Allen Cranford passed away Feb. 9, 2013, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital due to complications from an undiagnosed illness.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at The Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, off Whispering Pines.
Allen was born July 13, 1938, to Walter L. and Fern C. Cranford. A lifelong Nevada County resident, Allen was raised in Chicago Park and attended elementary school there.
He was a member of the first graduating class at Nevada Union High School in 1956 and ran track during his high school years. After high school, he traveled throughout Western Europe with several of his friends, staying under whatever roof the locals would give him.
Allen also served as a corporal in the Marine Corps, being honorably discharged in 1968.
After his marriage to Carol Ann Kennedy in 1967, he worked delivering propane in the Colfax area and then became an agent for California Farm Bureau Insurance. He later became an agent for Blue Cross of California and also worked in circulation for the Sacramento Bee.
Most recently, he worked for Robinson Enterprises at its East Main Street gas station and mini mart. There he enjoyed working with his fellow employees and meeting and helping customers.
Allen enjoyed old movies, history, politics and cooking. He was a charter member of the Gold Country Lions, where he held many offices, including president. He was awarded a life membership in Lions International by Gold Country Lions for his many activities and devotion to Lion causes.
Fellow members remember Allen for his dry sense of humor. They looked forward to attending weekly meetings, where he would intentionally tell the worst jokes he could remember. His contributions to Lion’s activities and service to his community will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his brother, Gerald Dale Cranford, of Salem, Ore.; niece Donna Stubblefield of Salem; sisters Nora Cranford of Umatilla, Ore., and Charlotte Langeberg of Sebastopol, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; parents Walter and Fern Cranford; sister Paula Cranford; and brother Don Cranford.