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Greg McCracken

1961 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Greg McCracken Obituary
Greg McCracken of Anton, Colorado passed away February 2, 2015 at
Presbyterian / St. Luke Medical Center in Denver after a long and
courageous battle with a rare kidney disease. Greg was born in Brush,
Colorado on April 13, 1961. He is survived by his daughter, Amy
McCracken, step-son Nigel Steib, parents Frances and Jim Danenhauer,
and Marlin and Alice McCracken; brothers Brent McCracken and wife
Karen, Joe Griffin and wife Alice; sisters Stephanie Lambert and
husband Don and Penny McCracken. Greg had special relationships with
his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is
preceded in death by Amy and Nigel's mother Dee Lynn; grandparents,
Allen McCracken, Les and Elma Witham and D. H. and Estella Griffin.
Greg lived his entire life in Anton. He attended Arickaree School
from kindergarten through high school and graduated in 1979. Other
than participating in sports, and spending time with friends, he
really didn't care much for school. Greg thought that his Dad could
teach him just about anything he needed to know.
He had a passion for animals, especially horses and dogs. Some of his
favorite memories were going to Little Britches Rodeos with his family
and buddy Dave Callahan.
After experiencing kidney failure and being on dialysis for a year,
his daughter Amy courageously donated her kidney in January 2007.
Because of his endless determination, he beat the odds and lived years
beyond the expectation of a donor recipient. In recent months, even
though he was too weak to saddle his horse, he and Amy were riding a
few days before he passed away.
Though he is gone, his love, strength, spirit, and laughter will live
on through his family.
A funeral service was held Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Bethel
Union Church south of Akron. Interment followed at the Akron
Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Greg's memory to the
Praying Hands Ranch, an equine therapy center for the disabled, in
Parker, Colorado.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Feb. 11, 2015
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