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Forrest “Wayne” Crane, USAFOctober 17, 1935 – October 03, 2013
Forrest Crane, “Wayne,” as he was affectionately known, passed away Oct. 3, 2013. He was born Oct. 17, 1935, in Trinidad, Colo., to Laurence Earl and Dorothy May (nee Popejoy) Crane.
He was raised on the Crane Ranch in Stonewall, Colo. before moving to Denver and later Olathe, Colo. After graduating from Olathe High School in 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Wayne was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. His distinguished military career was spent on helicopters.
He was honorably discharged in 1976. He married Alice J. George, July 7, 1957, at his mother’s home in Olathe. Their tours of duty took them all over the world. They have made their home in Las Vegas since 1970.
After obtaining a degree from Clark County Community College, Wayne pursued another career in the safety and health field. He was widely respected for his work, most recently consulting for Keystone International. Wayne loved traveling and participating in his grandchildren’s activities. He was their biggest fan and mentor.
Wayne was preceded in death by both of his parents. He is survived by his wife, of 56 years, Alice; son, Lawrence, and his wife, Jennifer; grandchildren, Cody and Sabrina Crane; daughter, Jennifer, her husband, Jack; grandchildren, Briana and Cary Coons; one sister, Carol Hoadley of Montrose, Colo.; and a half-brother, Dan Westesen of Olathe.
Military services will be at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9,, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive,, Boulder City.
In lieu of flowers, donations to American Lung Association