Harvey Crane, Jr. was born in Hallandale, FL, August 17, 1931. He discovered hot rods at age 13, and opened Crane Engineering on January 1, 1953, in a rented corner of his dad’s shop. After initially struggling, the business came alive in the early ’60s. Crane’s passing came peacefully, with his daughter Susan Farris, at his bedside in Gainesville, FL.
According to Crane advertising and marketing veteran Jim Hill, Crane early on recognized the need to have an organization that represented the industry, and he was one of SEMA’s first members and exhibitors at the first SEMA Show. He was later recognized by SEMA and inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the East Coast Drag Racing Hall of Fame, in Henderson, NC among many such honors during his 60+ year career in the industry.
Harvey James Crane, Jr., is survived by four children: David Crane; Mona Crane; Steven Crane and Susan Farris, and his beloved companion dog Stormy. He was preceded by his first wife, Mildred and by his second wife, Maxine Solis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, 4850 SW 52nd St. Davie, FL 33314. Arrangements are under the careful supervision of Lohman Funeral Home Daytona. Condolences are welcome and may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com.
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