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Obituary: CRAIN, FRANK

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 30 2014 9:07 a.m. MDT

Frank Harrington Crain 1921 ~ 2011

Born January 21, 1921 in Victoria, Texas to Francis Harrington and Corinne Staerker Crain; deceased June 9, 2011. He attended Schreiner Institute and the University of Texas Austin, from where he received a law degree in 1948.He enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army in January 1942 following Pearl Harbor and served in the China Burma India theatre. He received his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army infantry in Sept. 1943 and served in Italy with the 10th Mountain Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Good Conduct Medal. Following military service he completed his legal education and returned to Victoria to practice law. He served in the State Legislature from 1953-1955, and was elected Victoria County Judge in 1955. In July 1959 he was appointed Judge of the Texas 135th District Court by Gov. Price Daniel and served until until his resignation in August 1988. He subsequently joined the law firm (of counsel) of Cole McManus Cole Easley & Bell. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He served as a vestryman of Trinity Episcopal Church, and was a founding member and vestryman of St. Francis Episcopal Church, where he served a term as senior warden. He was a member of the Victoria Rotary Club and a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship award. He received the South Texas Council of Boy Scouts of America's Distinguished Citizen of the Year award in 2004. He served as president of the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was founding president of the Gulf Bend Foundation and served as a board member for the following organizations: CASA, Victoria Community Theater, Victoria Youth Home, Foster Parents, Victoria Symphony, and the Victoria College Foundation. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Olive Bell Crain, and his daughters Dr. Pamela Crain (Salt Lake City, UT); Olive (Bebe) Crain (San Antonio, TX); and Julie Heinitsh and her husband John (Brevard, NC); and their sons John, Jr. and Henry. He is predeceased by his parents and his daughter Katherine. Following a private graveside service with military honors, a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. The Reverend Faith E. Bledsoe, rector of Saint Francis Episcopal Church, and the Rt. Reverend David M. Reed, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas will be the celebrants. Should family and friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Episcopal Church, Special Olympics, or the charity of their choice. Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.