Marvin Edward Craig 1925-2019
Marvin Edward Craig was born December 11, 1925 in the farm home of James and Doris Edrie (Moss) Craig and went to his eternal home August 28, 2019. He was the middle child of three. Marvin’s parents purchased a quarter of land and a 1 room sod house in 1934.
Marvin’s schooling began at the Fremont school and ended at the Flagler school his junior year with the call to the service of the US Army during WWII. Basic training was at Mineral Wells TX and then he was shipped to the Philippines. He was part of a unit assigned to the great water supply for Manila. While in the Philippines they were preparing to invade Japan when the treaty was signed. He then finished his service with the 603 Medium Tank Company in Japan. Marvin was honorably discharged from the army and arrived home in November 1946. Just in time for a winter that dumped 4 foot of snow on the area.
Marvin met the love of his life after his return from the war. He married Joan Rae Fisher on September 12, 1951 in Raton, New Mexico. When they returned home they learned of the Air Show disaster in Flagler where many friends were lost. They immediately started helping neighbors drill and finish their harvests.
The newlyweds moved into a sod house with the dream of building a new home. With wind, and crop failure the home was finally completed in 1960. Much of the work was done by Marvin and Joan themselves. In 1954 the couple welcomed their first son, Gary Edward, to the family and in 1956 Ricky Lane, in 1960 Mark Eugene, James Weston in 1962 and Delman Jay in 1965.
Marvin and Joan’s spiritual life began in the Sunnydale Free Evangelical Church where they accepted Christ as their Savior. The Craig family donated the Fremont school building to the Church for a parsonage and Marvin used his many carpentry skills to turn the building into a home. Marvin served on the church board for many years and he and Joan were also Youth Leaders.
Marvin loved to hunt and fish. He made many trips to the mountains to go elk and deer hunting. He taught each of sons to love hunting and enjoy the outdoors also.
Marvin was a loving and supportive father. He was always involved with his sons’ school projects, FFA projects and their sports activities. The sons began to take over the farming and ranching and Marvin and Joan began to travel across the country with a 5th wheel trailer. They visited almost every state in the union including Alaska. They traveled with Marvin’s cousin and his wife and enjoyed the relationship built there. They also traveled to many Army reunions where they made many close and dear friends. They also enjoyed 3 cruises to Alaska, Panama, and Novia Scotia.
Marvin became house bound in later years and entered the Washington County Nursing home where he resided for 3 months.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jamie and Doris, Sister Inez Payne and brother-in-law Lloyd Payne, brother-in- law Albert Meyers, and his sons Ricky and Gary.
Left to mourn his death is his wife of 67 years and 11 months, Joan Craig. His sons, Mark Craig (Diana) of Cope, James Craig (Katie) of Flagler and Delman Craig (Terri) of Cope. Grandchildren Emily McCaffrey (Nathan) of Vona and children Amber and Austin, Rachael Flammio of Littleton, Nathan Craig (Hannah) of Cope and children Peyton and Caiden, Larissa Craig of Dodge City KS, Chance Craig of Sterling CO and Kelsi Craig of Flagler. Sister Margaret Meyers of Parker CO along with many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Seibert Community Center in Seibert, Colorado. A private family inurnment with Military Honors will be held at the Flagler Cemetery prior to the memorial service. Memorial donations may be made to the Cope Community Church.