A couple known as much for their community generosity as for amassing a fortune building recreational vehicles was recognized Tuesday (Feb.9) with the 10th star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars.
The Orange County Register reported that Donna and John Crean, who made a name for themselves as owners of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., join the likes of Walt Disney, Gene Autry, and the Righteous Brothers on the Walk in front of Disneyland.
“I don’t think in my parents wildest dreams would they think they’d be here today receiving this kind of honor,” said Andrew Crean, who accepted the award on behalf of his mother, who was in attendance, and his late father, who died in January 2007. “If they did imagine being here, it would only be to take their grandkids to Disneyland.”
The Creans were scheduled to receive their star back in December, but heavy rains washed out the ceremony. On Tuesday, about a dozen members of the family accepted the award under clear blue skies.
“If I were to look at a scale of 1 to 10, I’d put John and Donna at a 10,” said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, adding that it only seemed appropriate they would get the 10th star.
The origins of Fleetwood RV can be traced back to Anaheim, where the Creans founded the company in the 1950s before moving to Riverside.
As their fortune began to grow, the Creans followed the advice of their Lutheran minister and began to tithe 10% of their sizable income. Toward the end of John Crean’s life, they upped that amount to 50% of their income.
Among the beneficiaries were Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, the Orange County Philharmonic Society and the Santa Ana Zoo. They also frequently donated use of their 18,000-square-foot Santa Ana Heights mansion for fundraising events.
John Crean was also known for hosting a cable-based television cooking show that was more about fun and banter between guests than about the sometimes-questionable recipes.