Calvin Craig
1933 - 2021
Adamson Life Celebration Home
2000 47th Avenue
Greeley, CO

Calvin ""Cal"" Craig

January 22, 1933

October 7, 2021

Calvin "Cal" Craig, 88, of Greeley passed away October 7, 2021 at Life Care Center of Greeley. He was born January 22, 1933 in Chamois, Missouri to Chiles and Mary (Jagnow) Craig. Cal attended a one-room schoolhouse in Chamois through the 8th grade. He and his family moved to Greeley when he was 15, and he graduated from Greeley Central High School in 1950. Cal earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1954 and earned his Master's degree in Education in 1960. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1954-1956. On February 15, 1992, he married Mary Harriman Johnston in Greeley.

Cal worked for the Nunn school district one year. When the Air Force Academy moved to Colorado Springs from Denver in 1957, he was the first teacher hired for the Academy School district. Cal had a long, successful career with Academy School District 20. At first, he taught industrial arts in the superintendant's garage, then served as a vice-principal, and eventually moved into administration. He served as the liaison for the architects and builders of many new schools. Cal retired in 1993.

Cal had a passion for serving others. Before he retired, he coached basketball in both Nunn and Colorado Springs. After retirement, he and Mary worked with the SOWERS, an organization of retired people who help with construction projects and various needs at youth camps and other ministries. He also worked as a volunteer for the Greeley Resource Center 60+ ride share. Cal was a member of Mountain View Evangelical Free Church in Greeley. He enjoyed woodworking, golf, basketball and football. He was an avid Bronco fan.

Cal is survived by his wife Mary Craig of Greeley, his daughter Kimberly Craig Lundstrom and her husband Walter of Kent, WA; four stepchildren whom he loved as his own: Diana Heitzmann, Timothy Johnston, Dale Johnston, and Lori Johnston Miller; 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, his sister Luella Kinnison of Greeley, and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his eldest grandson Matthew Johnston, and his brother-in-law Ray Kinnison.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00a.m. Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Mountain View Evangelical Free Church in Greeley. Private family inurnment will take place at Linn Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Evangelical Free Church or the Pregnancy Resource Center in care of Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 W. 47th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634.

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Published by The Gazette from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2021.
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Keefe, Cathy, Cori, Ron, Lance
October 13, 2021
I was blessed to work along side Cal for well over 20 years in School District Twenty, he taught me a great deal about management in a school district usually by example since we often called Silent Cal. He never seem overwhelmed by any of the problems, big or small, that came his way in keeping the schools operating like a well oiled machine. His style of interacting with a principal, teacher, student, collegue, architect or contractor never deviated from being respectful, professional with an attitude of together they would accomplish what needed to be done with care and pride. I was both saddened and happy to learn on Cal's death, although I only was with him a couple of times after I retired he was someone who made me a better person and the only way I can repay him is by being the gentleman he was. My joy is knowing Cal no longer has to face life's challenges but will reap the rewards of a life well lived. May he rest in our Loving Lord's arms. God Bless all!
Steven Pratt
October 12, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Cal´s family. I was the principal at Air Academy High in the 1990´s. I had the privilege of working with Cal. A few years ago we honored him at AAHS Homecoming. Cal was a dedicated educator and true gentleman.
Greg Pierson
October 11, 2021
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