Donald "Red" Craft left us for a far better place on Friday, November 16, 2012. Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on September 29, 1929, he was 83 years old. Donald was married 61 years to the love of his life, Helen. He was Dad to his three sons and Paw Paw to his nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Dad proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War.Visitation will be at Broadmoor United Methodist Church on Monday, November 19, 2012 from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. conducted by the Rev. Ken Carroll. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Louisiana National Cemetery, Zachary, LA with full military honors. Dad is survived by his devoted wife whom he loved unconditionally and spoiled beyond reason. He was the father of the year every year to Don and Dinah, David and Kim, and Dale and Joan. He also considered Charlie Coghlan to be one of his own. Dad was loved and cherished by everyone he met. He could fix a flat, drive a nail or just make a bad day better. He was always the first one we called when we had a problem and he never let us down. Grandchildren left behind are Trey (Donald Craft III), Ryan, Tyler, Brandon, Ashlee, Jennifer, Jonathan, Julie, and Joseph. He was preceded in death by his mother, Hazel Craft Mitchell; fathers, A.M. Craft and Joe Mitchell; and brothers A.M., Edsel, George and Thomas. Pallbearers will be his precious grandchildren. Dad retired from the gas department as supervisor at Gulf States Utilities. After retirement, he helped his son Dale run Computer Maintenance. He loved camping, square dancing, tennis and making sure his kids had everything they needed and most everything they wanted. Dad, you loved your family, loved your life, and we never heard you complain or say a bad thing about anybody. Thanks Dad...for everything. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Carpenter House. Special thanks to Lori Gray. Visit the online guest book at www.rabenhorst.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 16 to Nov. 19, 2012