DR. O. BRIAN CRAIG After a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer, Dr. O. Brian Craig died on January 1, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 69. Dr. Craig is survived by his wife of 36 years, Nancy Craig; his sister Natalie Craig; father-in-law Thomas Hannah; sisters-in-law Laurie Hannah and Kim Hannah (Kenneth Poole); his three children Matthew (Jessica), John (Devon), Margaret (Preston), and Lee Thibodeaux (Chelsey); nieces Kate Kornutiak and Jenna Borges; and his grandchildren Kaley, Madison, Mackenzie, Liam, Isaiah, and Taelyn. He is predeceased by his parents Robert and Carole Craig, and his mother-in- law Eddie Hannah. Dr. Craig was born on September 29, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Craig grew up in Point Loma, CA for his elementary and high school years. He received his bachelors of science in physics and chemistry from University of California, Berkeley and subsequently obtained his medical degree from University of California San Francisco. Those who knew Dr. Craig know that this university tenure was only a formality and that he continued to be a student of life and of every thought provoking subject that crossed his path personally, professionally, spiritually, and recreationally. He had an insatiable passion for reading, writing, learning, and intellectual challenges both of himself and of those around him with an incredible ability to share his knowledge through teaching. After obtaining his M.D. in 1972, Dr. Craig moved to Eureka, CA to begin practicing at St. Joseph’s Hospital Emergency Room where he practiced for 20 years. He then worked at HOEM, and ultimately became the Medical Director of the Eureka Veterans Clinic, where he dutifully practiced until his retirement in June 2013. Outside of his time at work he loved his time spent playing music with Jerry and the Pacemakers, and any other opportunity to pay tribute to Elvis by microphone. Dr. Craig loved music, whether singing it, playing it, and/or writing it. To the very end he remained dedicated to practicing on his beloved Grand Piano. He truly dedicated his life to the service of others, not only as Eureka’s Doctor, but as the proud team doctor for the Eureka High and St. Bernard’s High football teams, as the resident physician for sports and boy scout physicals, and as a humble provider to those veterans who proudly served our country. He was never afraid to serve, never willing to turn away anyone in need, and had the utmost confidence in his ability to perform under pressure. One of his greatest pieces of advice was to always serve your community and that finding such opportunities took looking no further than your own backyard. He also loved his faith and had tremendous respect for his spiritual community, particularly Alan Smith, Bruce Hannel, and Jake Soujah, who gave him great strength during his battle, and to whom he looked up as spiritual giants. Through his faith he knew that eternal glory awaited him, and that he will one day be reunited with his family. Above all else, Dr. Craig’s greatest love and passion was his family. He was an extremely devoted, loyal, and honorable husband and father. His three children Matthew, John, and Maggie were his ultimate measure of success and source of infinite pride. He always maintained that the single best investment that knows no limits is family, and he did everything in his power to ensure his family’s chance at success. He committed his life to service, but he proudly gave his life to family. The family will hold a memorial for Dr. Craig at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 15, 2016 at the LDS Church in McKinleyville, CA, 1660 Heartwood Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to CPMC Foundation, 2015 Steiner Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. Please make checks payable to CPMC Foundation and note on the check that it is for clinical research and patient education at CPMC with Dr. Ari Baron, in memory of Dr. Brian Craig. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under obituaries.
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