Howard Crandell


Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Ninilchik resident Howard Crandell died Saturday, March 26, 2005, of injuries sustained in a four-wheeler accident near Ninilchik. He was 42.

There will be a private viewing for family at 1 p.m. today, March 29, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. A memorial service will be held at the American Legion in Ninilchik at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30.

Mr. Crandell was born in Vallejo, Calif., on March 8, 1963. He attended Benicia High School in Benicia, Calif.

He moved to Alaska in 1988. While he and longtime companion Nancy Webb were traveling around the state eight years ago, they fell in love with the Kenai Peninsula and decided to relocate from Eagle River. Within a few months, they had purchased a home on the north side of the Ninilchik River, where they have continued to live. Mr. Crandell was employed by Nabors Alaska Drilling on the North Slope.

"He enjoyed archery with his family and being with his friends. He loved to hunt, even though when he was on a hunting trip in 1998, he was gored by a moose and had a scar that ran all the way up his arm. We went snowmachining, fished together, camped together, hiked together. There wasn't much we didn't do together. He was so happy and always had a smile," Nancy said.

"Howard enjoyed living life to the fullest. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed snowmachining. Alaska is the perfect place for his interests, so it is fitting that this is his final resting place," his parents said.

Mr. Crandell is survived by his longtime companion, Nancy Webb; parents, Lauren and Mary Ann Crandell of Redding, Calif.; brothers, Walt, Melvin and Earl Crandell, all of Redding; daughter, Bobbi Crandell of Eagle River; nephews, Chris, Kenny, Jacob, Nick and David Crandell, all of Redding; nieces, Heather Curtin and Leslie Crandell, both of Redding; and sisters-in-law, Susan and Margie Crandell, both of Redding.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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