Born on September 7, 1938 in Franklin Park, Illinois.
Ed passed away peacefully on November 4, 2013 at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville, CA.
He regretfully leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Diana Craddock; his children, Ted Craddock (and Leona), Nate Craddock, Katie Ingram (and Kyle), Darrin Pratt (and Suzzanne), Dana Marinsik and Kelli Huffman (and Ron); 10 grand children; 11 great-grandchildren; and one niece, Christine Compton.
He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Valborg Craddock, brother Ron Craddock and son Kenneth Pratt Jr.
Ed took great pride in his accomplishments and loved to work. He obtained a Master of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in 1977. During his work career, Ed served his country in the United States Air Force, worked for Proctor and Gamble and was a Park Ranger for the California Department of Parks and Recreation. During his 25 years working for the State at the Department of Water Resources, he was promoted several times and eventually rose to the position of Chief of the Water Conservation Office. In 1999, he left State service to work for Butte County in a newly created position as the Director of the Department of Water and Resource Conservation where he retired in 2005.
Ed loved his home in Yuba City, where he resided for the past 22 years. He's most remembered for his wittiness and great sense of humor. He was a positive, supportive and caring man. Ed has touched many lives as a mentor and role model. He was well liked and respected by his peers and was a natural leader. His outgoing personality gave him an ability to start up a conversation with anyone. He also loved celebrations with family and friends. As an avid 49er and Michigan Wolverine fan, Ed spent many weekends in his recliner rooting for his teams.
Memorial services will be conducted Friday, November 8, 2013 at 2 PM at Ullrey Memorial Chapel in Yuba City.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Edward A. Craddock Endowed Scholarship at Butte College Foundation, 3536 Butte Campus Dr., Oroville, CA 95965 www.buttefoundation.org.
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2013