Donald Crane, 78, of 2843 Hitchcock Mill Run, Marietta, Ga., died unexpectedly Oct. 24 in the presence of his family. He was the husband of Patricia Lenti-Crane.

Mr. Crane was born April 13, 1934, in Waterbury, son of the late Alfred and Gertrude (Crane) Crane. He graduated from Kent School and attended Boston College.

He is the former owner of the family business, Crane Equipment and Supply, which he ran for many years. After selling his company, he continued with a career as a salesman for several companies over the next three decades.

He and his wife, Patricia, moved to Seattle in 1989 and then to Boca Raton, Fla., for several years before settling in Georgia in 1999. He retired in 1997.

Mr. Crane was an avid golfer and a member of the Waterbury Country Club, where he was club champion and member of Indian Hill Country Club in Georgia. He was a lifetime member and former Exalted Ruler of the PBO Elks Club No. 265 in Waterbury.

He coached diving at the Waterbury YMCA and his dive team produced several state and regional champions. His hobby and passion was cooking gourmet meals for family and friends.

In addition to his wife of 30 years, Mr. Crane is survived by five sons, Jeffrey Crane, and his wife, Diane, of Colorado; Timothy Crane, and his wife, Vicki, of California; Kevin Crane, and his wife, Rose, of Georgia; Donald Crane Jr., of South Carolina; and Michael Crane, and his wife, Rebecca, of Vermont; three daughters, Jeanne Blanchard, of Florida; Patricia "Tricia" Yasmer, of Waterbury; Margaret "Peggy" Calvani, and her husband, Chris, of Massachusetts; 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Chase Parkway Memorial/the Albini Family Funeral Home in Waterbury was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kent School, Don Crane, Class of 1953, PO Box 2006, Kent CT 06757.