautiful bride. So many yards played over and over about the teams he coached and the boys he adored both on and off that field. So many deer stories, stories of his youth his Mama and Daddy. His loved ones he longed for that had gone on ahead of him. His friend Max that he home taught with. His love for the Lord. His hopes, his dreams, his regrets. Donny Craner I will miss you always and so will Walt as you called him .."that ole Scudder". Until we meet again my friend..until we meet again. Tia
From Tamera Craner Ahrendsen:
Many memories growing up, especially the trip to California 7 of us and my little brother being passed from front to back. He gave me the nick name bones, stuck to this day. Love you cousin, tell all the family in heaven hello. Prayers to Marg and the kids.
From Roger and Laura Neel:
Our hearts are so broken for your family. You know how much we love all of you, and how much we will miss Don.
From Dennis Oscar Peterson:
Sure going to miss him. We bought the same cars but different colors back in 1970.
Mine was black with wide white stripes and Dons was Green with wide white stripes.
Special orders from the factory. Don was a super Hero to me.

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