Roy D. Crank Jr., 1946-2017

Roy D. Crank Jr. was born May 13, 1946, in Blythe, Calif., to Roy Sr. and Edythe Crank.

Before passing, Roy blazed a 70-year trail of laughter, generosity, compassion, wisdom and love. Roy (you may have known him as “Dar” or “Pop”) entered eternal life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

His spirit and legacy are carried on by his wife, Tia; three children, Christian, Derek (Sarah), Jason (Amy); five grandchildren, Noah, Nolan, Savannah, Madeline, Scarlett; brother, David (Michelle); and an extended family of relationships and friends from every walk of life.

Roy grew up in Southern California and spent many summers in Fairbanks, Alaska; attended and graduated from Lathrop High (Fairbanks, AK), and graduated from the University of Southern California (Fight On!) with a Master’s in Business Administration.

In 1966 Roy and his childhood friend Gary joined the buddy program and enlisted in the Navy, where he was proud to serve the country he loved.

In his professional life, he was a master craftsman, builder and man’s man. Among career achievements, Roy owned and operated Artic Builders in Fairbanks, AK, while at the same time being the youngest (27 years of age) foreman to work on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, responsible for managing and building Pump Station Eight, as well as many other pipeline projects.

In 1986 Roy moved to Tehachapi, Calif., to begin his own general contracting business, D.C. Custom Construction, where he blessed countless clients, who quickly became friends, with his craftsmanship, kind heart and encouraging soul.

Roy’s grandchildren were his heart and joy. He enjoyed loving on them, reading to them, watching them play sports, dance and just plain spoiling them. Time spent with “Pop” was always special for his grandchildren.

In his lifetime, Roy impacted many lives time and again. Those who’ve taken his lessons to heart will continue to ensure his legacy; “Your word is your bond, work hard, work long, give freely and fully of your love and encouragement of others.” Above all, Roy loved everyone he knew. Roy was given the gift of life; he was a blessed man, who led a blessed life, and for this he was truly grateful.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Robert Cameron and his staff at The V.A. Hospital of Los Angeles, the Pacific Mesothelioma Institute, along with Hoffmann Hospice for the amazing care given and the compassion shown in Roy's final days.

As per his wishes, a celebration of his life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2017, at the Tehachapi Church of The Nazarene, 19016 Highline Road, Tehachapi, CA. We would really like to share some of your best memories of Roy as we celebrate a life well lived.

As expressions of sympathy, the family would appreciate donations to the Pacific Mesothelioma Center - to help advance the effort against mesothelioma. Or to Compassion International, where you can join Roy in helping to make a difference in the lives of impoverished children:

Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit

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