Craig Steve Alan Craig, age 60, of Hilliard, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013. He was born to the late Clifford and Jeri "Turner" Craig on Nov. 19, 1952 in Columbus, OH. Steve graduated from Licking Heights High School in 1970 and completed Law School at The Ohio State University in 1976. At the time, he was the youngest licensed attorney in the state of Ohio. He married Mary "Arnold" Craig in 1975 and they have lived in Hilliard since 1979. Steve was passionate about helping others and was active in the Hilliard Community. He was a recipient of the John Galbreath Award, Past President of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Hilliard. He helped develop Hilliard's Hollyfest Scholarship Foundation and the Hilliard Latchkey programs. Steve was a member of American Mensa, the Franklin County Agricultural Society and life member of the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society. Steve practiced law in Central Ohio for 37 years. In addition, he was both an Impartial Hearing Officer and State Level Review Officer for the Ohio Department of Education. He also served as a Magistrate in Madison County Court and Hilliard Mayor's Court. He was a part-owner in Run of the Mill Tavern in Hilliard. Steve was a loving family man. He is preceded in death by both his parents and his mother-in-law and father-in-law Richard and Martha Arnold. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Mary; son, Bill Craig; daughter, Katy (Nick) Craig Swathwood; brother, Doug (Nicki); brothers-in-law, Bill (Sue) Arnold and John (Sandy) Arnold; grandsons, Abe and Ike Swathwood; nieces, Kris Arnold, Vicki (Jess) Arnold, Jacki (Andrew) Schaefer and Rachel (Steven) Ernst; nephews, Jim Craig, Zach (Kara) Arnold and Jacob Arnold; great-niece, Devin Craig; and great-nephew, Nolan Martindale. Family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 5265 Norwich St. Hilliard, OH 43026 where a celebration of Steve's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Hollyfest Scholarship Foundation in care of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, 4081 Main St. Hilliard, OH 43026 or the Capital Area Humane Society, 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Ct. Hilliard, OH 43026. www.tiddfuneralservice.com
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from July 1 to July 2, 2013