John Crean and his widow, Donna, were honored today with the 10th star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars in California, celebrating their achievements in business and philanthropy.
The Orange County Register reported that Andrew Crean, one of the Creans’ sons, accepted the star on behalf of his parents. Donna Crean also attended the afternoon ceremony.
John Crean, who passed Jan. 11, 2007, at the age of 81, founded Riverside-based Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. in 1951, which became the nation’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles and a Fortune 500 company. When he retired in 1998 and sold his stake in the business, it had $3 billion in sales annually, 19,000 employees, 18 recreational vehicle plants and 38 manufactured housing plants in 17 states and Canada.
His business philosophy was putting customers and employees first. He and his wife frequently traveled across the nation in their recreational vehicle to talk with other RV owners, receiving feedback that Crean would incorporate into new vehicles.
Crean was among the first to offer profit-sharing programs, believing that if employees had an interest in the company they would strive to ensure its success.
He was know for his generous contributions to local charities and causes through the Crean Family Foundation. He also co-hosted a cable public access cooking show, “At Home on the Range,” which aired from 1992 to 1998 and featured comic banter with co-host Barbara Venezia and stories of culinary mishaps. The show led to a cookbook that Crean published with Venezia, “At Home on the Range — The Cookbook for the Deranged.”
The Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars was created in 2006 to honor celebrities, elected officials, sports figures and humanitarians who have shaped Anaheim and Orange County.