James Michael “Mike” Crane passed away in Oakland, California on October 29, 2012.
He was born in Redding, California on October 30, 1934 to the late John J. Crane and the late Marjorie E. Koschnick. Mike was raised in Dunsmuir, California and was a graduate of the local schools.
He joined the US Army during the Korean War; and was a member of the International Football Team.
He received a degree in Mechanical Design from Contra Costa College. A lifelong aircraft enthusiast, he learned to fly private planes, earning his Commercial Pilot’s License from Chico Aviation.
By profession, he was a design engineer specializing in large conveyors for many sources including military, international airports and factory systems, for which he also served as project manager. Additionally, he designed modular homes and other structures.
He was a resident of Chico, California for many years, established his family home and raised his children there.
He became a leader for the Chico Civil Air Patrol; and a board member and vice president for Chico Pop Warner Football.
He was an avid bowler and golfer; music and animal lover. His sense of humor and wit leaves a memory of smiles.
In 1957, he married Lee R. Pichotto and is survived by her; son, Shawn and his wife Anne Crane of Petaluma; granddaughters, Shannon Crance and Natalie Crane of San Francisco; daughter, Kelly and her husband Keith McCray of Sunriver, Oregon; sister, Jackie Crane of Applegate, Oregon; brothers, Fred Koschnick of Mount Shasta and Joe Koschnick of Dunsmuir; six nephews, two nieces and a number of cousins.
He was predeceased by his sister, Marjorie J. Crane; and grandson, Joshua Erickson-Crane.
A family memorial will be held at a later date.