June 16 is rapidly approaching and it will be the second anniversary of the disappearance of the beloved realtor, friend and family member Sidney “Sid” Cranston Jr.
After a year and a half; exhausting investigations conducted by federal and local law enforcement agencies, and searches by various people and groups, the body of 40-year-old Cranston was discovered buried on a ranch east of Kingman Jan. 7, 2017.
As the events unfolded that led to Sid’s disappearance and the eventual discovery of his remains, many people helped search for him – some who had never met him, and TV shows and news programs aired stories about his disappearance. Both the FBI, local law enforcement agencies and a private investigator interviewed numerous individuals.
As part of the second anniversary of Cranston’s passing, 66-year-old Sidney Cranston Sr., Sid’s dad, will be honoring and remembering his son by making a four-day, 2,850-mile journey on his 1991 BMW R100RT touring motorcycle from Wilson, New York to Kingman. He plans on departing New York during the early morning hours of June 12 and rolling into Kingman the evening of June 15.
“This is the longest ride I have ever attempted, although I have more than 126,000 miles on my bike,” said Sid Sr.” Prior to this trip, I had only made a road trip to Georgia and a couple to North Carolina to visit my son Chris. But the most memorable trip for me was with Sid Jr. during 2009, when we rode together with 20 other bikers from New York to Washington, D.C., for Rolling Thunder – Run To The Wall.
While in Kingman, Sid’s dad will spend about a week visiting with many of his son’s friends and associates, will participate in the Sidney Cranston Jr. Memorial Ride scheduled for June 16 and then he will carry Sid’s ashes back to New York on his motorcycle.
According to Sid’s brother, Chris, he also plans on being in Kingman for the memorial ride and to visit with his brother’s friends and associates prior to returning to North Carolina where he resides with his family.
Even though his disappearance and murder is an extremely high profile case for Mohave County, most people honestly didn’t know very much about Sidney Cranston Jr., except that he was a successful engineer and realtor who owned between 40 and 50 parcels of property in the area.
Referred to as Little Sid by family members, he was born Oct. 7, 1974, grew up in the small town of Wilson, New York and attended both Wilson Middle School and Wilson High School.
While reflecting upon his son, Sid Sr. said, “My son was pretty much a quiet person, a loner, and could probably be deemed a nerdy kind of guy who enjoyed mathematics.
“Sid really didn’t date much while in high school,” his dad said. “He spent most of his time focusing on his education, but did take time to be a member of the chess club and was on the wrestling team during his high school years.”
After graduating from high school in 1991, Sid attended Niagara County Community College and then went to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) majoring in mechanical engineering.
“Sid loved spaghetti and would cook a large batch of it in his dorm room,” his dad reminisced. “Then he would sell plates of it for $2 to the other students living in the dorms and whatever was left over, he would eat on it for the rest of the week.”
His formal education in school culminated with him receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from RIT and he then started job searching for employment in the field he had studied. At about the same time, Sid went into business with his longtime friend Andy Raynor when they opened a computer store together in New York and then ultimately opened up a second location there.
Sid became flustered after a two-year search in New York for employment in his chosen field of mechanical engineering, so he decided to sell his part of the computer business to Raynor and “hit the road” during early 2000 or 2001.
Not allowing any grass to grow under his feet, Sid jumped on his motorcycle and headed off on a new adventure to parts unknown to him; visiting several western states. He ultimately “planted “ his new roots in Kingman during 2003, when he found employment working for a civil engineering firm in nearby Bullhead City.
Sid was always known to be a hard worker and had the propensity of establishing long-term goals for himself. While in Mohave County, he got licensed as a civil engineer in both California and in Arizona where he started up a business named Done Right Engineering.
He always wanted to make life better for himself, so he took the real-estate exam and added one more plaque to his resume. He became a realtor, dabbling in “flipping houses” and also purchasing properties for long-term investments to be utilized as rentals.
After relocating to Mohave County, Sid traveled numerous times for vacations in Central America and Mexico. On one such trip, he met a woman named Luna Calderon, who was a Mexican psychologist he fell in love with and he proposed to her because he said she was “the love of his life.”
Sid even traveled to China where is wanted to check on the possibility of having a kitchen sink manufactured there that he had designed and patented.
“Our family wants to thank the community, anyone who prayed, donated money (to help defray the cost of the memorial bench), and those who spent time helping search for Sid,” said Sid’s Brother Chris. “The dedication and help by everyone will never go unnoticed or forgotten by our family.”