Clyde William Craig
1931 - 2013
Clyde William Craig died April 26th at home surrounded by his devoted wife and family. Clyde was an amazing man who touched the lives of all those who had the privilege of knowing him. Clyde will be remembered for his twinkling eyes, infectious smile, quick wit and outrageous humor.
He was born October 18th, 1931 in San Diego, Ca. After graduating St. Augustine High School, Clyde and his high school friends jumped the rails and rode the trains throughout California and the Pacific Northwest. During that time he fell in love with Oregon. Clyde came back to California and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served our country for four years, three of those years in the Korean War. After returning home from war, he married the love of his life, Marlys Gress.
In 1968 he moved his family to Oregon. He spent several decades in Eugene raising his family and creating memories before moving to Portland in 2007. Clyde cherished the beauty of Oregon, the rivers, mountains and especially the Oregon coast. He enjoyed camping with his family, the Oregon State Beavers, as well as being a proud member of the Teamsters Union for 33 years. He was also an author, a mentor, and storyteller.
Family was the most important aspect of his life. He was completely dedicated to his wife and seven kids, and enjoyed watching his children raise their families.
Clyde is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Marlys; his seven children Suzie Stores, Jim Craig, Karlin Conklin, Kathy Osborn, Joe Craig, Kristen Olmos and Kelly Craig, their spouses; 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and his very best friend Bill Conklin. In addition to his immediate family, Clyde had many extended family members that held a special place in his heart. His brother Jack and his Boxer dog Heike preceded him in death.
Clyde and Marlys lived in St. Johns overlooking the Willamette River with magnificent views of the St. Johns Bridge and Cathedral Park. He spent many hours in the park with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. In his honor, a Celebration of Life will be held at Cathedral Park in St. Johns (Portland, OR), 12:00pm Sunday August 11th. We invite all those who knew Clyde to join in on a special day of remembrance and storytelling. Please sign the online guest book at www.registerguard.com/legacy.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Providence Hospice and Home Instead.
Published in Eugene Register-Guard on May 12, 2013