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Harry "Kirk" Crandell

June 17, 1935 ~ June 14, 2021 (age 85)


Harry Kirk Crandell passed away Monday, June 14, 2021, at his home in Clay Springs, Arizona.    He was born June 17, 1935, in Clay Springs to Horace and Malinda (Cheney) Crandell.  He grew up with three brothers and four sisters.  He went to school in a two-room schoolhouse in Clay Springs through the eighth grade.  He later earned a GED.

While growing up, he was taught by his father to work hard, learning about the lumber and sawmill industries.  He used this knowledge all throughout his whole life working mainly as a sawyer in sawmills throughout Arizona, including one at Williams, Cutter, Winslow, Heber, Show Low, Cibecue, Eagar, and one in New Mexico.

Kirk married Elaine Parker on October 24, 1952.  Together they raised two daughters and one son.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying these times with his children and grandchildren.  He loved making homemade ice cream, and divinity candy for his family.  He enjoyed watching old western movies, playing his fiddle, and pitching horseshoes.  He loved his family and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is survived by his wife Elaine of 68 years; daughters Shellie (Bill) Vallery of Linden, and Dawn of Clay Springs; and a son Rio (Lynette) of Clay Springs, 16 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Beth Perkins, Reese Crandell, Rose Turner, Hope Davis, Albert Crandell, Carlos Crandell, Opal Crandell, Son-in-law Jackie Kizzar, two grandchildren Mella June Kizzar and Adam Kirk Crandell.

Graveside service was held Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the Clay Springs Cemetery.

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