Craig Mitchell Nosal
February 16, 1948 – May 4, 2018
Craig Mitchell Nosal, age 70, was born on February 16, 1948. He passed away peacefully with his family at his side at Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, May 4th, 2018, as a result of congestive heart failure. He was a graduate of R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at UT Arlington. He continued his education and earned a Masters in mathematics from UTA, and a Masters in economics from Michigan State University. He completed his education earning a PhD in Economics from SMU in Dallas, Texas. He was a long time employee of both Otis Engineering Corporation and Verizon.
Craig is preceded in death by his father, Theodore Joseph Nosal and his mother, Edythe Pearl Craig Nosal. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Vickie Dawn Nosal and his three devoted daughters, Amber Crocker and her husband Trey, Tracy Harris and her husband Nathan, and Abby Thornton and her husband Jeromey. He is also survived by his brother, Dennis Nosal and his wife Judy, and his sister Sharon Rodgers. Grandpa Craig aka “Papa” also leaves behind six precious grandchildren, Austin, Hannah, Nolen, Cory, Dylan, and Jameson, whom he enjoyed spoiling with numerous “treats” and loved with all his sweet heart.
Craig was first and foremost an incredibly patient, kind, and generous man to all who knew and loved him. He leaves behind many loving friends and coworkers. He loved traveling, and even worked abroad in Australia. He was very civic minded and delivered Meals on Wheels twice a week. He loved serving others and helped form the Neighborhood Watch in his local area. He and Vickie belonged to a weekly neighborhood Life group, and he attended Planet Fitness several times a week where he enjoyed the great friendships he made there. He was an avid fan of The Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and Michigan State Spartans. Craig was our entire family’s Knight in Shining Armor, and we will miss him dearly.
A Memorial Service honoring Craig will be held at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, officiated by Reverend Walter Harms.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request donations be made to the American Heart Association at donatenow.heart.org
- American Heart Association
- Memorial Service Saturday, May 19, 2018
Craig Mitchell Nosal
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May 26, 2018
I was an employee of Otis Engineering for 15 years where I met Craig. He was managing the Data Processing Department so I asked Craig if there was a possibility that I could join his department as a Jr. Programmer. My background was in Journalism so I had no formal education in that area. He actually encouraged me to apply and I received on the job training from him and other members of the department. It changed my professional life forever. I moved from programming to Data Base Administration and later served as a Director over an IT department. If it wasn't for his encouragement and kindness, I would never have achieved my professional success.
Although we lost touch over the years, I have often thought about Craig and the group he managed at Otis with fondness. He promoted both a great learning atmosphere and a positive work environment that we all loved. In my 30 years of IT, I never encountered a better manager. Thanks Craig. You will be missed.
May 12, 2018
I would like to share my favorite memory of dear Craig. I am one of his many friends at Planet Fitness. Birthdays are acknowledged in our group. On one of my recent birthdays I requested wrapped presents that cost not more than $1. On the big day I received a huge box from Craig full of about 20 individual colorful bags, each of them containing items from the $1 store to make me feel young again! Cotton candy, pez sticks and the best surprise - lots and lots of little, yellow, rubber, bouncy baby chicks! Always will be my favorite birthday memory! Thank you Craig for being the most thoughtful person we know! We will all miss you!
May 12, 2018
It was so wonderful to see cousin Craig a few years ago in Chicago! What a great guy! Love to Vickie and the family. God Bless!