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John David Craig

July 17, 1943 - September 10, 2013
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John David Craig passed away on September 10, 2013 at the age of 70 with his wife of 31 years, Lana, by his side. He was born in Brownwood, Texas on July 17, 1943 to Earl Lee and Brownie Craig. John had traditional "old school" morals. He was a sincere, honest, trustworthy, humble and loving man. Everyone acquainted with John knew him as a well-respected man who was a active in his community. He was very intelligent and funny individual. He taught his family the value of hard work and compassion for others. John led a full life, which included several years in the Navy where he received a Navy Good Conduct Medal and an Honorable...
John David Craig passed away on September 10, 2013 at the age of 70 with his wife of 31 years, Lana, by his side. He was born in Brownwood, Texas on July 17, 1943 to Earl Lee and Brownie Craig.

John had traditional "old school" morals. He was a sincere, honest, trustworthy, humble and loving man. Everyone acquainted with John knew him as a well-respected man who was a active in his community. He was very intelligent and funny individual. He taught his family the value of hard work and compassion for others.

John led a full life, which included several years in the Navy where he received a Navy Good Conduct Medal and an Honorable Discharge. Following the Navy, John earned his Bachelor degree in education from West Texas in 1967. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Masters of Industrial Arts degree from East Texas in 1972.

He worked for General Motors from 1969 to 1980. From 1976-2004, he was a successful custom homebuilder as the founder of John Craig Custom Homes. He and his wife built homes in the Northeast Tarrant County area until retirement. He served as a role model and mentor for many people around him. His favorite pursuits were golfing, fishing, riding his Harley, traveling, completing projects in his workshop garage and spending time with family and friends.

While growing up, his best friend was Jimmie Brown. Later in life, his dear friends were Kathie Smith, Bill McMurray, Malcolm Rodgers, John Stears, Roger Scott, Bill Ward and many, many, more friends in Star Harbor and his subcontracting family.

Being generous with his time and energy, John liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. John was a member of the National and Ft. Worth Homebuilders association. John was also a member of community groups, including serving on committees for the Colleyville Area Construction Oversight Committee, as well as committees in Star Harbor.

John was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of John's favorites was his poodle, Peaches. Peaches went everywhere with John and was a constant companion on the many job sites. They were best friends for 17 years. Most recently, his pet family was rounded out by Tootsie his black schnauzer.

When John's retirement finally arrived in 2004, his new life involved moving into their lake-house at Star Harbor on Cedar Creek Lake. In retirement, he found new pleasure in playing more golf and fishing. He also had more time to spend with family and travel. He had extended travels to the four corners of the US and Canada; all of which were experienced in their RV. In many ways, John loved retirement.

Some favored memories were winning the 1987 Colonial Pro Am where his son, Rob, was his caddie. He also enjoyed a recent fishing trip to Alaska; Peacock bass fishing in Brazil with Lana, and a cruise through the Panama Canal for his Mother-in-Law's 90th birthday. He had numerous wonderful cruises with Lana and their best friend Kathie.


All who knew him would agree that John was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. John did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched were given the chance to become a better person.

John is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lana Craig; his brother Earl Craig (JB); his children Meredith Clanton, Karen Biggs (Brian), Rob Menzies (Sheryl), and Laura Dranguet (Ben) and eight grandchildren: Reed, Amber, Brandon, Garrett, Grace, Grant, Evan and Sara. Also, as lifelong family friends, he is survived by Kathryn Smith, her son Cory Smith (Erin) and grandchildren Allana, Ally, Tyson and Eli.

A Gathering of Family and Friends followed by a Celebration of John's life will be held at Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home in Bastrop, Texas on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 1:00pm.

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"All my love is pointed in your family's direction. John means a lot to me for the many lessons he taught, and the guidance he offered, me as a young man...." Dan Westman (FL)

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