Jac Crain
  • Memorials may be directed to Midwest Opportunities.

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“My condolences to the families of Jac. God Bless the broken hearted and God Bless his soul. ”
1 of 75 | Posted by: Dinnis Holmes - Lowell, AR

“I have thought of you so much since we heard of Jac's untimely death. He was always so much fun to be around and we always enjoyed seeing both of...Read More »
2 of 75 | Posted by: Neva Winter - Norfolk, NE

“Marcy and Blake, So sorry to hear about Jac...Have been thinking of you during these difficult time! Remembering ...the times when you guys would...Read More »
3 of 75 | Posted by: Michelle Hartman - Creston, IA

“Marcy, Blake, and family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were blessed to share time with Jac last summer. The many memories over the...Read More »
4 of 75 | Posted by: Kellie and George Reed - Owasso, OK

“We will always remember his special smile - he always knew you and was willing to visit - special prayers to all his family, especially to his...Read More »
5 of 75 | Posted by: Dean & Lois Moore - Clarinda, IA

“I was shocked to hear of Jac's passing! When we would visit my sister, Lorrie Schulz & family, I got to know you and Jac a little more than just...Read More »
6 of 75 | Posted by: Sandy McConnell - Norfolk, NE

“I remember a young man who had a great smile and was a lovely person who was always willing to help you. May God bless his remaining family with...Read More »
7 of 75 | Posted by: Barbara E. Garrett - Independence, MO

“Marcy, Blake and family- I am so sad to hear of your loss. It was a pleasure getting to know you and Jac and I will always remember his great...Read More »
8 of 75 | Posted by: Lindsey Veitz - Creston, IA

“Crain Family, I am so sorry to hear of Jac's passing. One of my fondest memories of the Jac and his siblings is one night when I was babysitting...Read More »
9 of 75 | Posted by: Carolyn McCalla Detmer - Longwood, FL

“We would like to express out sympathy to Jac's family. Over the years we had worked on a few projects with Jac. we will remember him not only a...Read More »
10 of 75 | Posted by: Gowing Plumbing - Shenandoah, IA

“Marci and all Jac's Family, I just knew Jac as the handsome, smiling guy at yoga class. May God comfort and bring His peace into the hearts of all...Read More »
11 of 75 | Posted by: CARMA MCLAREN - FARRAGUT, IA

“Dear Marilyn, Marci, and family, Jac will be missed here on earth, but heaven rejoices in his presence. We pray you find comfort and strength in...Read More »
12 of 75 | Posted by: Tom and Edie Conrad - Troy, MO

“May God give you comfort and peace in your time of loss. Jac will truly be missed and will leave a lasting legacy on your community and our family....Read More »
13 of 75 | Posted by: Brian Newton - Family

“What a wonderful person and family to work with. My thoughts go out to the family . You will be missed, Jac. ”
14 of 75 | Posted by: Heather Avila - Corning, IA

“Jac you will be greatly missed by both the community and the church. I am so sorry your time on earth was cut short, and my condolances to your...Read More »
15 of 75 | Posted by: Nannette Lisle Peck - Clarinda, IA

“Marcy, I am so very sorry for your loss. For every memory in your heart, this brings a wish for peace and comfort in the days ahead. Julie...Read More »
16 of 75 | Posted by: Julie Davis Kliegl - Milford, IA

“Marci and all...my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God grant you peace... ”
17 of 75 | Posted by: Kelly (Blasi) Lasher - PA

“Oh, Marcy, I was so saddened to hear of Jac's passing. I have such great memories of the three of us. I'm glad that I was tough enough to take the...Read More »
18 of 75 | Posted by: Lori Warner-Brown - Minooka, IL

“Marcy, Marilyn and family - I was so saddened to learn of Jac's passing. I have such fond memories of him from the time we were little ones growing...Read More »
19 of 75 | Posted by: Shari Negley Cowger - Twin Falls, ID

“To Marcie and all of Jac's family. We are so sorry for your lose. Jac contributed so much to our community, a large void has been left. He always...Read More »
20 of 75 | Posted by: Susan & Merlin Hicks - Clarinda, IA

“Dear Marcy, Blake and the rest of Jac's wonderful family: Jac was my 2nd cousin and he treated everyone so kindly. He was always there to pick my...Read More »
21 of 75 | Posted by: Samantha Pohlman

“I am so sorry for your loss!! May God wrap his warm and soothing arms around you during this time of sorrow. Keep the Lord next to you to help you...Read More »
22 of 75 | Posted by: Jackie Davis Landers - Birmingham, AL

“We are so sorry the hear about your loss. We know the days will be very empty for quite some time, but lean on God for strength and courage to get...Read More »
23 of 75 | Posted by: Larry/Marci Fuller - Allison, IA

“So sorry to hear of your families loss. Jac was a great man and will always be remembered. Mom was always talking about what Jac and Marcy were...Read More »
24 of 75 | Posted by: Susan Taylor(Esaias) - NE

“Marcy and family. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Jac was always a good man. I enjoyed talking with him when I saw him on the street. I know he...Read More »
25 of 75 | Posted by: Russell Shum - Clarinda, IA

“To the Crain family: my deepest condolences to the family. All the contractors that I work with, Jac was always pleasent to meet with. He always...Read More »
26 of 75 | Posted by: Steve Krehbiel - DesMoines, IA

“Marcy and family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you today. No words can express how sorry we are for your loss. We know that Jac will live...Read More »
27 of 75 | Posted by: Steinauer Family - Macomb, IL

“Marcy, Blake and Crain Family Jac had a smile that made everyone smile. Such a pleasant man to be around. My heart aches for you and your family...Read More »
28 of 75 | Posted by: Kalli Beemer - Clarinda, IA

“Blake & Marcy, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Jac...He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult...Read More »
29 of 75 | Posted by: Mrs. Simpson Classroom, Creston High School - IA

“Jac had a smile that was contagious! You couldn't help but smile. He was a great person & great businessman and will be missed by all he has ever met...Read More »
30 of 75 | Posted by: Richard & Kim Huckins - Clarinda, KS

“Marcy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Jac will be missed, he had a great smile. He had many stories to tell and told them with a big smile. ”
31 of 75 | Posted by: Sue Smith - Clarinda, IA - friend

“I learned to know Jac while working for the City of Clarinda. He came to call me "The Grass Natzi" as I spoke with him regarding maintenance of a lot...Read More »
32 of 75 | Posted by: Sharyl Newbury - IA

“I share in your sorrow at the loss of Jac, and will remember him fondly, both as a friend and a customer... ”
33 of 75 | Posted by: Don Fiala - Thurman, IA

“Marcy, Blake and Family, Our hearts are heavy and our prayers go out to you as you deal with the untimely loss of your beloved Jac. Jac had a...Read More »
34 of 75 | Posted by: Nancy Davidson Schiela - Coppell, TX

“My heart breaks, knowing we won't see Jac's great big smile anymore. But to the Crain family, always remember that God is holding you in His arms,...Read More »
35 of 75 | Posted by: Denise Brooke Albin - Deniver, CO

“I am so sorry to hear about Jac. I have been thinking about all of you during this time and have been praying for you all. Please let me know if...Read More »
36 of 75 | Posted by: Brenda Gray Baker - New Market, IA

“Marcy, Blake and the Crain Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jac was an amazing man! It was a great pleasure getting to know him. He will be...Read More »
37 of 75 | Posted by: Brenda McIntosh - Creston , IA

“Marilyn, Marcy and Blake....... I have FOND memories of Jac and the WHOLE family when my dad worked with him at Crain Constuction for years..... ...Read More »
38 of 75 | Posted by: Stephanie Carlson Zenti - IA

“Dear Marcy and Family, Don and I are so sad to hear about Jac. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and we pray you will have...Read More »
39 of 75 | Posted by: Don & Ruth Bright - Emporia, KS

“Jac would always tease the girls in our sophmore biology class with Mr. Moore. He would chase them with our lab frogs! He just had a way of making...Read More »
40 of 75 | Posted by: Risa Rater

“Marci, Blake, Marilyn, Cheri and the rest of the Crain family I am so sorry for your loss with Jac's untimely death. Jac made a lot of people...Read More »
41 of 75 | Posted by: Gayle Wagoner Bolton - Tabor, IA

“Ray & family, I am so sorry for you loss. May you find comfort in knowing that he is with our Father in Heaven! Karen Fleetwood (Clarinda Hy Vee) ”
42 of 75 | Posted by: Karen Fleetwood - Bedford, IA

“Marilyn I am so sorry for your loss. Gwen ”
43 of 75 | Posted by: Gwen Howard - Overland Park, KS

“Marcy, Blake, Marilyn, Cheri, and the rest of the Crain family, - Words can not express the sadness we feel with Jac's passing. The world was a...Read More »
44 of 75 | Posted by: Nancy & Tim Mckinnon and family - IA

“Words just cannot express the sorrow we feel for Jac's family. It is our prayer that God will strengthen you during this difficult journey. Jac was...Read More »
45 of 75 | Posted by: Mick and Carolyn Miller - IA

“I remember meeting Jac and entire Crain family when we first moved to Clarinda. Then we were in jr. high together and it was obvious he was a born...Read More »
46 of 75 | Posted by: Sheri Livingston Smith - Phoenix, AZ

“Marilyn, Jay, Cheri, Cindee, Marcy and families, We were deeply saddened by the news of Jac's passing. You are all in our prayers and we hope...Read More »
47 of 75 | Posted by: Elaine and Cal Bradley - CA

“Marci, We are deeply saddened at the news of Jac's passing. May Jesus draw you close to him and cover you in His inexplicable love and mercy. We...Read More »
48 of 75 | Posted by: Jay & Debbie Sunderman and family - IA

“Marci - what can we say. We are so sad. We are praying for you and your family. Steve and Joan Wallace ”
49 of 75 | Posted by: Steve and Joan Wallace - AZ

“Dear Crain family: So sorry to hear of Jac's passing. He was such a great guy. I also enjoyed seeing him when I was in Clarinda. Larry...Read More »
50 of 75 | Posted by: Larry McCalla - Garland, TX

“I had worked at Crain Construction for a short time. I am completely saddened to hear about his death. For the short time that I was around him, he...Read More »
51 of 75 | Posted by: Jesse Auffert

“Marci, Blake and family, Words can't express the sadness we feel for you. Jac was a wonderful friend to many...Read More »
52 of 75 | Posted by: Mike & Christi Anderson - IA

“Marci and family Heartbroken to hear of Jac's untimely death, thoughts and prayers are with you. Jac was an easy going person,who had a great...Read More »
53 of 75 | Posted by: Robert & Tina Davis - Bedford, IA

“Marci, I know that I speak for all the James cousins when I say how sorry we were to hear of Jac's sudden death. May God hold you and the family in...Read More »
54 of 75 | Posted by: Joyce James Tripp - Rapid City, SD

“My prayers are with you, Marci, Blake and the Crain family. Jac was a good man. That is all that needs said. ”
55 of 75 | Posted by: Lesley Goodyk - Knoxville, IA

“Marcy, Marilyn,Cindee, Jay, Cheri, + all your families, I was so sorry to hear about Jac. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers to get...Read More »
56 of 75 | Posted by: Kathy Jordan - Shenandoah, IA

“Marcy, My heart goes out to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need anything at all, I'm here for you. My cell is 678-300-4339...Read More »
57 of 75 | Posted by: Clark Evans - Norcross, GA

“TO THE Crain family We have such fond memories of all of you--Since we were business partners for several years we will miss him-- I will miss his...Read More »
58 of 75 | Posted by: Tom & Judy Gray - Clarinda, IA

“Dear Marcy, Blake, Ray, Martha, Susie, Marilyn & Family: I was so devastated yesterday when I received the news of Jac's untimely death. I am so...Read More »
59 of 75 | Posted by: Gail Bailey - Jefferson, WI

“Marcy, Marilyn, Cindee, Cheri, Jay and all, Needless to say, we know you're all grieving terrible as is the community. I have so many memories of...Read More »
60 of 75 | Posted by: Renee and Mike Williams - IA

“Our heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Hold on to God's strength to help you though this terrible loss. ”
61 of 75 | Posted by: Randy & Pat Davison - Clarinda, IA

“You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God richly bless you as you find peace and comfort in our Saviors Arms. ”
62 of 75 | Posted by: The Wheeler's - Clarinda, IA

“Dear Marcy, Our hearts go out to you and all your loved ones at this difficult time. We were so impressed with Jac when we had the pleasure of...Read More »
63 of 75 | Posted by: Janet Coudurier & Jim Orey - CA

“Marci, Lynn & I are so sorry to hear about Jack. He was always a great guy to do business with. I'm sure he will be missed but know he is in a...Read More »
64 of 75 | Posted by: Phyllis & Lynn Miles

“Dear Marcy, My heart is with you, dear! I have cried off and on all day long ... Jac was such a dear and you are also. I know that Marilyn must be...Read More »
65 of 75 | Posted by: Patsy and Ed Martin - Shenandoah, IA

“Dear Marci, I was so shocked and saddened when I heard about Jac. He was a wonderful guy to know and work with. Know that Diane and I have you in...Read More »
66 of 75 | Posted by: Mike Dakin - Omaha, NE

“Marci, In time, may you find peace and gladness in all your wonderful memories of Jac. Until then, please know that my heart and prayers go out...Read More »
67 of 75 | Posted by: Anne Woolson Quinlan - Savage, MN

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jac was a fine upstanding man who spoke the truth. He also reminded me of his father also a wonderful sense of...Read More »
68 of 75 | Posted by: Charles Keeran - Clarinda, IA

“Marci I am so sorry to hear about Jac. Mom called me yesterday to tell me the knews and we are in such shock. Jac was such a nice guy and I won't...Read More »
69 of 75 | Posted by: Kendi Buesing

“Marcy, Blake and Family, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Ann and I hurt so deeply for you. God bless you all. ”
70 of 75 | Posted by: Steve Hitt - Clarinda, IA

“I'm deeply saddend by the loss of Jac, and have many fond memories of him. My heart goes out to Marcy and all of the Crain & James family members. ...Read More »
71 of 75 | Posted by: Kirk Holmes - Las Cruces, NM

“Marcy, what can I possibly say.......I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you, for Blake, for you and Jac's families......that you can find...Read More »
72 of 75 | Posted by: Patti Griffith - Minden, NE

“The is a better place because Jac was in it. Now Heaven has a brighter star. God is holding you and Blake in the palm of his hand. Lovingly and with...Read More »
73 of 75 | Posted by: Lori Veach - Clarinda, IA

“Dear Marcee, So very sorry that you have to deal with such a very, very tough loss. We will hold you up to the Father, and pray that His Son and...Read More »
74 of 75 | Posted by: Jon and Jane Stimson - Clarinda, IA

“I had an opportunity to work with Jac on 4 or 5 different projects and thru work we developed a friendship. Things were not always easy as the...Read More »
75 of 75 | Posted by: Tom McLaren - Atlantic, IA


Funeral services for Jac Crain, age 53, of Clarinda, Iowa, who died suddenly Sunday, February 19, 2012 as the result of a plane crash in rural Clarinda, Iowa, will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Hillside Missionary Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation with the family will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Hillside Missionary Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Midwest Opportunities. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Jac Alan Crain was born September 2, 1958, at Clarinda, Iowa, to James G. Crain and Marilyn (Fulk) Crain. Jac grew up in the Clarinda area and attended Clarinda schools graduating from Clarinda High School in 1977. During high school, Jac was an active Cardinal student and athlete. He continued his education graduating from the Iowa Western Community College Mechanical Technology program and from Buena Vista College with a Bachelor of Science degree. Jac was united in marriage November 29, 1980 at Clarinda, Iowa to Marcy James. Jac and Marcy adopted their son, Blake from Lima, Peru in 1989.

Jac started his working career with Honeywell Corporation in Freeport, Illinois and with Rockford systems in Rockford, Illinois. He returned to Clarinda and worked with his father in the construction business and became owner and operator of the Crain Construction Company and Page Plumbing.

Jac was active in the community and was a member of the Clarinda Economic Development Committee, the Clarinda Country Club and the United Methodist Church Building Committee. He was also a member of the Wind Riders Experimental aircraft Club Chapter 1355. Jac had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed life to the fullest. He enjoyed numerous activities including boating, bowling, flying, skydiving, scuba diving, NASCAR, sail boating, golfing, their lake house, traveling, designing his own home, yoga classes and he especially enjoyed being with friends and family.

Preceding Jac in death were his father, James G. Crain; sister, Candee Crain and nephew, Cole Stanton.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Marcy Crain of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Blake Crain of Creston, Iowa; mother, Marilyn Crain of Clarinda, Iowa; brother, Jay Dee Crain and wife Denise of Orange, California; sisters, Cindee Crain of San Diego, California and Cheri Crain of Clarinda, Iowa; parents-in-law, Ray and Martha James of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law, Suzi Stanton and husband Jerry of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Abby and Josey Stanton and Chelsee and Chad Crain; aunts; uncles; cousins and many friends.

Jac had a great smile and zest for life and will be missed
by all but his memory will always live on in their hearts.
May God grant comfort, strength and peace to those who mourn his passing.