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Dick Craig



Richard (Dick) Craig of Puyallup, WA, passed away February 16, 2013 in California, from congestive heart failure. He left this life as he lived it, vibrant, courageous, determined and filled with laughter. He is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Donna Craig (Piatt). He is survived by three children, James Craig (Katherine), Brian Craig and Tamara Brandstater (Nigel); grandsons Yukiaki Gopp, Craig Gopp and Richard Craig; brother, Robert Craig (Shirley), sister Donna Parisher (Jim) and sister-in-law Mary Bedard, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Born December 21, 1936 in Myrtle Point, OR, he moved to Goldendale as a teenager and graduated from high school in 1955 where he lettered in music. He was offered a full scholarship due to his singing ability but declined in order to marry his high school sweetheart Loretta Watson. This union produced three children before ending, and took Dick to the city of Portland, OR, where he owned several 8 to 1 grocery stores in the 1960s. After marrying Donna in 1966, he decided to try his hand at sales and found one of the true loves of his life. Working initially for Alberto Culver and then working for Milwaukee Tool as one of their top salesmen. He retired as a regional manager for Milwaukee Tool after 25-plus years of service. It is thanks to this career that Dick enjoyed lifelong friendships all across the country.

Dick was the patriarch of the Craig family. Taking care of his siblings from a young age and then extending the umbrella as each family grew. He never missed a birth, graduation or marriage for any of his siblings, children or nieces and nephews.

As he prepared to retire, he suffered a stroke, but far from allowing it to diminish his life, he graciously grew beyond its limitations. He continued to live a rich life, always grateful for each day. He will be remembered as a vitally alive and caring person, intelligent and wise, charismatic and charming. His heart laugh and strong handshake were indicative of his love of life. He gave us a living example of courage and grace, and showed us how to age with dignity, even in the face of great physical challenges. He will be greatly missed as we loved him so.

A private celebration of life was held Feb. 23 at his daughter’s home in Vallejo, Calif.


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