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A real estate and water rights attorney who represented businesses and ranchers in California, Idaho and Nevada, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 surrounded by his wife and two children at his home in Woodland, CA.

Craig was a graduate of UC Davis and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of California on Dec. 17, 1973 and was sworn in next to his daughter, who currently practices law in Sacramento. He began his career as an attorney for the law firm of Malovos & Chasuk in Mountain View, then joined Young, Wooldridge, Paulden & Self in Bakersfield and Rifkind, Sterling & Levin in Beverly Hills. He was also a partner at McQuaid, Bedford & Van Zandt in San Francisco before opening a private practice in Tahoe City.

Craig was born at Children's Hospital in Oakland on March 22, 1946, the first son of B.F. Pridgen, DDS and Ann (Anderson) Pridgen. He was raised with his brother David in Clayton Valley and Antioch. His fondest early memories were of summer days on the shores of Lake Tahoe and riding horses on his great-grandparents' Central Coast ranch.

He participated in the Boy Scout Jamboree, was coached in baseball by family friend and AL batting champ Ferris Fain, attended the Seattle World's Fair with his high school band and spent weekends boating on the Delta. He was a founder of Theta Chi fraternity at UC Davis and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Craig was passionate about living and golfing in Incline Village on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the San Francisco Giants, his wooden boat, his rescue dogs and traveling abroad.

His greatest pride with his wife of almost 45 years Ann (Moquist) were his children and grandchildren: daughter Elizabeth Ewens, her husband Mark and their children Megan Ewens and William Ewens of Davis; son Andrew Pridgen and Robin Sims of San Luis Obispo.

He is also survived by his brother David Pridgen and his wife Jean of Discovery Bay; mother-in-law Phyllis Moquist, brother-in-law Tod Moquist and his wife Niki, of Visalia; niece and nephews Alexandra Pridgen of Walnut Creek, Jeff Pridgen of San Diego, Philip Moquist of Cambridge, MA and Alexander Moquist of Oakland.

A private burial service took place in Templeton, CA and a celebration of Craig's life is planned in Davis this March. The family requests contributions made in Craig Pridgen's memory go to: Tahoe City Rotary Club Foundation Endowment (c/o Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation,; UC Davis Arboretum (; Woodland Healthcare Foundation (

Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 12, 2014
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