Maurice Crain - Phoenix

June 12, 1932 - April 29, 2019

Maurice Crain passed away quietly in Phoenix, AZ with the presence of his 3 kids; Mike, Myrna and Mark.  

He was born in Arlington, SD to Robert Lee and Gladys Crain, the thirrd oldest of seven brothers.  After graduating from Arlington, he went into the Army and was stationed in Japan for 3 years.  

After returning home, he became a Truck Driver.  Maurice met Marjo Fletcher of Reliance at the Rainbow Café in Chamberlin in 1955 and they Married on June 9th, 1957 in Reliance.  They made their home in Arlington and had Mike, Myrna and Mark while driving Truck for Hugh Bennett of Arlington.  In the summer of 1962 Maurice moved the family to Brookings and Crain Trucking was conceived; Hauling livestock and grain.  

Many might remember his trucks parked next to the White Spot café for many years, before moving them out South of Brookings.  In 1986 Maurice liquated Crain Trucking and went back to driving Truck for others; mainly K & J Trucking out of Sioux Falls.  He continued to drive truck part time until age 83.  After Marjo retired from 3M in 1997, Maurice and Marjo would winter in Arizona amongst friends and travel the country in their motorhome.  Maurice really enjoyed being around people and had a gift of gab.  He also enjoyed playing pool, cards, cribbage and going to coffee several times per day.

 Maurice is survived by his 3 kids; Michael (Tami) Crain of Scottsdale, AZ; Myrna Crain Brown of Brookings; and Mark Crain (Tracey) of Gilbert, AZ;  4 grandchildren,  Cody Brown of Minneapolis, MN; Emma Brown of Brookings; Tyler Crain of Tucson, AZ and Trevor Crain of Scottsdale, AZ:   four brothers, Bill Crain of Knoxville, TN; Bud Crain of Wichita, KN; Jack Crain of Sacramento, CA; and Dick Crain of Lake Havasu, AZ.

 Maurice is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Gladys; wife Marjo; brothers Bob Crain and Don Crain. 

 Maurice truly loved family and friends and has touched many lives. 

 Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Rude’s Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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