SENATOR CHESTER CRANDALL PASSES AWAY WHILE HORSEBACK RIDING
Incident Claims Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Statesman
Posted: Aug 4, 2014 By: Hunter Moore
HOLBROOK, AZ—August 4, 2014—Navajo County Sheriff's Officials have confirmed that Arizona State Senator
Chester Crandall passed away Monday, August 04, 2014, while the Senator was horseback riding near Heber—Overgaard, AZ.
The Senator left for a one-hour ride at about 10:00am this morning on what investigators have been told was a "new colt". When the Senator did not return
as planned, family members conducted a search on the DeSpain Ranch, which is north and east of Heber-Overgaard. The family members found Senator Crandall at
about 2:00pm on the same route that he had described before leaving. They immediately called 911 and dispatchers sent deputies and medical personal to the
scene. Family members reported that the Senator was deceased when they found him. His horse was found in the area.
"Medical examiners and detectives are now trying to determine the cause and manner of death, and no other details are available at this time," said
Navajo County Sheriff KC Clark. "This is a tragic loss for the family and friends of Senator Crandall. Chester was a good man and a strong voice for
rural Arizona. I wish to express our deepest sympathy to his family. May God bless them at this time."
Supervisor David Tenney also expressed his sympathy and love to the Crandall family, "I have known Chet for more years than I can count. He has always
been a good example of hard work, decency and fairness. His office, his phone and the gate to his ranch have always been open to friends and strangers alike,
and I am so glad that I count him as one of my friends. I know that his family will be surrounded by the community in a loving, tender and appropriate
manner, but there is no doubt that this tragic event leaves a great hole in our community. He has a great legacy in this area, and I am sure that we will all
want to honor him in our own way. I trust that we will all do so with great respect and dignity."
No announcements about services or other arrangements have been made at this time. Inquiries regarding the investigation can be directed to Deputy Chief
James Molesa of the Navajo County Sherriff's Office at 928.220.1051.
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