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January 12, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
John Crean, RV tycoon and one of Orange County's most generous philanthropists, died Thursday at his Newport Beach home, a family friend said. He was 81. Crean, founder of Riverside-based Fleetwood Enterprises, which at one time was the largest manufacturer of mobile homes and trailers in the world, spent much of his later years raising money for children's programs through his Crean Foundation. He died of congestive heart failure following a long illness, the spokeswoman said.
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June 13, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
The estate of John C. Crean, an Orange County philanthropist and RV entrepreneur who died of congestive heart failure five months ago, will donate $10 million to help establish a Lutheran high school in Irvine, authorities said Tuesday. Lutheran South High School is set to open this fall on Alton Parkway in the Woodbridge area. The following year, officials say, it will move to a permanent site in East Irvine. Crean, founder of Riverside-based Fleetwood Enterprises, died in January at age 81.
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March 21, 1996 | ANN CONWAY
Members of the Impresario Circle of Opera Pacific gathered at the Center Club in Costa Mesa to salute John and Donna Crean, who have donated $1 million during the past 10 years to underwrite operatic productions. Following the West Coast premiere last week of American composer Marc Blitzstein's "Regina" in Segerstrom Hall, opera buffs sampled strawberry shortcake and sipped champagne while they mingled with the Creans.
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January 13, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
John C. Crean was a man of simple tastes. He loved his family. He loved fishing, cooking and flying model airplanes. And he loved building things that changed people's lives. Crean did that in a big way in the 1950s by founding Riverside-based Fleetwood Enterprises, at one time the world's largest manufacturer of mobile homes and trailers and a business that revolutionized the housing industry.
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May 23, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The faculty of Chapman University has sent a critical memo to President James L. Doti protesting the replacement of Rep. Loretta Sanchez as Sunday's commencement speaker with wealthy Republican donor and university trustee John Crean. "If the process of choosing commencement speakers is going to be so subverted by individuals and pressure groups," the memo said in part, "the university is embarrassed, ill-served and the corporate faculty protests this kind of undermining of due process."
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December 12, 2000 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unfurling blueprints onto his big oak desk at his estate overlooking Upper Newport Bay, John Crean gushes about his new housing development springing up in Hemet: The houses are being framed in steel, not wood. They will have quirky details like cutouts in the kitchen counter-tops for trash. And, perhaps most unusual of all in Southern California, these homes won't cost an arm and a leg. "Crean Acres," as he is calling his development, is no ordinary housing tract.
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July 1, 1993
What happened to "Lost in O.C.?" It's one of our favorites. With so much awful news in the paper these days, it was a wonderful balance to read Jim Washburn's columns. Are they lost somewhere? BARBARA VENEZIA JOHN CREAN and the whole crew of "AT HOME ON THE RANGE" Laguna Niguel Editor's note: Jim Washburn's "Lost in O.C.," which used to appear weekly in OC Live!, now runs only the fourth (and, when there is one, the fifth) Thursdays of each month.
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January 9, 1999 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, William Lobdell, editor of the Daily Pilot, looks at faith in Orange County as a regular contributor to The Times Orange County religion page. He can be reached at wmlob@aol.com
John Crean had a pretty good year in 1998. Already one of the wealthiest men in Orange County, Crean, 69, stepped down early last year as chairman and CEO of Fleetwood Enterprises--the nation's largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles and mobile homes--and cashed out stock for a nine-figure check.
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January 28, 1988 | ANN CONWAY, Times Society Columnist
Talk about a bash . Sunday's demolition party staged by Donna and John Crean in serene Santa Ana Heights was a bash, a blowout and a down-and-out smash. The born-to-party couple--he's chairman and CEO of Fleetwood Enterprises, the Fortune 500 Co. that manufactures recreation vehicles--love surrounding themselves with friends and family.
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June 13, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
The estate of John C. Crean, an Orange County philanthropist and RV entrepreneur who died of congestive heart failure five months ago, will donate $10 million to help establish a Lutheran high school in Irvine, authorities said Tuesday. Lutheran South High School is set to open this fall on Alton Parkway in the Woodbridge area. The following year, officials say, it will move to a permanent site in East Irvine. Crean, founder of Riverside-based Fleetwood Enterprises, died in January at age 81.
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January 12, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
John Crean, RV tycoon and one of Orange County's most generous philanthropists, died Thursday at his Newport Beach home, a family friend said. He was 81. Crean, founder of Riverside-based Fleetwood Enterprises, which at one time was the largest manufacturer of mobile homes and trailers in the world, spent much of his later years raising money for children's programs through his Crean Foundation. He died of congestive heart failure following a long illness, the spokeswoman said.
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November 16, 2003 | Dana Parsons
Normally, a guy buying a new car doesn't stoke my interest. Then I checked the price tag: $350,000 out the door. And then the buyer: John Crean. Until last week, I'd never met Crean, a true American archetype of 20th century success. From afar, he was just another rich Orange County Republican who reportedly had more money than a man should, and who had bankrolled Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral.
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April 13, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Travel-trailer magnate Johnnie R. Crean was a roughhewn candidate for Congress who was so unpalatable that after winning the Republican nomination in 1982, GOP activists successfully backed a write-in candidate. Today, Crean is under fire again, this time from parents and faculty revolting against his 10-year chairmanship of the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California's only private military boarding school.
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December 12, 2000 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unfurling blueprints onto his big oak desk at his estate overlooking Upper Newport Bay, John Crean gushes about his new housing development springing up in Hemet: The houses are being framed in steel, not wood. They will have quirky details like cutouts in the kitchen counter-tops for trash. And, perhaps most unusual of all in Southern California, these homes won't cost an arm and a leg. "Crean Acres," as he is calling his development, is no ordinary housing tract.
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November 15, 1999 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the size of the donation--$1 million to restore the historic Balboa Theatre--as well as the setting--breakfast at Denny's--that preservationist Sue Cannon said "threw me for a loop." Newport Beach philanthropist Donna Crean invited Cannon, a member of the Balboa Performing Arts Theatre Foundation, to breakfast Saturday at the diner on Bristol Street in Costa Mesa. Cannon accepted, surmising that Crean would offer a "sizable" contribution to the restoration.
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January 9, 1999 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, William Lobdell, editor of the Daily Pilot, looks at faith in Orange County as a regular contributor to The Times Orange County religion page. He can be reached at wmlob@aol.com
John Crean had a pretty good year in 1998. Already one of the wealthiest men in Orange County, Crean, 69, stepped down early last year as chairman and CEO of Fleetwood Enterprises--the nation's largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles and mobile homes--and cashed out stock for a nine-figure check.
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April 13, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Travel-trailer magnate Johnnie R. Crean was a roughhewn candidate for Congress who was so unpalatable that after winning the Republican nomination in 1982, GOP activists successfully backed a write-in candidate. Today, Crean is under fire again, this time from parents and faculty revolting against his 10-year chairmanship of the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California's only private military boarding school.
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February 16, 1998 | ANN CONWAY
Don't look for retirement to change the lifestyle of Orange County philanthropist John C. Crean. Or affect the amount of his charitable giving--more than $1 million a year. It's going to be business as usual for Crean, 72, and his wife, Donna, 68, of Santa Ana Heights. That's good news for nonprofit organizations such as the Irvine Barclay Theatre, to which he and his wife donated $50,000 to help underwrite a performance Saturday by good friend Bill Cosby.
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October 11, 1998 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Discovery Science Center will open in Santa Ana on Dec. 19, two months behind schedule but $2 million richer, center officials said Saturday. The announcement of the opening date came during a black-tie fund-raiser at the nearly completed hands-on science museum, which inhabits an overhauled two-story furniture store just north of the Santa Ana Freeway on North Main Street.
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February 16, 1998 | ANN CONWAY
Don't look for retirement to change the lifestyle of Orange County philanthropist John C. Crean. Or affect the amount of his charitable giving--more than $1 million a year. It's going to be business as usual for Crean, 72, and his wife, Donna, 68, of Santa Ana Heights. That's good news for nonprofit organizations such as the Irvine Barclay Theatre, to which he and his wife donated $50,000 to help underwrite a performance Saturday by good friend Bill Cosby.
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