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Dr. Craig Michael Gayton DDS


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Dr. Craig Michael Gayton, D.D.S.

On February 4, 2018, Dr. Craig Michael Gayton, D. D. S. passed away peacefully after a brief illness at the Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D. C., surrounded by his family. He was born in Camden, New Jersey on September 7, 1965. Subsequently his family moved back to their native home, Seattle, where Craig attended Epiphany Grade School, as well as Garfield High School. He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Howard University School of Dentistry. After graduation he received a direct commission into the U.S. Army. His first year in the military brought him to Ft. Benning, Georgia for his Advanced Education of General Dentistry training. He then volunteered for an overseas position as the Assistant Chief of Restorative Dentistry in South Korea. Later, he returned to the Washington, D. C. area as the Assistant Officer in Charge at Ft. Myer, Virginia. From there he volunteered for deployment to the NATO post-war Humanitarian effort in Kosovo, serving as a Brigade Dental Surgeon.

After 5 years as a General Dentist, Dr. Gayton was accepted to the Army's three year Periodontal-certificate program at Eisenhower Hospital and Medical College of Georgia's Oral Biology graduate program in Augusta, Georgia. Upon completion of the Residency, and while obtaining his Board Certification, he was assigned to Heidelberg Hospital in Germany as the Chief and Director of the Department of Periodontics. Dr. Gayton chose to resign from the Army after 11 years of honorable service with the rank of Major. Subsequently, in 2016, Craig joined the United States Navy Reserves, serving as Lieutenant Commander.

In fulfillment of his dream to treat patients in private practice, he became the owner of a very successful periodontics practice, serving Silver Spring, Maryland and surrounding communities, which recently enjoyed its eighth year under his leadership.

Dr. Gayton's distinguished career included many recognitions and awards such as being honored as a board-certified member and Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, receiving the Army's Joseph Bernier Award as well as the Southern Academy of Periodontology's "Best Clinical Research" award for his research in a skin graft derivative associated with bone graft healing. Craig also had the distinction of serving as Adjunct Professor at Howard University's College of Dentistry from 2016 through 2017.

Outside of his practice, Craig will be remembered as a loving and thoughtful husband, father, son, brother and friend as well as having a smile that could light up a room. He loved sports, having played and coached soccer for over thirty-five years. He also participated in many sports related programs associated with civilian and military communities. In addition to sports Craig enjoyed music, (especially, Reggae) art, and enjoying tasty food, (red beans and rice as well as oatmeal cookies were favorites) with family and friends. He was a world-traveler and had fond memories, especially, of a trip with his family to Turks and Caicos Islands soon after his son Bryce was born.

Dr. Gayton is survived by: his wife. Fatisha Tawana (Enahora) Gayton, M. D.; his two children Gabriela Enahora and Bryce Michael. He was the son of Carver Clark Gayton and Mona Marie Lombard, both surviving. He is also survived by his sister Cynthia Marie Gayton (Jason Edwards); brother Carver Clark Gayton, Jr.; half-brother Chandler Walker Gayton and step-mother Carmen Walker Gayton as well as beloved uncles, aunts and cousins, nieces and numerous friends.

Services for Dr. Gayton were held on February 17, 2018 at the sanctuary of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Washington D. C. He was interned at Rock Creek Cemetery also in Washington D. C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The