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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Rest in peace: Deacon Jack Crandall

Story and photo by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the June 19, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Deacon John A. “Jack” Crandall, ordained for the Spokane Diocese on Aug. 30, 1980, died May 12 in Spokane. He was 81 years old.

The vigil was May 20 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day, also at the cathedral. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

He was born in Burley, Idaho. He married his wife, Virginia in 1957. She preceded him in death in 2006.

He worked as a pharmaceutical salesman for many years. After a conversion experience in 1974 he began his long association with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

After completing deacon formation he was ordained for the Spokane Diocese. His assignments included St. Peter Parish, Spokane, and St. Paschal Parish, Spokane Valley.

He retired to care for his wife in her final illness, but then returned to ministry and was very active at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Suncrest.

Jesuit Father Tim Clancy is the pastor at Suncrest and worked with Deacon Crandall for about 10 years there.

“I suspect he has done more baptisms, weddings, funerals, vigils, charismatic healing services, (and) Life in the Spirit Seminars … than anyone,” said Father Clancy. “(H)e was a godsend – preaching, but even more, visiting the sick, doing pastoral counselling and baptisms, funerals…. He was filled with the Spirit and preached the word with passion and conviction. He was well loved and will be sorely missed.”

In his homily at Deacon Crandall’s funeral, Father Clancy called the characterized Deacon Crandall as “was possessed by the Spirit…. And only God knows how many sick people he visited and anointed – probably most of us here, at one time or another. Or how many he buried, or baptized, or married. He was the go-to man for those away from the church with no one to go to.”

Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of the Spokane Diocese, said that Deacon Crandall “was a devoted disciple of the Lord and deacon for the Diocese of Spokane. His affable spirit, prayerful spirituality, good humor, as well as being a good husband, father, and servant in the Church, added up to a combination of qualities that endeared him to all who knew him and those whom he served. In addition, as his health condition worsened, he demonstrated deep faith and trust in Divine Providence. Now, as he enjoys the fullness of the kingdom of God, we rejoice and thank God for his gift of life so readily lived in love and faith. May he rest in peace.”

Deacon Crandall is survived by his children: Kevin Crandall, Kathleen (Tim) Michels, Michael Crandall, Terri Crandall, Patty (Don) Beloved, Sheila (Mark) Machtolf, Paco (Michelle) Crandall, and Sarah Crandall; his brothers, Francis and Kenneth Crandall; and his grandchildren, Andrew and Maria Dow, Phillip Crandall, Annie and Rebecca Rimpler, Hanna and Tessa Beloved, David, Steven, and Jack Machtolf, Devan and Sydney Silva, and Elizabeth and Isabella Crandall.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Parish, P.O. Box 47, Nine Mile Falls, WA 99056.


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