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Donald CraigOur family lost our "Super Hero" on June 27. He was 92 years old. Dad died of a broken heart after losing the Love of his Life in March, after 72 years of marriage.
Mar. 23, 1921- June 27, 2013
Donald was born in Grand Forks, ND in 1921. He joined the Army in 1943 and was a private for four months then made sergeant. He served in France, the British Isles, Luxemburg, Belgium, Germany, Panama, the Philippines and Japan. He often times talked, with tears in his eyes, of leading his troop storming the beaches of Normandy and seeing his fellow soldiers fall all around him. He received many medals including two Purple Hearts. He was also a foreman overseeing the building of many roads as well as bridges which were made of wood or steel that were damaged or destroyed to slow the Allied advancement. Little did he know that building these steel bridges is what would start his welding career when he came home.
He loved water skiing at the cabin on Lake Goodwin, fishing and hunting with the guys. But most of all he loved his wife, family, friends and his garden. Every year after growing his 1200 onions, 20 tomato plants and cucumbers, he would give away 90% of his crop to friends, family, neighbors and passers by. He and his wife lived in the same house in Ballard, WA for 65 years.
He leaves behind son,
Michael; daughter, Terri (Mike O'Malley), four grandchildren, Michele (Harold Christensen), Cheryl (Gordy Granger), Jeffery (Maryann) Craig, Sherra (Jake Ellis); and eight great grandchildren: Cameron, Trevor,
Miranda, Makayla, Derek Granger; Anthony and
Sophia Craig; sister-in-law, Sharon Stone and her special man, Vern; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Earl Meldahl; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dephae; and daughter-in-law, Vickie.
Dad will be missed by all who loved and knew him. Everyone felt they could always count on him for anything. He was our Rock.
Special thanks to his good neighbors, Chris and Madeleine DeGracia and Mark Weinstein and his good friend, Carl, for keeping an eye on him the past couple of years.
We will have a graveside service at Washelli on July 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. and a Celebration of Life following at Dad's home in Ballard. All are welcome.
Contributions can be made to the Northwest Kidney Center.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from July 5 to July 7, 2013