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Don Cranfill
« on: December 25, 2020, 08:05:44 AM »
This hurts to post.  Don is and always will be a great an example of friend, competitor, father, husband and grandfather.  For those not on Facebook, Sheila has posted some remarkable statements of faith all while recovering from Covid herself.  Keep her and all of Don's family in your prayers, please. 


This from Facebook written by Danielís wife (Don's Daughter-in-law) on Christmas eve.


Our family would like to share with everyone that Donald went to be with God today and to celebrate the eve of our Saviors birth with his brother. He waited until Sheila could be home with us and is surrounded by family. Donald knew Jesus as his savior and we have no doubt he is in Heaven today. Iím so grateful God allowed him to wait until Sheila came home.

My father-in-law is a rare gem yíall. He has been an amazing Dad to me over the past 21 years. I am blessed to have known him and honored to be a Cranfill. I will honor him by raising our kids the way he raised his wonderful sons. We covet your prayers and ask that you allow us time to process things the next few days. We will be celebrating Christmas to honor Donaldís wishes for us to be together as a family. ❤️


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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2020, 08:14:52 AM »
This hurts to post.  Don is and always will be a great an example of friend, competitor, father, husband and grandfather.  For those not on Facebook, Sheila has posted some remarkable statements of faith all while recovering from Covid herself.  Keep her and all of Don's family in your prayers, please. 


This from Facebook written by Danielís wife (Don's Daughter-in-law) on Christmas eve.


Our family would like to share with everyone that Donald went to be with God today and to celebrate the eve of our Saviors birth with his brother. He waited until Sheila could be home with us and is surrounded by family. Donald knew Jesus as his savior and we have no doubt he is in Heaven today. Iím so grateful God allowed him to wait until Sheila came home.

My father-in-law is a rare gem yíall. He has been an amazing Dad to me over the past 21 years. I am blessed to have known him and honored to be a Cranfill. I will honor him by raising our kids the way he raised his wonderful sons. We covet your prayers and ask that you allow us time to process things the next few days. We will be celebrating Christmas to honor Donaldís wishes for us to be together as a family.
It really cuts deep...... Ill really miss him.

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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2020, 08:49:39 AM »
Praying for the family, Don was a true gentleman and a good friend of mine.
Rest in Godís hands.
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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2020, 12:08:36 PM »
This is sad to hear, especially this time of year.  But as stated the LORD has welcomed him home.   :(
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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2020, 03:40:46 PM »
Gone way too soon. Loved the whimsical names he gave some of his planes. Rest in peace.

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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2020, 04:29:58 PM »
Thank You Elwyn for the picture.  I read this this morning and was too shocked to speak.  I got to know these fine people much better this year with Sheila being the head tabulator for me at the Nats and partnering up with Don to fly in Dallas.  This was MUCH too soon to lose Don.  He will be missed by me and I know anyone who got to know him in this sport.

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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2020, 04:30:36 PM »
I hate to hear this news.  Don was a great guy to get to know and I feel Ben and I were blessed to get the chance to know him.  Praying for Shelia and the rest of the family, there is a blessing knowing where he is spending eternity.

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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2020, 07:44:06 AM »
This is very sad news indeed. I'd only known Don for a few years, but found him to be a warm, friendly, engaging, and very talented individual. In watching him fly at the 2020 Nats I was amazed at how far he had come in such a short time in Stunt. Our fraternity is losing a lot of good people. The Stunt circles in heaven are experiencing long wait times between flights...

God Speed, Don. Rest now in God's Good Peace - Bob Hunt 

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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2020, 12:01:10 AM »
Like the other folks here I am truly saddened by the news about Don.

He was a true gentleman and a great competitor in control line Combat, Racing, and Stunt!

He will be missed on the CL circles.

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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2020, 08:42:25 AM »
I am so sad to hear this. My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Don as a fierce competitor and friend.
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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2020, 02:51:57 PM »
I knew Don as a club member and as a competitor.    I will miss him greatly, he made contests fun and watching him go from a fairly good advanced flier to a top 20 shoe in in such a short time is a tribute to his skills.  The world needs more Don Cranfills, not less.

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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2021, 06:17:10 AM »
 Total shock the news about Don!! His wife and family are in our prayers!! The Model Aviators of South Arkansas (El Dorado) Club will miss Don greatly always made the effort to make our Control Line contest for many years! Don even took home the Dist 8 Profile Stunt Trophy at our November contest this year!!  His memory will live on forever with our guys!!  Here are some pictures of Don...

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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2021, 09:22:38 PM »
Wow, this is terrible news.  I was just flying against/with him a few weeks ago in Tulsa :(

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Re: Don Cranfill
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2021, 01:55:55 PM »
I Can't believe that Don is gone from us! But I do know he is now with Christ , the very one he and Shelia were so deeply committed to. Don was a true competitor, but also a great sport. He was a fun character and many times was heard to say,"what ever," as a humorous retort to something said. Kathleen and I will miss him so much and the stunt community as well! Please keep Shelia in your prayers, she is recovering from covid at home and being watched over by her devoted family. She had a very close call herself and is still dealing with the after effects. Shelia is strong in faith and trust in the Lord, but also covets everyone's prayers so much.
       Doug 


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