Paul (Bandit) Crane

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Jul 15, 2014 - 11:05:01 AM

Paul (Bandit) Crane, 62, of Marlow died of unknown causes on Monday, July 7, 2014, at his home.
A private service is planned for Thursday, July 17, at 1 p.m. at the family ranch, with Chaplain Dave Dungan officiating.
Bandit was born on Aug. 4, 1951, in Lawton to Delbert and Jacqueline Phyllis Pruett. He led an extraordinary life that took him to many places and allowed him to follow many passions in life. Bandit served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. He had a love for all animals, so much so that he ran a licensed wildlife refuge for the state of  Oklahoma that specialized in rehabilitating wounded animals and ensuring they could be released back into the wild. Bandit always had a love for horses, from a small boy growing up in rural Oklahoma to being a successful man who, with his wife, built a horse farm. Those who really knew him were aware there was one more passion that really spoke to his heart, and that was bass fishing. Bandit made it a point to secure a home on Lake Fork, Texas, where he started a guide service to provide enjoyment for many people looking to find a honey hole on Lake Fork.
Bandit was one of the hardest-working, most genuine, and most big-hearted people anyone could get to know. These traits helped him to enjoy a distinguished career in the trucking industry. His career as a truck driver started in the 1970s, and he exerted great influence on two companies—Riley Whittle, Inc., and John Christner Trucking (JCT)—in whose employ he spent more than 30 years. He managed to log more than six million miles while driving for these two companies. During his illustrious career, Bandit received many awards. His major achievement was recognition by the Oklahoma Truck Association (OTA) and his employer JCT. He received the Three Million Mile Safety Award in February 2013. He retired soon afterward.
Bandit’s career choice allowed him to travel all over the county; and in doing so, he made many friends and led a life rich with experiences. While working for Riley Whittle early in his career, Bandit met his future wife, the former Jackie Parsons, who was the daughter of the company’s owner. The two were married in Reno, Nev., in 1992. During their 22 years of marriage, they built a horse farm that would lead them back to Marlow.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie; his stepson, Casey Parsons of Dallas, Texas; three daughters, Beth Kelso, Michelle Buck and Jennifer Bloom; three brothers, John Pruett of Albuquerque, N.M., Jack Darnell of Lawton, and David Pruett of Anthony, Fla.; his most trusted friend and confidant, Bill Fox; a number of nieces and nephews; and numerous additional friends and family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions for medical expenses be made to the Jackie Crane for the Bandit Crane Special Account at the First National Bank in Marlow, P.O. Box 33, Marlow, OK 73055.