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Carol W. Crane

08/02/1933 - 07/21/2019
Service Date: 08/03/2019
Service Time: 10 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Visitation Date: 08/02/2019
Visitation Time: 6-8 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Carol Workman Crane, 85, was reunited with her eternal companion, W. Dayton Crane, July 21, 2019.  Carol was born in Provo, Utah, to John Cornelius and Florence Atella (Cook) Workman.

Carol was raised at a time where there were many sacrifices being made as it was the tail end of the depression and her father was sick and unable to work.  The example by her mother to make ends meet and be able to feed and care for 9 children made an everlasting impact on her posterity.  As a young girl, Carol needed to work to pay for piano lessons, which became a lifetime joy for her.  She was a seamstress and made most of her children’s clothing, formals, costumes, and wedding dresses.  It was important to her to have a delicious, balanced, and colorful meal at dinnertime and to sit down as a family to enjoy it. She was an avid reader and kept up on all the current events.  When her husband had his own business, she was a great support by helping him with the rental properties. During the time her husband battled brain cancer, she remained faithful to her beliefs and even became a faithful fan of the Arizona D-backs.

Carol was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many capacities including Relief Society President, of the Ward and Stake, and as a temple worker in the Mesa Arizona temple.  It gave her great pleasure to have choir practice in her home every Sunday for many years.  She also enjoyed being a member of Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and was proud of her pioneer heritage.

Carol is survived by one sister (Wilma Gardner) and her 7 children: Julie Harris (Greg), Richard D. Crane (Julie), Jeanette Taylor (Jeff), Lisa Compton (Ron), Susan Bartlett (Jeff), Carrie Saunders (Kent), and Christy Glover (Bryan) as well as 28 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren with more on the way.  She is preceded in death by her husband, W. Dayton Crane, and a great grandson, Lincoln Glover.

Services will be held Saturday August 3, 2019 at the LDS chapel located at 1455 N. Harris, Mesa, Arizona at 10am.  There will be a time to visit with the family on Friday, August 2, from 6-8pm at Bunkers Garden Chapel 33 N. Centennial Way.


  • Florence Workman

    Carol was a good example to all and always happy. She was so helpful and supportive of me when Ray (Carols brother) died. Ray loved Carol dearly, as did I. I am sure there is a happy reunion going on for them all.

  • Diane Adamson

    Beautifully written obituary and lovely picture of Aunt Carol. What a great posterity. Her love of delicious family meals, sewing, music, reading, and happy spirit must have come through her beloved mother Grandma Workman. What a great example Aunt Carol is to her family and all of us. Blessings to all of you.

  • Wilma Gardner

    I was an older sister and I used to tend Carol as we grew up. We took many trips together with Carol and Dayton. They were so fun to be with. Carol and I and two of our other sisters served as Relief Society Presidents at the same time in separate wards. I send my love to the family.

  • Donna S Millett

    I want to express my condolences and love to the Crane family at this time. Carol was a special friend of mine. I was asked to serve in her Stake Relief Society Presidency in 1985 as her Secretary. We had a special bond of friendship and enjoyed each other so much serving together, Delores Wright and Dorothy Clouse were the counselors. Carol had so many wonderful qualities and was a great leader. You could feel her love throughout the Stake. Everyone loved her leadership. She was always a dear friend of mine. Her family is so outstanding and was a great blessing to her when Dayton passed away. Their reunion will be a great one. I send my deepest love to all her family.
    Love, Donna Millett

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