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1943 James 2022

James Bernard Crain

April 6, 1943 — April 16, 2022

James ("Jim") Bernard Crain III of Fairview, Texas, age 79, passed away April 18, 2022. Memorial Services will be held Sunday, May 15th at 2:00 – 5:00PM at Friendship Baptist Church in Fairview, Texas.

Jim loved most his family, community and country. He deeply cherished his wife of 50 years, always beholding her with a sweet smile and a kiss on the hand! He was proud of his children and their families; adoring his five grandchildren. He was far from a perfect man, but his sentimental heart was huge, humble and full of love and generosity.

His patriotism was especially demonstrated by making purposeful efforts giving honor to, and holding friendships with, local veterans. A recent discovery of the poem, "Epitaph" by Merrit Malloy was found discreetly folded inside an unmarked envelope deliberately placed in his shop. We decided to share because once read, it is our belief that you will gain a deeper sense of who is was on the inside. Some of his hobbies in life involved bowling, camping and fiddling with his evolving stereo system. Having been gifted with mechanical prowess, Jim's careers crossed over various domains. He was one of the original information technology software developers using punch cards and the UNIVAC system for the State of Colorado. He eventually worked as a hardware technician for Ramtek corporation which was credited with being one of the founding participants in cinema's first computer animation technology and other early video game development in the '70's and '80's. Fast forward, Jim worked at Quest Medical located in Allen, Texas in the Research & Development and Quality Control departments for many, many years. In concert with his time there, his most noteworthy side-business, Jim's Small Engine Repair, flourished. For over 40 years he served the Collin County community repairing and servicing lawn equipment and other small engines for which he is most remembered and appreciated.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Bernard Crain II (Retired Colonel, Air Force, WWII) and Patricia King-Sells. He is survived by his wife, Mary Doris Crain, his two sons and one daughter, Christopher Robert Crain (Leslie) of Ohio, Timothy Scott Crain (Ericca) of Celina, and Tracy (Crain) Ramsey (Tom) of Valley View, his grandchildren Brandt Crain, Landon Crain, Charlotte Crain, Seth Ramsey and Caleb Ramsey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Disabled American Veterans
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