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Cherokee Village workers remember David Crayne

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

On Thursday, July 21, a simple, black wreath hung on the front door of Cherokee Village City Hall and the city flag was at half mast to honor Street Superintendent David Crayne, who died that morning.

Crayne, 61, worked for the Road and Streets Department since 2003, and was remembered by his crew as "more than a boss."

"I start talking about him and I get teary-eyed," coworker Steven Blansett said Friday, July 22. "He was a dear, good friend."

Cherokee Village Road and Streets Department workers remember their superintendent, David Crayne, as a dear friend with a sense of humor and big heart. Crayne died July 21 following heart bypass surgery.
Crayne died following heart bypass surgery at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. He had gone in two days earlier for a coronary heart angiogram, when the xray revealed the extent of blockage to Crayne's arteries.

As Crayne always downplayed his serious heart condition, his death came as a shock to administrative assistant Carmen Evance.

"He was very sick, but he never showed it," Evance said. "He was always joking around. It's hard to imagine him not being here getting the guys going."

Evance said, under Crayne's direction, the Road and Streets Department paved more roads in the past three years than it had ever done before. Yet, despite demanding the most from his crew, Crayne believed "family came first."

Besides being an active member of Ash Flat Church of Christ, where he led Bible study groups, Crayne taught Basic Life Training and volunteered for area drug and alcohol recovery groups.

"He's going to be sorely missed here," Evance said. "I can't think of anybody who didn't like Dave."

Blansett said he respected Crayne as his supervisor, but considered him a true friend, one who came to Blansett's wedding and "wasn't just an 8 to 5 guy."

"There are a 1,001 good things going through my mind about him," Blansett said. "He was always there to listen. He was that way with everybody."

Earlier this year, Crayne was honored to receive the Elks Distinguished Citizens Award.

Crayne is survived by his stepmother, Hallie Crayne of Cherokee Village. The family asked that memorial contributions be made to the Story Book Project, a local program that allows inmate parents to record stories on tape for their children.

"He was a great guy," Blansett said. "If there are any better words to describe him, I don't know them right now."

Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of services, which was unavailable at press time.

To leave a memorial message, go to obituary/guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

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I went to High School with Dave Crayne. He and I were good friends. He was always smiling, even back then. Very smart too. We were even in a club together. I think Steven Blanset said it best, "He was a great guy." And I might add a good friend. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. We have our 45th high school class reunion this weekend and we will miss him. Rest in peace my friend and SAHIM brother.

-- Posted by Dave Colee on Wed, Sep 25, 2013, at 10:01 AM

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