"Mother, Mother Ocean, I have heard you call..."
  • 68 years old
  • Born on March 16, 1943 in San Jose, California, United States.
  • Passed away on January 13, 2012 in Tustin, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, David Crane, 68, born on March 16, 1943 and passed away on January 13, 2012. We will remember him forever.

Please join us in a celebration of his life to be held at The Heritage Museum of Orange County, 3101 West Harvard Street  Santa Ana, CA 92704, (714) 540-0404, at 2:00 pm Saturday, January 21, 2012. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in David's name to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

Posted by Leeza George on 25th October 2018
Missing you Grandpa, Love you ❤
Posted by Donna Crane on 12th January 2018
You might think this would get easier as time passes, but that is just not true. There are often times I wonder what our day would be like if you were still here with me. What would make you smile or laugh? Who and what do you miss? I miss talking with you. I still do, just don't get feedback. Miss you and love you. I know the kids do too! Watch us and help keep us all safe! Love you, Donna
Posted by Carly Jean on 13th January 2017
“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” Still learning to swim.. Miss you so much ❤️
Posted by Steven Riolo on 13th January 2016
Dave: So hard to believe it's been 4 years already, So many memories come to mind whenever I think of you. Seeing the Rolling Stones live. Sipping bourbon together in your car the night before I got married. I was so nervous about screwing up in the ceremony. You told me "If that's all your worried about, you have it made." You were always there when I needed you. There's no doubt in my mind that you're in Heaven. Someone as good and kind as you were HAS to be. Steven
Posted by Donna Crane on 13th January 2016
Well it was 4 years ago today when you left us. I don't think a day goes by where you are not mentioned or remembered. I miss your face and your laugh. Your laugh was so contagious. Keep us safe and we'll keep you in our memories. Love you, Donna
Posted by Donna Crane on 31st December 2015
Well Honey, another year has passed. Moving into 2016 and hopeful for a bright future for all of us. Keep watch over us and we'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love you, Donna
Posted by Lynette Fulsom on 16th March 2015
Thinking of you brother ...... I miss you and I wish I could hear your voice again...... You are always in my heart .
Posted by Donna Crane on 16th March 2015
Happy Birthday Babe. Wish we were spending your day together as we have always done. Miss you and love you.
Posted by Donna Crane on 13th January 2015
Well today was the day you left us in 2012. I know the kids miss you terribly as do I. The family continues to grow. New Great Grand baby by Michael and Meygan, and Leeza was due any time. May have even happened as of this post. Keep watch on all of us as I know you will. Love you. dc
Posted by Donna Crane on 31st December 2014
Everytime I log on and see that picture of you on the boat, looking so comfortable and content, I realize you were really in your element. Missed you for Christmas, but had a houseful. Kids everywhere. We had a good time. Tonight's New Years Eve, so please keep watch on all of us, that we may enjoy a great 2015. Miss you and love you. dc
Posted by Donna Crane on 11th December 2014
Babe, Happy Anniversary. Wish we were spending it together. I'll keep you in my heart, always. Please watch over all of us form up there. You have a good view, I'm sure. Love you. Donna
Posted by Leeza George on 4th December 2014
I love you grandpa. Your always in my thoughts.
Posted by Donna Crane on 1st December 2014
Babe, Happy Thanksgiving. I viewing the site, there is a great picture of you on Thanksgiving looking at the turkey. Hope all Thanksgivings are as good as that one was for us. Keep watch on all of us. Help us when you can, know you were and are loved. Donna
Posted by Carly Jean on 17th July 2014
I miss you Dad.. I think about you often but have to stop myself almost the minute you enter my mind. If I don't I am afraid I might cry forever.. I wonder if it will ever just hit me that you are not longer here and I will be forced to deal with all the emotions.. I wish you would visit me in a dream again.. It would mean the world to me. Love you
Posted by Donna Crane on 16th June 2014
Well Babe, another Fathers Day has come and gone. Wishing you all the love in the world and hope you continue to watch over the family. We all can use an angel watching over us, sometimes I think you are right there, and have to look twice. It's a glad and sad occurance. I'm glad you are with me, but sad you are away. Love you. Donna
Posted by Hank Matthews on 18th March 2014
when iam on my boat and iam thinking about a problem and i think i better call dave........but i cant do that now.........it happens a lot capt. hank
Posted by Donna Crane on 16th March 2014
Hi babe, happy birthday! Thinking of you today and what we would have done for your celebration. Hope you look down here on all your family and friends and know how much you were loved and respected. Keep watch on all of us, as I know you do. Happy birthday, love Donna.
Posted by Lynette Fulsom on 16th March 2014
Thinking about you on your birthday brother ....... Miss you and love you always .......
Posted by Carly Crane on 13th January 2014
Can't believe it's been two years.. I really miss you Dad. The kids are doing wonderful and you would be happy to know that although it took us some work, Dion takes really good care of us. I know that's all you ever wanted was to know I would be okay and happy.. I am really looking forward to getting together with Donna and going through your pictures and mementoes. I miss you.
Posted by Steven Riolo on 13th January 2014
I can't believe it's been two years already,Dave. Have thought about you alot. You were so dearly loved. How I looked up to you when we were growing up. I have such vivid and fond memories of all that we did together. And like Sis,how I remember that deep infectious laugh of yours when we watched those Richard Pryor movies. Take care my brother. Hope you will be there to meet me along with Cynthia when my time comes.
Posted by Donna Crane on 13th January 2014
Well Honey, it's been two years today. Been receiving notes from family and friends. You were very well thought of by all. The messages are a tribute to that. Family is doing well and growing up quickly. Time passes so swiftly and it's apparent with each visit of the Grandkids. Keep watch over us and we'll do our best to make you proud. Love you.
Posted by Leeza George on 3rd August 2013
I hope you love the tattoo I got for you. I Show it off very proudly. I love you grandpa. Hope you look down on me and smile.
Posted by Leeza George on 3rd August 2013
Grandpa I miss you so much. Its still unreal to me. I think about you every day. Today I thought about you more then usual. I got the keys to my very first apartment today and I seen a things that needed to be fixed and the first thing that came to my mind was you. Then also at work today we have this wood stand and it keeps giving me splinters and I wished you were there to sand it down.
Posted by Donna Crane on 14th June 2013
Well Babe, another Father's Day. Missing you and wish you were here for your day. I know the girls will be thinking of you. Kindly look in on them and keep them safe. Love always. dc
Posted by Hank Matthews on 18th March 2013
well happy "B" day, late (when was i ever on time) this comes from me,phil,courtney,mia,and of course SV RELIANCE/SV ALERT....will put a photo in when i return home. (manzanillo) as of now iam up to no good and moving fast! Capt.Hank
Posted by Laura Hodgdon on 17th March 2013
Happy Birthday Dave! I am so glad that Donna has a guardian angel like you! She and your boys are doing well and I can only attribute that to the fact that you are up above watching out for their welfare! Although you are sorely missed down here, you are doing a fabulous job as an angel up there! Love, Laura
Posted by Donna Crane on 16th March 2013
Happy Birthday Baby. Miss you and hope to do you proud. Hope theres a party up there for you today, you deserve a good one. We'll have some cake down here and think of you. Love you.
Posted by Donna Crane on 14th January 2013
Well Honey, it's been a year since you left us. I had a nice visit with the girls and their families on Sunday, the 13th. We enjoyed your favorite morning snacks, donuts and coffee. We all thought about you and had some nice moments sharing each others company. We miss you and know you are looking out for each of us. Love you always. Donna
Posted by Lynette Fulsom on 13th January 2013
Dave......I think about you alot and I still find it hard to know I can't pick up the phone to call you. Sometimes I smile and sometimes I cry when you come to mind,but always I miss you.........
Posted by Ed Collins on 13th January 2013
Hey Dave. Miss you a lot buddy. Christmas wasn't the same without you this year. I miss but will never forget your warm voice, your hand on my shoulder and that unmistakable twinkle in your eye when you smile. I'll always remember you and look up to you. Thanks for your love and the memories - they live on in me and so many others too. Love ya buddy, Ed
Posted by Hank Matthews on 13th January 2013
every time i go to my boat or see a sailboat i think about dave and sometimes i think " i better call dave about this" but then i remember i cant do that anymore, and i think about the times we had together,and only dave ,donna and phil know about most of the times as most were not things we could talk about with anyone else.....capt hank
Posted by Donna Crane on 11th December 2012
Hi Honey... Happy Anniversary. 25 years today. How the times flies. We did pretty good, you and I. Many fond memories. Lots of good stories. We didn't live a boring life together, that is for sure. As you would say "I wake up in a new world everyday". Keep the family in your thoughts and know we all miss you. You are our Guardian Angel. Love you and miss you. Happy Anniversary.
Posted by Carly Crane on 30th November 2012
Always thinking of you.. I have a job interview tomorrow.. I know you will be looking out for me.. Your little Stevie has been talking about you a lot... I miss you..
Posted by Donna Crane on 28th September 2012
Dave, I am so glad to see tributes come in regularly for you. You made a very large impact on family and friends and it shows with the continued messages left on this site. This is how we keep you alive in our memories. Love you, Donna
Posted by Hank Matthews on 26th September 2012
still thinking about you , hank and phil
Posted by Carly Crane on 20th September 2012
I think about you every day. I miss you..
Posted by Christie George on 27th August 2012
Dad I really miss you a lot . I just want to tell you today I LOVE YOU .
Posted by Carly Crane on 3rd July 2012
I miss you every day.. The grief can consume me so I try not to think about you.. It hurts going to the house.. It hurts that I never built a stronger relationship... I hope you know how I loved you..
Posted by Donna Crane on 19th June 2012
Hey Babe, First Fathers Day without you. Kind of lonely, but I know the girls were thinking of you. Zach had a moment when he was taken to Home Depot. He recalled you liked tools and brought him donuts! What a combination. Like his grandpa, he likes his donuts. Tools will probably follow. We are thinking of you and missing you. Love you
Posted by Christie George on 17th June 2012
Dear dad , I wish you a happy fathers today . I miss you with all my heart there's not one day that I dont think of you,Your back rubs your laughter your love for animals you were the very best dad. I hope your day is wonderful and i feel you with me today at the beach{yeah}. I love you,
Posted by Laura Hodgdon on 23rd March 2012
Dear Dave; Happy belated birthday! I feel even closer to you in death as I listen to all the wonderful stories about you from Donna. Truly you were the ultimate husband and father. I thank you for that and for bringing me closer to Donna! Love, Laurie
Posted by Grace Collins on 17th March 2012
Happy Belated B-Day Dave & hope you are doing O.K. Donna. Was thinking of you 2 when I recently saw an article titled "Shipwreck claim made". A purported discovery of $3 billion treasure! Made me think of our kitchen table talks of your sailing adventures. Maybe Dave's able to see the treasures. Love, Your Friend Gracie
Posted by Donna Crane on 16th March 2012
Happy Birthday babe. Miss you more than you could ever know. Hope there are warm winds for your sails and plenty of ports to visit. Love your forever, Donna
Posted by Carol Thacker Pullen on 16th March 2012
Just as one crosses over the horizon out of view, you continue on your journey. Happy Birthday. My thoughts and love to my Kids and to Donna, today.
Posted by Coleen Cruz on 24th January 2012
Donna, I pray blessings to you and your family. You are in our prayers, may the love of the Lord comfort, strengthen and heal your hearts during a time of sadness. Blessings Pastor Coleen Cruz
Posted by Germaine Desrosiers on 20th January 2012
Dave, The special event that comes to my memory is the time when Ray`s health was failing from pancreatic cancer, and you and Donna came over for a visit, We sat at the dining room table, just the four of us, for an hour or two and talked. That visit meant so much to us, thank you. Ray mentioned how much he had enjoyed your company. Again, I thank you and Donna for the wonderful memory.
Posted by Patricia Welpman on 20th January 2012
I was introduced to Dave back in 1982. I was living in Honolulu, Hawaii and they came to visit with me for a week. We became the best of friends. I have so many great memories. I have watched this special couple for thirty years and I have always admired their profound love and respect for each other. Dave will hold a special place in my heart forever. Happy sailing! Love, Pattie
Posted by Carol Thacker Pullen on 19th January 2012
There are no accidents. I believe you were a part of my life for a reason. Maybe what we learned together paved the road to be a better partner to our true soul mate. Thank you for three beautiful children and many grand children. Rest easy, knowing that Donna and I will continue to look after them. You will be missed.
Posted by Carly Crane on 19th January 2012
I miss you Dad... I miss you so much.. It still hasn't sunk in that you are gone.. It feels like I could still drive out to the house and shoot the breeze with you while you worked on your crazy projects in the backyard.. I know you loved us so much.. I am glad you got to see and hold Christian, I will make sure the kids know what an amazing father I had.. I will miss you past the moon...
Posted by Alyson Aldea on 19th January 2012
Dave, I will always remember your wonderful sense of humor and that great laugh. I know that you're in a special place. Rest in peace dear cousin. You will be missed. Love you, Alyson

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