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Hugh Craig

September 27, 1930 ~ June 9, 2021 (age 90)

Obituary

Hugh Edgar (Ed) Craig of Loveland, Colorado passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, still wanting, we are sure, to watch just one more baseball game. Ed was born in Joplin, Missouri where he began developing his boyish good looks, his skill at sports, his quiet stubborn streak, and his keen, but droll sense of Missouri humor. He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America, was the captain of his High School football team and lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. Though he swore he never studied and only barely managed in school, he was nevertheless inducted into the Honor Society. As a member of the Pittsburg Browns of the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri Minor League baseball team during the summer of 1948, he watched Mickey Mantle blaze through the league and realized the futility of his own sports ambitions. He served in the Navy during what he called, "an all-expense paid cruise around Europe", then entered the University of Colorado and managed to obtain a degree in Physics which he assured us was actually "Arts and Parties". While there, he met Mary, the quiet schoolteacher from Vermont, flashed her a smile or two, and charmed her into marrying him - because, as Mary says, "I had a car." Since his professional sports dreams had not come to pass, he settled for exploring the heavens and was eventually involved in the Skylab Space Station Program, the Viking mission that was the first to land on Mars, and the Magellan mission team that sent a spacecraft to Venus, receiving several awards from NASA for his efforts. Fond of hiking and exploring, Ed was never one to follow the paths of others, often dragging Mary or the family along with him. During all those adventures, though, he always found his way, and we are certain even now he is still happily charting his own paths, still winking at the universe with that Missouri twinkle in his eyes. Besides his loving wife, Mary, Ed leaves behind his 4 grateful children Pamela Marshall (Robert) of Wellington, Colorado; David (Laurie) of Olympia, Washington; Sharon Brenner (Steve) of Granby, Colorado; George (Kristy) of Conifer, Colorado; 7 grandchildren and a growing tide of great-grandchildren. Donations can be made to the Nature Conservancy. An open house will be held at the Craig residence in Loveland on Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. 

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