McAllen Loses Dedicated Public Servant

The City of McAllen lost one of its own on Sunday when City Commissioner Scott Crane died of a heart attack, soon after competing in the McAllen Marathon.

Crane, an avid runner aged 50, complained of feeling unwell and did not complete the race. He went home and later collapsed. He was rushed to hospital at 11 a.m. and was pronounced dead at 12:55 p.m.

Crane’s death shocked McAllen city leaders and marathon organizers because he was thought to be in great health.

Crane was a studious and popular city commissioner who represented District 1 since 2005. His brother Randy is a federal judge and his sister Debbie is a trustee of the McAllen school board. He is survived by his wife Sasha and school-aged children daughter Taylor and son Diego.

State Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and McAllen Mayor Jim Darling led the tributes.

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden death of Scott Crane, one of our McAllen City Commissioners. Life is so precious that we cannot take even a single day for granted. My deepest sympathies go out to Scott’s family and his loved ones. May you gain God’s strength during this tragic time,” Hinojosa posted, on his Facebook page.

“Our family is truly in shock over the sudden and tragic loss of Commissioner Scott Crane,” Darling said, in a City of McAllen news release. “Scott’s enthusiasm for bettering our city, especially our children, his leadership and caring for our citizens will be greatly missed. We extend our deepest sympathy to Scott’s family and I ask that everyone remember Scott’s loved ones in their prayers.”

“I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Commissioner Scott Crane. He was a good man and a great leader for the City of McAllen. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sasha, children and family. I express my condolences to his family,” said Mission Mayor Norberto ‘Beto’ Salinas.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of McAllen’s best. We will miss Commissioner Crane; our condolences to his family,” the McAllen Chamber of Commerce posted on Twitter.

State Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, said: “My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the entire Crane family. Scott was a pillar in the community.”

State Rep. R.D. ‘Bobby’ Guerra, D-McAllen, said: “Commissioner Scott Crane was a remarkable person, leader and advocate in our community. He always inspired the residents of McAllen and will always be remembered for the passion he had for his beloved community. In this time of mourning, our thoughts are with the family of Scott Crane. We wish the family strength during this difficult time. He will be sorely missed. God bless his beautiful family.”

Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal wrote: “Good Public Servants work tirelessly to better their community. McAllen City Commissioner Scott Crane was indeed this type of leader.”

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Commissioner Scott Crane. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sasha, children and family,” said Casandra Garcia, Rio Grande Valley district director for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

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