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Craig Pierce

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Craig Donald Pierce

8/19/49 - 4/28/13


Was born August 19, 1949 in Sunnyvale, California. He passed away April 28, 2013 in San Francisco, California, from Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Craig died at home surrounded by his loving friends.


He was born James Clyde Farrow and was later adopted in 1951 by Evelyn (Gates) and Donald Pierce. He is survived by his spouse, Daniel Milne; sisters, Kandra Pierce, Patricia Lee Koenig and Kimera Lee Walsh; brother, Steven Robert Farrow; former wife, Margie Garnhart; daughter, Heather Pierce; grandchildren, Dylan Brandt and Haley Lewis; and great-grandson, Julian Brandt.


Craig served as a Medical Corpsman in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam war. He entered service on May 9, 1969 and was honorably discharged as a Specialist 4 on January 21, 1971. During his time overseas, he served with the 71st Evacuation Hospital and was later awarded the Army Commendation Medal. Craig's experience in Viet Nam led to a lifetime of compassionate service in nursing.


He graduated from the Licensed Vocational Nursing program at Sierra Junior College, Rockland, CA, in 1973. He worked in a variety of acute settings, including critical care, hospice and psychiatric nursing. After moving to San Francisco, he worked at St. Mary's Hospital as a staff nurse on the acute isolation floor. Later he worked at Mt. Zion Hospital in Intensive Care. Early in the AIDS epidemic, Craig went to work in the Shanti houses, which pioneered hospice care. When Coming Home Hospice opened, Craig was hired as one of the original LVN team leaders. He then worked as a home care aide supervisor for CPMC Visiting Nurses & Hospice. From 1995 to 2002, Craig worked in Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital.


Throughout his life, Craig was known for his sense of humor, compassion and gentle spirit. He loved movies, music, books, dancing, travel, spending time with friends and camping (in both senses of the word). People were drawn to Craig wherever he went. His home on Noe Street became a hub for a large and varied circle of friends.


A memorial gathering for Craig will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at First Congregational Church of San Francisco, 1300 Polk Street (corner of Bush Street), 94109, at 1:30 PM.


If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.


Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 5, 2013
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