Glen Charles "Chuck" Craig (1947-2012)
Chuck was born in Selma, California on February 20th, 1947. He was born into a family with a strong sense of adventure and as a child lived in California, Idaho, and Washington. In 1959, the family traded in life on a ranch in Idaho for a life on their 85' yacht, the 'Denali', and sailed up the inside passage to settle in Juneau, their new home. The family lived aboard the vessel in Juneau, and spent summers exploring Southeast Alaska.
Chuck attended Juneau-Douglas High School and was an accomplished track star. In 1965, the day after his high school graduation, Chuck set off from Juneau to work in the Caribbean on a schooner for Windjammer Cruises. Chuck worked his way from deckhand to first-mate on the schooner, a position of considerable responsibility. Chuck's mechanical skills began to show early in his work on the 'Denali' and schooners. He developed into a skilled engineer with diesel, hydraulic, and electrical systems, graduating from Oregon Technical Institute in 1968.
He put his mechanical skills to use in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1969-'72. Following his service, Chuck joined his family in hard-rock mining projects in Nevada and Alaska, and eventually returned to Juneau and worked for NC Machinery for 15 years.
In 1995, Chuck began his teaching career at the University of Alaska Southeast. Drawing from his extensive practical knowledge of power technology and his hands-on approach with his students, it became evident that Chuck had an innate gift for teaching. He has spent the last 17 years instructing power technology, hydraulics, and electrical system courses. Chuck was a tenured Associate Professor and the Program Head of Diesel Technology. In 2000, Chuck was honored as the Alaska Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He was instrumental in expanding the curriculum of the Diesel Technology Program at UAS.
His competency in mechanics allowed him to fix nearly anything. He was a skilled carpenter, electrician and plumber. He was also known for adding an artistic touch to any project and creating functional works of art. Specifically, one of his favorite pastimes was 'moving rocks' around his home on the beach.
Anyone who knew Chuck quickly realized that his knowledge extended far beyond his field. He could recall random trivia facts about nearly everything, likely a byproduct of a love of non-fiction books and a lifetime of adventure.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, JoAnne, his daughter Carly Teal Craig and son Kevin Sheridan Craig, all of Juneau. He is also survived by his daughter Patricia Ann Pedraza and grandchildren Jonathan, Daniel, and Sarah, all of Houston, Texas; as well and his siblings Sheri (Don) Lundell, Joe (Sandy) Craig, and Bob (Barbara) Craig, and former wife Laurie Ferguson Craig of Juneau, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His mother Barbara and father Glen Craig preceded him in death. Chuck's greatest joys were his family, their home at Tee Harbor and the many trips and activities they shared. He will be dearly missed by family, friends, colleagues and students. Chuck will be in all of our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University of Alaska Southeast Career Education Support Fund in memory of Chuck Craig: UAS Development Office, 11120 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99803.
The Craig family may be reached at P.O. Box 32166, Juneau, AK 99803.
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 22 to May 31, 2012