Aurora Man Dies in Fatal Crash on Highway 219 in Marion County

An Aurora man was killed Friday in a two-vehicle crash in north Marion County, in a rural area west of Woodburn and southeast of St. Paul.

According to Oregon State Police, Harold Crane, 79, was driving a Ford Ranger north on Highway 219 at French Prairie Road Northeast when he failed to stop at a stop sign at 4:28 p.m.

Crane’s truck collided head-on with a Mack truck going southbound.

Crane was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was uninjured, according to police.

The road was closed for about four hours while investigators and responders cleared the scene.

According to his online obituary, Crane was a devout Christian, a dog owner and a passionate musician.

“He enjoyed NASCAR racing, hunting, traveling, games (kind of competitive!) and working with his hands,” family members wrote. “He was known for his hugs, and really enjoyed making funnies, coffee and of course sweets. He loved lending a helping hand whenever he could.”

Crane leaves behind a wife, five children, 12 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and two siblings. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 27,, at Northwest Christian Church in Newberg.

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