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The Crumps, Lincoln Hills' first residents, look back 19 years

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Jack Crump has seen much of what has transpired in Sun City Lincoln Hills during the last 19 years. Moving in on Aug. 3, 1999, Crump and his wife, Nakako, were among the first residents of the active-adult community.

A 22-year United States Air Force veteran, Crump retired from Lockheed in 1992. Crump and his wife moved to Lincoln because he “wasn’t interested in going back to work.”

“The Bay Area is a great place to work,” Crump said Monday. “It was fun working with state-of-the-art equipment and computers. We were in the satellite business and it was a good time.”

“We had stopped by the Del Webb community in Palm Springs and were impressed,” Crump added. “I came over here in 1995, and at the time, Folsom Lake was mostly down. I came over again in February of 1999 and bought a house in Del Webb Roseville.”

But Crump did not move in to the Roseville home and instead acquired a house in Lincoln’s Del Webb community. Since then, Crump has been active in many aspects of Lincoln Hills.

“In five years, we had sold out and became Sun City Lincoln Hills. Before that, we were Del Webb,” Crump said. “I was the communication chairman for the transition in 2004. Carole McCarthy was our initial executive director and her system was brilliant. She kept 110 percent of reserves. The reason a lot of places are going downhill is they don’t have reserves. She did a grand job, a very well-run corporation.”

“Most residents don’t realize (Sun City Lincoln Hills) is not a democracy but a corporation,” Crump added. “We have reserves and the purpose of the reserves is to maintain the beauty of Lincoln Hills.”

From 1999 to 2000 , Crump chaired the election committee and co-chaired it from 2001 to 2002. He also was on the Architectural Review Committee.

“The election committee was not there to determine the candidates but to provide the candidates with the information they needed (to represent the residents),” Crump said. “It’s important to have good people on the board of directors. Also, not everyone understands why we have the Architectural Review Committee. Someone may want to paint their house black and park their cars in the yard. The corporation seems to be working pretty good.”

Crump has also been busy with a variety of activities, including:

Line Dancing – There were no lodges at the time, so the line dancing was held in a trailer,” Crump said. “There were 10 of us at the time and Jim and Jane Keener ran it.”

Fishing Club – “I started the fishing club,” Crump said. “I used to deep sea fish in the Bay Area. Most people here want to lake or river fish. Not many want to go on the ocean. I turned the club over to Gene Allen, a very good fly fisherman.”

Investment Club – “We were very fortunate that two men from Del Webb Roseville helped us start the investment club, Jack Ellison and John DiSantis,” Crump said. “They were fantastic; they bent over backwards to help us and introduced us to software.”

Changes Crump has seen include developing the Lincoln Hills golf courses and Lincoln’s evolution.

“There were only five or six holes of the golf course complete when we moved in,” Crump said. “I haven’t played golf in a number of years, since a shoulder injury.”

“Lincoln itself, I don’t think it had changed much in 150 years before we moved here,” Crump said. “We hit Lincoln like a ton of bricks. We’ve been very happy here. If I had to do over again, I would have bought a bunch of homes in downtown Lincoln and rented them out to doctors and dentists.”

Judy Bennett, a Del Webb employee at the time, remembers the Crumps very well in 1999.

“They were among the very first,” Bennett said. “It was a very exciting time.”

Bennett said neither the Raleys nor Safeway shopping centers were built yet.

“The Rainbow Market was really the only place to buy groceries. It was a wonderful market,” Bennett said. “None of the churches were there yet, just the Sterling Parkway for access. It was very isolated. Downtown Lincoln was very welcoming; the residents were very involved and the Sun City residents were anxious to get involved.”

 “They saw the future of Lincoln and wanted to be engaged in the community. I recall Jack was one of the ambassadors; he would talk to prospective home buyers. They were not trying to bring the Bay Area to Lincoln; they hoped to make Lincoln the best it could be. They left the Bay Area for the small-town feel of Lincoln.”

The first Lincoln Hills residents were charged with a major responsibility to set the tone for the community, according to Bennett.

“They came in to enhance Lincoln, not change it,” Bennett said. “They fit in and complemented it. They accepted Lincoln and Lincoln accepted them.”