James Craig Tinney born October 9, 1950 in Phoenix, Arizona to James Vernal Tinney and Betty Jean Tinney, died on the morning of June 29, 2010 in his Tucson home, as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident seven months earlier. Craig earned an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and later obtained his certification as a Professional Engineer. Craig volunteered with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica for three years. At the time of his accident, Craig was employed by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality as the Border Engineer for the state of Arizona. Craig met his best friend and wife of 29 years, Jacqueline Wohl, in 1978. The couple was instrumental in starting the Tucson Friends of Traditional Music contra dance, and were both members of the Privy Tippers folk band for over 16 years. Craig was a lifelong musician, imparting his love of music to his two daughters, Ariel and Leah. Craig was an eternal optimist and maintained a lifelong positive outlook, providing hope and inspiration to all those he encountered. Craig Tinney is survived by his wife, Jacquie; his mother, Betty; two daughters, Ariel, and Leah; brother, Chuck; sister, Cheryl (Andrew); sister-in-law, Valerie; nieces; nephews; cousins; and a sea of friends who will miss his wit, humor, and authenticity. A Memorial gathering will be held Monday, July 5, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Copper Hall of the Hotel Congress. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may donate to Craig Hospital, 3425 S. Clarkson St., Englewood, CO 80113.
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Published by Arizona Daily Star from Jul. 3 to Jul. 4, 2010.