Dave Craig was born on June 5, 1947, in Clovis, New Mexico. Dave was 72 years old when he passed away after a horse incident that took place at his home on May 18.
Dave was born to Wanda and John Craig in Clovis, New Mexico; however, he spent most of his childhood in Las Vegas, New Mexico with his three siblings and other family members. Dave began his college education at New Mexico Highlands University. Later transferring to Casper College where he met the love of his life Sally who he married in 1968. Dave continued his education at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University earning a Master’s Degrees in electronics and industrial technologies.
Dave taught at Farmington High School in New Mexico and Chadron College in Nebraska. Eventually, Dave went into the gas and oil business as a drilling and production engineer. Dave made the last step in his career as a teacher at Campbell County High School and Gillette College. Most recently, he completed his certificate in operational drilling technology.
One of Dave’s lifelong passions was rodeo. He competed for years as a bareback bronc rider and team roper in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, eventually becoming a Gold Card member. Combining his love of rodeo and educating, Dave coached several winning rodeo teams at Chadron State University.
Dave is survived by his wife Sally Rankin Craig of Gillette, his daughters Lisa Renee Tumminello from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Karina Fenderson from Flagstaff, Arizona, and Alicia Vargo from Flagstaff, Arizona, grandchildren Faith Haglin, Kristen Fenderson, David Powers, Caleb Powers, Drew Fenderson, Alexandra Berto, Bowden Tumminello, Skylar and Brayden Vargo. He also leaves behind his three siblings, Carroll Craig, Dan Craig, and Kathy Foust. Dave’s nieces and nephews were as valued as his own children and he loved taking them in, talking with them, and being a support. Dave is loved by many more – family members, friends and kindred spirits.
Dave is preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Ryan Shay, and his grandson Kai Jaxon Vargo.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, June 5 at the Craig home in Gillette Wyoming. The service was officiated by Father Bryce Lungren and Father Cliff Jacobson.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made in Dave’s name to benefit the John Paul II Catholic School/ Dave Craig Scholarship Fund or Wyoming High School Rodeo Association/ Dave Craig Scholarship Fund. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed on their website.