Craig Dimitri LUKSHIN
February 13, 1969 – September 13, 2020
Craig Dimitri LUKSHIN was born on February 13, 1969 and passed away on September 13, 2020 and is under the care of Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home.
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Craig Dimitri LUKSHIN
October 10, 2020
I first met Craig when I started working at Good Eats Cafe in 1998 or 1999. I immediately liked him, with his easy smile and sarcastic sense of humor. After he left, I followed him to go work at Wildfire in Georgetown. He left to work at Geaux Fish (just across the square) and I visited him and the staff there often, sharing drinks after work. When he left to go manage Texture downtown, he asked if I would come work for him, and I agreed. Craig was more than a great boss-- he was a good friend and a good man.
I mostly lost touch with him in the years after our time in the bar, but I managed to meet up with him a handful of times. His smile and bear hugs will stay with me always.
Happy trails, friend. Hope to see you again.
October 9, 2020
Craig and I met, he would say in 1997, when I worked at Fado. I moved to Kansas City right after that, and returned to Austin the Spring of 1999. 1999 was my first memory of meeting and working with Craig. He was managing at Wildfire and he was an awesome leader and friend . He always kept us laughing. He later worked at Geaux Fish, where I saw him often. When he left the restaurant he managed Texture, a downtown dance club. I left the restaurant business in 2002, and started at the Lumbermen’s Association of Texas (LAT). When Craig left Texture and was taking a break to figure out what he wanted to do for work, I knew we had a position open at LAT and he would be a great fit. There started the last 18 years of work for Craig. I left the LAT in 2003. Craig and I have been great friends since spending our days together at LAT and after. We have been to New Orleans twice, and Vegas once. I always wished I had had more paid time off to travel like Craig did. He took a big vacation every year. He loved his dog, Jones, and his previous dog, Sam, he loved baseball, girls, craft beer, coconut monkeys and trains. He was happy with his job and kind to all of his friends.
Some of my best memories were every Christmas from 2002 – 2015. We would go to his moms and bake & decorate gingerbread cookies then cruise neighborhood Christmas lights. This became a tradition, and when his mom passed in 2016, I know that was the hardest thing in the world for Craig. He has been carrying that sadness for the last 4 years. We still had lunch every few months, up until the quarantine, the last time to celebrate his 51st birthday. Quarantine increased phone calls, so I am grateful for the last few months of the time I got to spend chatting with Craig. He loved me, and I loved him. He was a super great friend and always supportive and I will miss him so much. But I am at peace knowing he is much better off in body and mind where he is and can be with his mom. And Sam the Dog.
October 8, 2020
Craig and I became friends in high school, best friends in college. We were horrible influences on each other and it was great! I'm convinced he would have never graduated U.T. if he hadn't moved home for his last year in college. In 1993 I moved to Waco to start my career, from that point on I think I was known as Waco Jeff to all of Craig’s Austin buddies. It was expensive to talk back then but we still kept in touch. Once cell phones came out we talked alot more. Somewhere along the way we both ended up with jobs where we could talk 30 min or 2 hours on almost a daily basis. We hadn't seen each other much or really gone anywhere together more than 10 times in 20 years. However, the phone calls and then texts kept coming back and forth almost on a daily basis. Every day I think of something I want to call him or text him about. Most of time it's a sports thing, sometimes its politics. This week I went down a George Michael you tube rabbit hole, and then later in the week an Eddie Van Halen one. I miss calling my calling friend and talking about these types of important issues. We talked about nothing and yet it meant everything. Love ya big guy.
October 1, 2020
I've know Craig since we both worked at Good Eats Cafe. At the time, I never thought I'd look back on Good Eats with nostalgia. I mistakenly thought it was just a time I had to get through on the way to bigger and better things. But now I often think back on those times and the many characters that filled that space - especially Craig. I suspect many others feel the same. I vividly remember the day he started there and how quickly he became the center of that time and place for me and most everyone there. Sometimes I wish I could go back and spend a day there - just not a brunch shift. I still have nightmares I'm buried in drink orders.
Craig was a big person and had a bigger than life personality. I will miss his quirkiness and unique sense of humor. That nostalgic time is long gone and now Craig is too, but so many of us "graduates" of the Good Eats Cafe school of life will keep on remembering. I truly regret that our paths didn't cross more in the years that followed.
So long Craiger, I hope Sam the dog was there to meet you on the other side.