ODESSA, Texas — Billy Don Crane, 80, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the Hospice House in Odessa.
Billy was born April 6, 1932, in Lamesa, Texas, to R.C. Crane and Madgie Larkins Crane. He graduated from Roswell High School in New Mexico in 1949. He was active in track and football. He met his lifelong sweetheart Jeanne Albert at Roswell High and they married Dec. 31, 1951.
Billy attended the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque to study meteorology. He served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He assisted with the weather data collection from nuclear testing in Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, in 1954, and near Mercury, Nev., in 1955. Billy retired from the National Weather Service after 33 years in 1987.
Billy enjoyed swimming and surfing in his younger years. He liked to watch boxing, and informative and musical television programs. He was a member of a barbershop singing group and loved music. He also traveled in his numerous RVs with his loving wife Jeanne all over the country.
Billy was preceded in death by his wife Jeanne Crane; son Robert Crane; mother Madgie Crane; father R.C. Crane; and nephew Freddie Temme.
Billy is survived by his daughter Karen and spouse Leland McCain; sister Wyvonne Temme; niece Sharon and spouse Ken Deter; and granddaughters, Marissa and spouse Josh King, and Michelle and spouse Steven Strahan.
Memorial donations can be made to the hospice of your choice.
The family gives special thanks to Home Hospice and Nurses Unlimited of Odessa, for the excellent care and compassion they gave to Billy and his family.
Visitation with the family will be 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Sunset Funeral Home. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, May 25, 2012, at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Home Hospice Chaplain Scott Owens officiating. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., MST Saturday, May 26, 2012, at South Park Cemetery in Roswell.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home. To sign the guestbook, go to our website at sunsetodessa.com.