Mooney Craig Armand Mooney was born in Sulphur, Louisiana on August 5, 1957, as the fifth child of 10 children, to Charles Shea Mooney and his wife Eva Meyers Mooney. His childhood was spent in Vinton, Louisiana and was followed by a lifetime of travel as a directional drilling consultant in both overseas and domestic oil and gas fields. After a year- long struggle with cancer, Craig died peacefully, with his wife at his side, at their home in Temple, Texas on March 16, 2014. Perhaps due to his mixed ancestry (French, Irish, and Native American), Craig always loved the out of doors and spent a good deal of his leisure time engaging in fly fishing, hiking, wilderness survival, and other close-to-nature activities. His fondness of nature sometimes seemed at odds with some of his other passions. For example, few would appreciate that Craig trained at a culinary school - unless, of course, they had ever had the opportunity to savor his roast duck, Cajun-style gumbo, or grilled alligator tail. Except for his training partners, few appreciated Craig's athleticism and prowess in the fighting sports. The natural grace and fluidity that he learned during his martial arts training (probably Tang-tsu-do) in his earlier life seemed to carry over into his later years. Instead of beating up on his partners, as was the case with martial arts, he turned his attention to dance. Thus, when he moved from Louisiana to Maine, he tried his hand at modern dance, ultimately excelling and participating in the Modern Dance Troupe at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Above all else, there was a spiritual side of Craig that was readily apparent to most people, even those having only casual contact with him. Although he was always a devoted Catholic and strong supporter of the faith, he was well known by many in other denominations. His religious insights were welcomed in the prayer and support groups of many of his friends, regardless of their spiritual affiliation. Craig is survived by his wife Dr. Margaret Pazzaglia, by his mother Eva, by his brother Patrick, and by his sisters Monica M. LeBlanc, Theresa Mooney, Aimee M. Dobbs, Annie M. Hendren, and Marilyn Margaret Mooney. His two dogs, Holly and Rosie will also miss him (and his cooking) greatly. He was preceded in death by his father Shea and by his brothers Damian, David, and Lawrence. A final service for his family and close friends in Louisiana will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Vinton, Louisiana on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Gathering for a rosary will be 9am in the Church Hall followed by the funeral service in the church at 10:30 a.m. Father Fernando Susil will be presiding. The burial will be limited to immediate family. Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Program in Craig Mooney's name. Hewett-Arney Funeral Home, Temple TX is entrusted with arrangements.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 21, 2014