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Craig David Bender

May 14, 1981June 4, 2021
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It is with heavy hearts and great sadness, we announce the death of Craig David Bender, of Auburn, California, who passed away on June 4, 2021, at the age of 40, leaving to mourn family and friends. Please take a moment and share a story or leave a sympathy message for the family on this memorial page.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Chapel of the Hills. Please call (530) 885-3773 for more information.

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  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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Julie Brelsford

June 18, 2021

Craig you will be missed by us all but especially by your beautiful family. I remember your big smile and I was so thrilled when you followed into your mom’s and my career. We were both so proud of you, especially your Mom, and I know she remains one of your biggest fan. I pray for peace and healing - you were loved by all that crossed your path.

Cara Vandermiller

June 18, 2021

Cara Vandermiller

June 18, 2021

I wish you didn't leave us so soon. Love you brother. -your baby sister

Kylie Kelly

June 17, 2021

To my dear friend I will miss you! I remember when my father passed you told me "to not be sad about the time I felt I was losing, but to be thankful that I ever had him at all." That stuck with me and sticks with me now in this moment. Not only were you a teacher to me, but you gave me a chance when most would have laughed in my face. You always believed in me, and always always checked in on me even when you moved to Cali. I will miss car rides home from work talking to you on the phone about life, music... but mainly just you showing off what a truly genius person you were. I am thankful to have known you. Thank you for teaching me how to play darts and listening to me vent about work. Thinking of you today and your family. Rest easy my friend

Jennifer Thomas

June 16, 2021

Craig was the absolute best regional I had while we worked together. I will never forget his kind heart and how he supported me through some of my toughest times in life. I’m so saddened by his passing and only wished I could’ve had one last conversation. You will forever be missed my friend!

Rest in love Craig

-Jen

Becki Gardner

June 16, 2021

I met Craig in early 2017. While working with him and getting to know him, it was easy to see that he was passionate and had a genuinely good heart. I was incredibly saddened to hear of his passing. He will be missed!
My sincere condolences to all those who Craig loved.
Rest in peace Craig.

Mark Mitchell

June 16, 2021

I picked up Craig at the airport in February 2018. I sat next to him at work every day for 2 1/2 years after that. Lots of ups and downs, but mostly lots of laughs. One of the biggest laughs was when we were on the golf cart one morning at Welk resort driving toward one of his usual out of bounds balls, and as we drove toward his ball he slammed on the breaks, we did a 720 (two full spins), and landed right in front of his ball. We cried laughing for about 5 minutes straight. I Will never forget that.
I’ll miss you Mr. Bender.
Rest In peace my friend!

Nicole Streich

June 16, 2021

Craig was my friend in Jr High. I will always remember his smile and his unique laugh!!! My condolences to your family!

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