James Craig Tinney
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.
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I had the opportunity of getting acquainted with Craig during my 10 month stay at ADEQ in Tucson, AZ. He supported me and his good character and humour helped me much during that stay away from my family. My condolences to his wife Jacquie and daughters.

Jose Luis Ordoñez, Sevilla, Spain
July 12, 2010
Craig was a good man with a good since or humor. I never knew him not smiling. He will be missed by many. Our prayers are with his wife and kids.
Terry Hendricks
July 8, 2010
I worked with Craig at Pima County Flood Control District, Craig was always very positive and friendly, he always had a love for music. My condolences to his family and friends.
Yolanda Chamseddine
July 7, 2010
I met and got to know Craig when he was a graduate student at the University of Arizona in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. I was on the faculty at that time and we shared a common interest in the economics and politics of poor developing countries. In 1984 he and Jacquie played our wedding. We saw each other occasionally through the years. We talked about his music and work. I was always happy to see him. I enjoyed his energy and his joy and passion for life. He was a good man, and I will miss him. My sympathies to Jacquie and their family.
July 6, 2010
I met and got to know Craig when he was a graduate student at the University of Arizona in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. I was on the faculty at that time and we shared a common interest in the economics and politics of poor developing countries. In 1984 he and Jacquie played our wedding. We saw each other occasionally through the years. We talked about his music and work. I was always happy to see him. I enjoyed his energy and his joy and passion for life. He was a good man, and I will miss him. My sympathies to Jacquie and their family.
Roger Fox
July 6, 2010
I knew Craig back when he had first started Tucson Friends of Traditional Music. I will miss him. My condolences to his friends and family.
Pat Fennessy
July 5, 2010
I am in prayer for Craig's family and all of the dance and music community in Arizona. I remember Craig's wonderful spirit at dancecamps and events while living in Arizona. It's the memories that are important now....Blessings to you all.
Marlene Stein, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
July 4, 2010
Craig was such a beautiful man and he loved his family very much. The sparkle that couldn't be contained in his eyes when he would talk about his daughters will always be in my memories. We have truly lost a beautiful soul.
Suzy Kulvinskas
July 4, 2010
Craig was a wonderful person and he will truly be missed. He was a great father, musician, husband and a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Jacquie and her family during this very difficult time. May God Bless.
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Craig was such an inspirational person. He seemed to to so alive and so aware. It was as if he felt things more deeply and saw things more completely than most people. I often had the impression that there was a field of energy around him. His personality, his very essence, glowed brightly. He was literally and figuratively a brilliant person. Losing him is so painful but, perhaps, it will inspire each of us to live more fully, more passionately, more joyfully with immediacy and awareness as a tribute to his memory.
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Jacquie: I can think of no words other than the thought that has continually run thru my head these past months: how lucky Craig was to have you and you to have him and the rest of us to have both. That's more than most of us get in a lifetime.
Sue Keith
July 3, 2010
I pray you, Leah and Ariel will be comforted by your memories of Craig's love for you.
Maeve Robertson
July 3, 2010
What a truly wonderful man Craig was! All that met him were blessed by his presence. Holding your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Laura Grignano
July 3, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
JIll Truslow
July 3, 2010
My prayers and sympathy to you and your family. Cheryl Lumley Roseburg OR
July 3, 2010
Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Todd & Kristin Zickel
July 3, 2010