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Craig "Cowboy" Langford(1940 - 2013)

Langford, Craig "Cowboy" EL CAJON -- Craig "Cowboy" Langford was born February 6, 1940, to Stan and Frieda Langford. He lived in La Mesa and the El Cajon valley all of his life. When he was young, he attended Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in La Mesa. Out of school, he had many professions, one was working on local highway overpass bridges that we use today. He prided himself in his knowledge of serving people, whether it be as a waiter, an electrician or a friend. Many have said that if you called Cowboy, he was there. Cowboy held two and sometimes three jobs at once when he was young to be a good provider to his family. He eventually owned a business and after that he needed only to work by word of mouth and reputation. Cowboy lived a life full of hiking the back country, visiting the many Indian camps, looking at grinding rocks, teaching others and sharing his knowledge. He loved the warm sun on his skin and this is where he told others he would talk to God. Of course, Willie, his Australian Shepherd / Queensland mix, was always at his side and Willie even saved him from a rattler by alerting him of its presence. Many of Cowboy's friends have remarked that they cannot look around their homes and not see something that Cowboy has "touched", fixed for them or set up in a special way. As an electrician he was very dedicated, hardworking and always giving 110% to get the job done right. Cowboy will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity to friends and strangers, warm heart, love for all animals, great cooking, his intelligence and humor. Cowboy was married twice and in 1987 he found a long-time love in Val Pinkerton. They spent many years together in El Cajon, with her girls, family and grandchildren. In 2006, Cowboy met Michelle and their adventure began. They were married in July of 2009 in Yuma, AZ, where his parents were married. Michelle and Cowboy went everywhere together as a couple. He is missed so very much. Services have been held with an outstanding attendance of friends and acquaintances that Cowboy has touched. We are all blessed to have known him and many tears are wept for him each day. Cowboy, we love you and miss you so much. This great man passed on July 5, 2013, in La Mesa, CA, at his parent's longtime family residence on Stanford Ave. He was 73.


Published in U-T San Diego on Aug. 3, 2013
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