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Dr. James Crase dies at 78

Dr. James Douglas Crase, 78, of Somerset, died May 28 in Louisville.

Born in Letcher County to the late Ted and Ida Crase, he was the widower of Janice Hunley Crase.

He was graduated from Whitesburg High School, Berea College, and the University of Louisville Medical School, and had served as a physician in the U.S. Navy for more than 40 years.

Dr. Crase was named by the Kentucky Academy of Family Practice as its Citizen Physician of the Year in Kentucky, and had served as a Kentucky State Senator.

He was a member of the Lake Cumberland Lincoln Club, Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, Kentucky Medical Association, Berea College Board of Trustees, Somerset Community College

Athletic Directorship, Trustee and an elder of First Presbyterian Church of Somerset, Chief of Staff of the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Judicial and Legislative Retirement Trustee, Pulaski Civil War Round Table, and the United Way.

Surviving are his children, Kim Claytor and husband Joe, Kit and Karl Crase and wife Melissa; two sisters, Guinevere and Elaine; two brothers, Ike and wife Sedahlia, and Ken and wife Sue; and four grandchildren, Laura and Neil Claytor and Jonathon and Ameila Crase.

Funeral services for Dr. Crase were held June 4 at the First Presbyterian Church of Somerset. Burial was in Lakeside Memorial Gardens.

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