He was born July 26, 1926, in Fort Scott, the son of John Tallman and Anna Josephine (Dudley) Crain. He married Mary J. (Connie) Connet April 11, 1953, in Pittsburg, Kan. She survives of the home.
Don graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1943. After discharge from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1946, he attended the University of Kansas, graduating in 1949. He worked on both the East and West coasts before returning to Fort Scott in 1951 to join the Crain family real estate and insurance business. After retirement, he continued to work on a part-time basis until his death.
In addition to his wife Connie, Don is survived by his children, Karen C. Crain of Tulsa, Okla., and John C. Crain of Fort Scott; a brother, Robert T. Crain of Fort Scott; and a granddaughter, Courtney Meghan Crain.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John D. Crain.
Following cremation, the Rev. Robert Crain, assisted by the Rev. Jared Witt, will conduct memorial services for Don at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church, where he was a lifelong member.
Private committal services will be held later in the day at the Fort Scott National Cemetery with Military Honors conducted at the cemetery by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Detail.
Family and friends will meet at the residence, 1110 Burke, for a reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Services are under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the college fund for Courtney Meghan Crain established by Don on the birth of his granddaughter. Contributions may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
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