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Charles Doyle "CD" Crain

Obituary for Charles Doyle "CD" Crain

August 30, 1947 - May 15, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 70


On Tuesday, May 15th, a beautiful spring morning, The Voice of Westlake Softball fell silent with the passing of Charles Doyle "CD" Crain. He leaves behind an extended family into which he gathered relatives, lifelong friends, and generations of children, all of whom walked taller and prouder through this world because of his steadfast, abiding love.

Charles, the youngest of five children born to John Calvin "Cab" Crain and Margaret Louise Piggott Crain, was born in Houston, Texas and soon after moved to Dallas. He grew up in the Park Cities, playing sports and hunting and fishing with his older brothers. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1965 and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned both his BBA and MBA.

When, as a junior at UT, the young lady he had asked out for the weekend came down with a cold, he agreed to a blind date with her sorority sister Donna Gayle Earle of Ft. Worth, Texas. Six weeks after that blind date, he proposed, and Charles and Donna were married the following August. This year was to have been their 50th anniversary.

Charles and Donna lived in Dallas until 1983, when they moved to their current home in the Westlake area of Austin, Texas. In Austin, Charles utilized his experience in commercial real estate and property management to found The Crain Company, over which he presided until his retirement earlier this year.

A good and honorable businessman as well as a loving husband and friend, where Charles truly shone was as a dad, both to his two daughters Krystin and Sara and to innumerable children who found a safe and loving place in his boundless heart. When his daughters played softball, he coached, always emphasizing fun and learning over wins and losses (When asked "Coach, are we winning?", his invariable reply was "Are you having fun, pumpkin?". He won four city championships that way.). For both of his girls, he organized "Indian Princess" groups (a father-daughter organization) through the YMCA. Although designed to end after 3rd grade, his youngest daughter's "tribe" still meets for annual campouts, although the "princesses" are now in their mid-thirties with children of their own.

An enthusiastic supporter of the Westlake Choir Program in which both of his daughters and his granddaughter participated, he and Donna twice served as presidents of the Westlake Choir Parent Board. It was Charles who originally insisted that the students in the Tech Theater program be brought onstage to take a bow after every choir performance, and this legacy continues today.

His true passion, however, was the Westlake High School softball program. During his older daughter's high school years when softball was still a club sport, he served as coach. When his younger daughter played ten years later, then-athletic director Ebbie Neptune asked Charles if he would consider stepping in and announcing the games "until we can find someone." He served as the press box announcer for the next 19 years, only retiring this year when his health began to fail. The girls who played beneath his press box learned baseball lingo from another era and enjoyed his enthusiastic praise booming across the field – always with meticulous attention to the correct pronunciation of their names. Upon his retirement, Coach Haley Gaddis and the 2017-2018 Westlake Softball Team held a beautiful ceremony in his honor, and it was the delight of his final months of life.

Charles is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years Donna Earle Crain; his daughter Krystin Crain Johnson, son-in-law Mike Johnson, and in-laws Dan and Mary Johnson; his daughter Sara Crain Figueroa, son-in-law Justin Figueroa, and in-laws Eddie and Michele Figueroa; his treasured granddaughter Madeleine Rose Johnson; his brother Mike Crain and sister-in-law Betty Crain; his sister-in-law Sandra Crain; and many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and dear friends. Charles is now joyfully reuniting with his brothers John Calvin "Jay" Crain and Walter "Butch" Crain and sister Patricia "Pat" Crain, as well as many friends from his youth who have been waiting to see him: Dennis "Denny" Malouf, David Morgan, Bo Keith, Bill Voight, Wayne Curtis, and Allen Jacoby. A private celebration of Charles's life will take place presently.

To borrow the words spoken at the funeral of Jackie Robinson – another man of exemplary character, honor, and love of baseball: he stole home, and he is safe.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Charles' name to the Westlake High School Softball Program:
or JDRF (Type 1 Diabetes Research).

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