Shawn Crane grew up in Hunter, Utah, where he graduated from Cyprus High School. He served an LDS Mission in the Netherlands and married his wife, Jan, in 1981. Crane has a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Utah, and a master’s degree in human resource administration from Utah State University. In addition to serving on the Gunnison Valley Hospital Board as a member and a chair, he has been principal of Gunnison seminary and worked with the Jaycees, holding various offices including president. Crane was also a Fayette Town Council member and mayor. As residents of the Gunnison Valley since 1987 the Cranes and their four boys consider the area their home.