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Marin Independent Journal
Sunday, February 3, 2002
Ronald Alan Crandall,
September 22, 1934 - December 30, 2001
Stinson Beach resident, Ronald A. Crandall, much loved high school science teacher and Dipsea Race runner, whose turreted seaside home on Panoramic Highway always caught the attention of passers-by, died December 30, 2001. Ron, 67, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Ron and his wife Harriet began building their sprawling Stinson Beach abode 35 years ago. It's three turrets and a tunnel that leads nowhere were creations of Ron's imagination and whims. Born in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, Ron was the third of five children. His mother Lois was an accomplished singer and patron of the arts. His father Glen was a dentist. As a boy Ron studied piano and voice, and planned to become a concert pianist. He studied aviation at Glendale College with the intention of becoming a commercial pilot. When the Korean War interrupted his plans, he became a marksman on the US Army Rifle Team, winning medals while competing throughout Europe. Ron's interest in aviation and world history persisted throughout his life. At the time of his death, he was building a World War II Navy Corsair fighter, which he had intended to fly. After the Korean War, Ron enrolled in Whittier College near Los Angeles, where he earned a BA in Biology and a high school teaching credential in Science and Mathematics. He met his wife-to-be, Harriet, while they were singing in the college A Capella Choir. The couple married in 1961, moved to San Francisco and bought their hillside property in Stinson Beach. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary two weeks before Ron's death. A great music lover, Ron sang with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus for many years, and often with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and Olympic Club Chorus. Ron was a humble man who valued his family above all else. He is survived by his beloved wife, Harriet, and their three children, John, Timothy, and Mirina. A Memorial Service was held on January 7, 2002 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, San Rafael. Contributions in Ron's memory can be made to: Marin Alzheimer's Association, 4340 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael, CA. 94903.
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