Simply Fred

It is not Frederick, his name is simply… Fred, after his own father.  He is my father-in-law and I love him!  I think the best way to describe him is to say that he is truly a man without guile or deception.  He is a kind and gentle man of God.

Fred, BabyFred Jr. is the first of two sons born to Fred & Alma Crandall.  He was born on 11 May 1928 in Pueblo, Colorado.  He was given the middle name of Lewis after his paternal grandmother who had been widowed at a young age, but who had raised 5 children on her own.  He was given the nickname of Ted or Teddy as a child.

Dad was raised in Wyoming where he learned to love fishing and camping.  His family eventually moved to California where he graduated from Glendale High.  Shown below is a picture of the youth group with whom he enjoyed many firesides and gained a stronger testimony of Jesus Christ!  Here is the letter he wrote on the back, listing the names of those in the picture.  He is second from right in the back.

Fireside Group

Mission Pamphlet1Fred later attended BYU and also served a mission in the Northern States Mission; he was set apart by Elder Harold B. Lee.  After finishing at BYU, he was accepted into the dental school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  It was there that he met and fell in love with “Gwenny.”  What a challenge it was for him when beloved leaders and family members counseled him against marrying her because of her Polynesian background.  In the end, he found he couldn’t live without her.  He had been stationed in Germany several weeks when he sent for her and they were married in the Swiss Temple.

Fred Jr. with Fishing BuddiesCran Fam, ChristmasHere’s a picture of Dad with two fishing buddies.  My husband Dean is on the right.  And another picture of the whole Crandall family at Christmas, likely about 1973-74.  Dean, with glasses, looks a lot like his father did at the same age.

Thanks Dad!  Thanks for loving your wife… your children… and your grandchildren.  You have blessed us with your righteous example and happy, loving ways.  I admire your integrity and valiant service.  I am grateful to be a part of the family!

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