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Jacob Lee Crandall

Born: 7/18/1977, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Death: 8/12/2018, Salt Lake City, Utah

Jacob Lee Crandall arrived on this planet July 18, 1977 to the proud parents Faye & Darryl Crandall, and siblings Josh, Laura, Lindy. Peacefully, he left us on August 12, 2018. Jake, as we called him, was the youngest child in the family born in Illinois. The family moved to UT to grow roots and take on the hopes of a better life out west. Jake grew up in West Jordan, while later graduating Highland High school in SLC. He was super close to cousins: Alex, Angelene, Darrellee, and Aunt Judy DiCicco, who also came from IL to UT. He made many friends over the years, and most of his moments were memorable due to his uniqueness (large heart, small stature, candid discussions). His rare form of dwarfism brought many complications, hospital visits/surgeries, but also gave him strength, character and an attitude of joyful attention for the remainder of his life. He was like a celebrity at times, especially with kids who noticed him in those dark sunglasses and gold jewelry. During school years, he participated with the LPA (little people of America). He was handicapped, with near blindness and only partial hearing, and later he walked mostly with a cane to get around. All of this sounds amazing, but he was simply a miracle in many ways – just making the best of life and bringing cheer to those around him. Jake was a bachelor in life, single- never married, held a job or two but was mostly content just to be in the moment. He travelled, lived in AZ and later in IL near family, but always living with family. He loved to party, share stories and would eat slowly…if it was good, he would let you know sometimes while chewing/drinking. To be honest, the story of Jake can’t be squeezed into a short bio/obituary; it’s a version that’s unique and special to all who knew him. He would make this type of impression on anyone! If someone would like more information, feel free to write to his brother Josh by email: josh.crandall@yahoo.com

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