“This evening we learned of the sudden passing of our colleague and friend Senator Chester Crandell. The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office says Senator Crandell died while he was horseback riding near his home in Heber.
Chester was a wonderful man who was kind to all and had a deep passion for improving life in Arizona. As Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee, he was able to use his previous experience in the schools to make positive reforms. He was also one of the strongest voices for rural Arizona.
No one worked harder at the Senate than Chester. He was here early every morning, responding to the concerns of his constituents. He was a man of integrity and high character.
This is a devastating loss to our community. We all will miss his smile and his love for the job he did. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Alice and their family.”