Mahlon Dale Crown, age 91, a resident of Fort Scott, died Monday, May 21, 2007, at his home. He was born January 24, 1916, in Chehalis, Washington, the son of Samuel Elmer Crown and Leanora Ward Crown. He graduated from High School in Centralia, Washington, then Fort Scott Community College, and the Northwestern University School of Management. He married Eunice Livingston in 1936. She preceded him in death. He married Wilma McBride in 1946. She preceded him in death. He married Rose Ann Jones in 1977. He was a retired Vice President and member of the Board of the Western Insurance Company and during his career conducted seminars and lectures before business organizations throughout the Midwestern, Southern, and Western states. He served as past president of the Fort Scott Board of Education, the Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees, and the Fort Scott Historical Society. He was a member of the Bourbon County School Planning Board which resulted in two school districts in the county. He was chairman of the Kansas Assigned Risk Committee. He was a member of the Kansas State Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri State Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club. He was one of three to testify before the Congressional Committee considering the bill to restore the Old Fort. He served as pastor of the RLDS church for 35 years and served as an associate Pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ, Fort Scott Restoration Branch. Dale is survived by his wife, Rose Ann Crown, of the home; three sons, Richard Crown and wife Marilyn, Wichita, Steven Crown, Joplin, Mo., and Darrell Crown and wife Cynthia, Marysville, Wash.; daughter Carolyn Sue Hight and husband Danny, Oak Grove, Mo.; step-sons Gregg Jones, Girard, Steve Jones, Loveland, Colo., and Todd Jones, Walnut; step-daughter, Paula Clark, Loveland, Colo.; 22 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and his first two wives, he was preceded in death by three sons, David, Dana, and Gary Crown; three brothers, Mark, Esmond, and infant, Paul Elmer Crown; and three sisters, Donna, Gertrude, and infant, Alberta. Funeral services for Mahlon Dale Crown will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 26, 2007, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Elder Danny Hight will officiate.
There will be private family burial at Evergreen Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends for visitation from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at the Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Condolences may be emailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.