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Friday, February 26, 2016

Pres. Robert Crandall, Aloha until we meet again

I got word that my mission president died and his funeral was today.  He died at the age of 98.  I believe we had the longest running mission reunion in the church.  He held twice a year at conference for the past 42+ years.  I went to my last one in Salt Lake at the October conference 2014 with my mission tag on.  I went to tell he and sister Crandall that I loved them.  When I left the house I wondered if I would ever see them again.

This is part of his obituary: Robert Earl Crandall
1917 ~ 2016
Robert Earl Crandall enjoyed amazing health allowing him 98 years of work and service before passing away on February 22, 2016. He was born November 14, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah as the oldest of five children of Tasy Elizabeth Grace and Earl Metcalf Crandall. Robert attended East High School and the University of Utah prior to serving as an LDS Missionary in New Zealand from 1938 to 1940. Serving under President Matthew Cowley, witnessing his great faith and gift of healing, made a profound influence in Roberts's life. While completing his MBA at Harvard University, he vividly recalled the announcement of the attack at Pearl Harbor. He rushed to complete his degree and immediately joined the Navy as a 1st Lieutenant. During World War II he served throughout the South Pacific as an armament specialist.
On May 26, 1949, Robert and Evelyn Irene Cockrell were married in the Salt Lake Temple, thus began a lifelong working relationship. They became the parents of seven children; all living except Robert Earl Crandall Jr., who passed away in 1961 at age five. Robert was proud of his hard work ethic. With his MBA, CFP, and CLU credentials, his career included Life Insurance and Commercial Real Estate management. For more than sixty years (and to within months of his death), he continued to manage the Crandall Building located in downtown Salt Lake City.
An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a highlight for Robert was serving as Mission President in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission from 1972 to 1975.

 This was a tribute written by one of my companions.  
The Crandalls are incredibly good at remembering names and faces of the missionaries, despite the changes that have occurred in all of us over the past 40 years.  Very gracious, though, just like their mom. 
I was doing fine at the funeral today and totally loving the talks; you couldn't help but nod your head and say "Amen" regarding President's memorable idiosyncracies.  But then someone started singing "Aloha Oe" during the postlude.  As if that weren't enough to do me in, I got myself into a position where I could see Sister Crandall be wheeled out, knowing that doubtless it would be the last time I'd see her alive.  The tears just flowed.  What a gentle, wonderful companion she has always been to President, balancing and smoothing out his quirks and making everyone feel totally loved!  To the very end of her days, she has beautifully performed that role.  I have no doubt that, with his influence, she will be summoned Home very soon now.
Well, we are all so very blessed for the time we spent with President and Sister Crandall and their family, both for the 18-24 months we served with them and over the past 40 years.  What stellar examples of enduring well to the end they have been!!
Aloha, and God bless all of you.
Margie Austin Lamb

I sent an email to one of the missionaries:  Fred, Thank you for keep me up dated on the events surrounding Pres. Crandall's funeral.  There is nothing I would like more than to be there to honor this great man and his sweet wife.  They have made a huge impact on all of our lives.  We have been taught what it means to endure to the end.  Pres. and Sister Crandall's love and devotion to their missionaries can not be matched.I have left a note in the electronic guest book but know my heart and prayers are with the family.  My husband and I are currently serving a mission in Washington DC. We are loving the experience we are having.  Our current mission president has a saying that the missionaries often repeat that the Washington DC mission  is the greatest mission in the history of life.  I really can't say those words because I came from the greatest mission in the history of life, the Honolulu, Hawaii mission.    Our mission can not be equaled.  No Ka Oe.

Sherrie Larsen Anthony

My emotions are very close to the surface for this great man.  He never forgot who I was and was always interested in what I was about.  He will be missed.  

1 comment:

  1. My mission president reminded me so much of dad when I was on my mission. He will always hold a special place in my heart. What a wonderful calling to serve as a mission president.