Jimmie Franklin “Frank” Crisp, age 84, of Galt, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, July 31, 2021 from complications of pneumonia. He is now happily home with his maker, Jesus Christ.
Frank was born November 8, 1936 in Coleman, Oklahoma to Jesse and Pansy Crisp. His family migrated to Firebaugh, California when he was a very young boy where he attended school through the 8th grade and some high school where he learned to weld. As a young boy he had to work to help feed the family. The family was poor and lived in the labor camp. He learned to drive at 8 years old in a field. He worked with his dad in the fields and picked cotton. He even learned to drive a big rig to help haul watermelons at age 13. At age 17 he went into the Army serving 1 year (1953-1954). He was stationed at Fort Org, Kentucky and at Salinas, California. The war ended and they released him after receiving multiple letters from his dad requesting his release home to help work for the family. He never had to go to battle.
While living in Firebaugh he ran a gas station, coordinated and ran a dance hall and at age 19 he opened his own muffler shop where he worked until he moved to North Highlands, Sacramento in 1960.
He married Carolyn June Crain, the love of his life for 50 years. They lived in North Highlands where Frank worked for Linneman Brothers Trucking as a master mechanic and drove truck.
He and his friend started their own trucking company in Sacramento, Crisp-Till Trucking. He sold his half in 1967. Then he moved his family, wife and 3 children, to Galt in 1968 to a 40-acre ranch on Spring Street. He lived there for 53 years until his passing.
Frank also got his pilots license in 1967 flying a personal plane for a friend. Years later he purchased his own airplane and was able to teach his grandson how to fly. He worked as a mechanic, welder building hot walker machines and raised and raced thoroughbred horses. He was an animal lover having multiple animals over the years.
He loved his family more than anything. He built all three children a home on an acre of property that he gave each of them attached to his property. He also moved his parents and his in laws to a piece of the 40-acres where they lived until their passing. He was an entrepreneur and self-employed business owner most of his life so he built Van Parker Lane and sold off the lots beginning in 1986.
The 40-acre farm became an 8-acre farm he lived on the past 30 years. He retired 10 years ago but loved piddling around on the ranch. There was always something to do. He enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren all of the skills he learned; welding, designing and building buildings, pipe fence building, car mechanics and repairs, flying an airplane, financial wisdom, buying, selling, trading, to work hard at whatever you did and to always help others. He always did and taught us to do the right thing and to do something right the first time as to avoid having to do it over.
He was a generous man always helping and giving whenever he got the chance - he picked up strangers on the side of the road to bring home and help get back on their feet, collected flowers to take to the nearby convalescent homes, gave vehicles away to help someone, supported the local Seventh-day Adventist School, helped repair the church, lent money, gave Bibles away, told people about Jesus and was always there to lend a helping hand for anyone anytime. He left a legacy.
Even though it was hard to leave his work, once a year Frank enjoyed caravanning to Mexico in a motorhome with his wife and multiple friends where they would stay for 4-6 weeks. He attended Galt Seventh-day Adventist Church where he developed a church family of friends whom he loved dearly. He was also a deacon for a time. You would find Frank reading his Bible and devotional every morning before he would start his day. He was one of a kind.
He was a dedicated father, grandfather and great grandfather, friend and Christ Follower. He loved the Lord with all of his heart. He was his best Friend.
He is survived by his children, Garry Crisp (Becky) of Minnesota, Tami Jackson (Jon), and Crystal Furey (Tom) of Galt, brother, Alton Crisp, of Oregon, grandchildren, Jenna Caldwell (Jade) of Minnesota, Paul Wood (Ashley), Holli Wood, Kayla Crisp, and Jimmy Crisp (Kasey) of Galt and 6 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Crisp, mother, Pansy Crisp, father, Jesse Crisp.
A funeral service will be held at Galt Seventh-day Adventist Church, 619 Myrtle Street, Galt, on August 13th at 10am. Masks will be required for service attendance. Committal will immediately follow at the Galt-Arno Cemetery, 14180 Joy Drive, Galt.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made Galt Seventh-day Adventist School.