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Dan Craven

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Dan Erwin Craven, age 80, passed away at his home in Crockett, Sunday, March 10, 2019. Dan was born January 30, 1939 in Crockett to parents, Elmer Craven and Elma Dominy Craven. He graduated from Pennington High School in 1957, and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science Degree from Sam Houston State University with a major in physics and minor in math. In August of 1970, he received his Master of Education degree. Dan spent 41 years in education, both teaching and coaching, where he touched the lives of so many. He was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, served the Houston County Youth Livestock Show for 10 years and was a member of the Crockett Elks Lodge for 20 years.

Dan is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy Craven of Crockett; son, Dan Lee Craven and wife, Michelle of Crockett; daughter, Penny Lynn Henderson and husband, Jerry of Keller; grandchildren, Camryn Craven, Sydnee Craven, Thomas Henderson, Shelby Henderson; sister, Elizabeth Stamps and husband, David; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Elma Craven; and sister, Gwen Craven Welch.

Funeral services for Dan Erwin Craven will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Reggie Gregory officiating.  Interment to follow in the Pennington Cemetery.  Family will receive friends for visitation Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.

In lieu of the flowers, memorials may be made to Pennington Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 216, Pennington, TX 75856.

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  1. Heaven gained a wonderful man teacher friend Rest In Peace mr Dan you will be missed

  2. I am so sorry to hear about this and you are all in my thoughts and prayers! Tommie Spinks Corbin

  3. So sorry to hear this. Mr Craven was my favorite teacher in High School. He will be missed!

  4. Rest in Peace, Dan, we will miss you. We are sending our prayers to Nancy and the Family.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all May he rest in peace.

  6. I had the pleasure of teaching with Mr. Craven at Crockett High School in the early 2000s. After I tried to break up a pretty vicious girl fight, Mr. Craven took this still green teacher aside and told me that was not my job to put my safety at risk and that they were paying the principals the big bucks to break up fights. He said he just didn’t want to see me get hurt. He was just a cool guy and didn’t let anything faze him. He would do anything to help anyone and once, when he found out I ran over a stump with my brand new push lawn mower, he insisted I bring it to his house so could fix it for me. Mr. Craven made a huge impact on students and fellow teachers, alike. His family is in my thoughts at this time.

  7. Cousin Dan is etched in my memory as “cool” personified! Long, lean and tall with that particial smile he had, he gave me my first ride on a motorcycle which I’ll never forget. Thank you and bless you Dan and your family.

  8. Thoughts and prayers for Nancy and family.

  9. So sorry to hear this. He was an awesome teacher and person. My thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.

  10. Thank you Dan for teaching me math. Made A’s and B’s at Texas A&M calculus because of you. God be with you Sir.

  11. One of my favorite teachers and coaches. Remember when he bought the ‘63 super sport impala. It was so pretty and he was so proud of it. I will be praying for all of you in the days ahead.

  12. So sorry for your loss Nancy, Dan Lee, and Penny and family. Dan was a great math teacher and coach. I Pray that God you comfort and peace.

  13. Mr. Craven was the best algebra teacher ever! Also a great basketball coach. Prayers go out to his wonderful family.

  14. Dan Craven was a top notch math and science educator. His early mentoring put a lot of us on paths to math, science and engineering careers. I would nott be where I am today without his guidance. God bless him and his family. He will be missed.

  15. Prayers of comfort for the family and know that he made a difference in a lot of young people. I thought about Mr. Craven everytime I taught another kid his shortcuts to solve an equation, even though I taught science!

  16. Prayers are with you Nancy & your family.

  17. A very special person who influenced many of us in so many positives ways. Prayers for comfort & peace for the Craven family.

  18. Mr. Craven was a great teacher for us at CHS. I learned so much from him, and his influence carries on everyday. Prayers to Mrs. Craven and the family.

  19. I was so very sorry to hear about Mr. Craven. He was one of my favorite teachers in High School and just an awesome guy in general. He will certainly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family. God Bless you all.

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