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Independent Journal
Tuesday, June 23, 1981

J. Warren Crane

Joseph Warren Crane of San Rafael, lifelong Marin resident and a retired banker long active in local affairs, died today in a local hospital after collapsing at home on Saturday.

Crane, who was 83, was known to friends both as “Warren” and “Loppo,” a nickname going back to his youth.

He was born and raised in San Rafael, except for a time after his parents died and he and his brother, the late William M. Crane, lived with relatives in Bolinas.

He went to work in a bank in 1914 in San Francisco, working for 51 years for Crocker Bank and its predecessors. He retired as a vice president in the San Rafael office in 1965.

Crane’s years in banking were interrupted only twice. In 1916 he went to the Mexican border with San Rafael’s Company D of the Home Guard and he served with the Army in Europe during World War I.

While he was stationed in San Diego, he took up prizefighting and for a time considered making a career of the sport but decided against it. “If you had to hurt someone to win, it was no good,” he later said.

In addition to his banking duties, Crane served 35 years as a San Rafael fire commissioner. He also served twice on the Marin County Grand Jury, once in 1952 and again in 1964 when he was foreman of the body.

He was a member of the local Civil Defense, Fire and Police Committee during World War II and he served on the county draft board in the 1960s.

Crane belonged to the San Rafael Elks Lodge, the American Legion Post 37 and the Marin Sierra Club.

He is survived by his wife, Alice of the family home; three daughters, Suzanne Crane of Los Angeles, Janet Pensabene of Washington, D.C., and Sallyann Pizzo of New York, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Friends may call at Keaton’s Mortuary from noon Wednesday until 5 p.m. Thursday.

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