CRAIG MACK SEPTEMBER 27, 1951 - NOVEMBER 15, 2016 Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Sadly, Santa Fe lost one of its most wonderful and beloved characters, despite the heroic efforts of the amazing Intensive Care Unit staff at St. Vincent's Hospital. The quintessential Santa Fean, Craig Mack, 65, passed quietly. Most people probably don't know his name. It's Craig Mack. He could be seen 5 nights a week at the Santa Fe Bandstand on the Plaza during the summer dancing and enjoying the music. While he was not the most graceful dancer, his arms and legs flopped about wildly, he was most certainly the most enthusiastic dancer. At other times of the year, he could be seen at the Cowgirl or the Railyard, always following the music. Craig was also recognized all about town, throughout the year, but especially during the summer, riding his bicycle, shirtless, sporting a deep bronze tan. He graduated from the University of California, majoring in Psychology. He later earned his MSW from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. While Craig had a joyful, carefree spirit, few knew he worked tirelessly for 20 years at Santa Fe New Mexico Child and Adult Protective Services, bringing services and comfort to those most in need. To this writer, he was my best and most loyal and considerate friend, in the truest sense of the word, for over 24 years. Craig was also an avid gardener, a staunch environmentalist, and a gourmet cook, as well as a yard sale aficionado. Santa Fe has truly lost one of its greatest treasures. Craig was one of the most unforgettable, kind, and selfless members of this community. Our loss is enormous and for many, Craig will always be remembered. Craig survived the death of his mother and father, Edith and John Mack, and his youngest brother, Dave. Craig is survived by his much beloved brother Paul, and a multitude of devoted and appreciative friends and musicians. Los Lobos will miss him and his enthusiastic dancing, when they next perform. They were his favorite band and they eventually became friends. Initially, his favorite band was The Grateful Dead, but when the leader Jerry Garcia died, he gravitated towards Los Lobos. His friends are planning a celebration of his life, in the near future. Please call Joan at 690-8239 for details.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Nov. 17 to Nov. 20, 2016.