Feb 122013

Albert Wayne Crandell, 86, passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. A memorial service was held Feb. 2 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center in Taylor.
He was born Jan. 16, 1927, to George Lorin and Thelka Pearl Turley Crandell, their youngest son and sixth child of 10, including Lorin, Loy, Zelda, Mell, Mavis, Freida and Sadie. Infant brothers Kent and Karl died at birth.
He lived most of his youth in Pinedale, Woodruff and Heber.
He joined the service when he was young and got in on the last part of World War II. He was never in combat, but was sent to Japan to help reconstruct after the war was over. He learned quite a few Japanese words and delighted in teaching them to his family.
He met Jackie Bitner in Heber and they were married in 1947. They had four children, Ken, Mike, Sharon and Dana.
He had learned construction work, so their life revolved around moving to the places where construction was going on. They lived in Heber, Douglas, Holbrook, St. David and Coolidge, then moved to Colorado to work with his brother Lorin. They moved around a lot.
He and Jackie were divorced in 1967, and he moved back to Heber. It was there that he met Toni Evenson. She had seven children, Debbie, Wesley, Randy, Rhonda, Gary, Johnny and Brenda. They were married in 1969, and together they had Gene, Kevin, Kelly and Stephen, and he adopted her seven children. They lived in Heber for two years, then they moved to Snowflake for the rest of their marriage. They were divorced in 1974.
He married Karen Goodman Seymore in November 1974 and she had four children, David, Kelly, Lori and Morton. All together, he was dad to 18 children.
The occupation he had in his life was mostly construction, but he also was a great cabinetmaker and did a lot of carpentry. He was very strong and could drive a nail into a piece of wood with one stroke of a hammer. While married to Toni, he got a job at the paper mill working on the scale. They sent him to various paper mills throughout the U.S. to train and work in other mills. While at the paper mill he did side jobs of repairing, construction and making caskets, and could do just about anything.
He built a duplex around a trailer house and that was where he lived for the later part of his life.
He was very talented with wood, polishing rocks, making jewelry and could he sing! He and Karen became famous for their duet singing. Many funerals, weddings and church functions were blessed by their wonderful harmonies. What a great talent and gift of service they gave for many, many years.
Wayne got to the point that he needed 24-hour care, so he was taken to Sierra Blanca in Lakeside, then to the Carriage House in Snowflake.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen; his daughter, Lori; his parents; and all nine of his siblings.
Survivors include 18 children and their spouses, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins who loved him dearly.
Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.Crandell