OBITUARY

Craig W. Maupin

October 21, 1969August 7, 2019
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On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, Craig W. Maupin, passed away at his home at the age of 49.

He was born on October 21, 1969, in Charlottesville, VA, to Bill and Karen Maupin. He is also survived by a sister, Kristine Balasic, brother-in-law, Dan Balasic, niece, Grace Balasic, and nephew, Luke Balasic, and Grace’s fiancé Mac Mann from Burlington, NC. His loving great aunts, Mary Lou Kuntz, Latrobe, PA, and Mackie Maupin, Barboursville, VA.

Craig contracted a debilitating illness at the age of 17, but was able to complete an online bachelor’s degree with honors from Mary Baldwin University and an MBA from Marist College also with honors over a long period causing him much physical suffering. Craig was so kind, loved people, and was always wise beyond his years. Craig loved his family and especially enjoyed talking with them and always made everyone laugh with his jokes. He enjoyed looking at God's creation and would recognize the beauty of ordinary things that most people take for granted. He enjoyed playing the guitar, looking at wild animals in the yard, and fishing when he was able. Because of his keen intellect, he continued to study and was a master of many subjects. He knew his Lord and Savior intimately; therefore, he knew his eternal destiny would be in heaven to live forever without suffering and pain. He was a member of Berean Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted at Teague Funeral Home, Charlottesville, VA, on Monday, August 12, 2019, at 2pm, with family greeting hour prior. Burial will immediately follow at Monticello Memory Gardens. A friend, Pastor Stephen VanValkenburg, will officiate at the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Gifts for Craig can be given at www.ChristianAid.org, designated “In Memory of Craig Maupin”. By phone contributions can be made “In Memory of Craig Maupin” at (434) 977-5650.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Daniel Balasic
  • Mac Mann
  • Troy Deeds
  • Joel Hockensmith
  • Pastor Heath Spivey
  • Pastor Clay Spivey

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 12, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 12, 2019

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, August 12, 2019

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Cat McPherson

January 31, 2020

I am only learning today from the Mary Baldwin University magazine about Craig’s passing. I was his professor and advisor during his time studying at MBU, and he was one of the brightest, most inquisitive students I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Craig loved to learn and he challenged me to be a better teacher through his desire to always be better himself. His impact during his short time on this earth was great, and I’ll always remember his smile and kind heart. Blessings to his family.

Penny Allen

December 7, 2019

The protocol for our conversations was that Craig would call me when he could, so when I didn't hear from him for so long with no reply to emails, I began to search the internet found this heartbreaking news.

As a medical writer, I spent the later part of my career covering interstitial cystitis. ME/CFS occurs more often in people with IC, and it shares some characteristics and even some of the same researchers. When I was looking for perspective on some of that research, I came across Craig's website, asked him a question, and the conversation began.

It transitioned from the intellectual discussions of the research and patients' medical and social difficulties to the chats that friends have about the joys and challenges of our lives. I cheered him on though his remarkable achievements of getting his undergrad and graduate degrees, delighted in his stories about his childhood and his fishing trips with his dad, shared our love of nature, and helped him identify birds that he would see and hear.

Craig was a bright, bright light in my life. It is so painful that it has gone out, but I know that our pain will transform to gratitude for Craig and how he touched our lives.

My love and condolences to his family and all who loved him.

Eileen Holderman

September 20, 2019

Dear Maupin Family:

I am deeply sorry for the loss of Craig.

Craig was a fellow advocate for ME whom I got to know over many years and shared numerous meaningful conversations and collaborations with.

I will miss his kindness, intelligence, determination and compassion.

Our ME community lost a lovely person and great advocate but his contributions to advocacy and reporting live on.

Sending love and prayers,

Eileen

Tori Vanderville

August 13, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. 🙏🏽

Phyllis McAllister

August 12, 2019

Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was so terribly sorry to hear this.
Phyllis

Eddie Hammer

August 11, 2019

Craig was a very special person, friend an a blessing to all who knew him will miss our fishing an his letters that always put a smile on my face ♥️ I'll see you again until then don't catch them all buddy!🎣💔

Judy W

August 11, 2019

I did not know Craig personally, but I am a Sister in Christ and fellow sufferer with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue subdrome. What's a small world is that I was born in Norfolk in March 1969 and him in Charlottesville, in October the same year. Craig, if you're watching over while these are being read I know your mind knows all now but I can't help to want to search for the link with CFS and where we were born . This disease is awful and mine made worse when I broke my neck nine years ago and that Fentanyl patch almost killed me . Im still hanging on Craig and I know your family's hurting to figure out how life will go on without you, but rest assured that if by the grace of God someone finds the cure or our fight leads the powers that be to realize we are as in bad shape or worse than those with Multiple Sclerosis, WE WON'T FORGET YOUR FIGHT WITH US! Rest well and I'll Meet You In The Morning Just Inside The Eastern Gate!!

Candy Feathers

August 9, 2019

Craig was my dearest friend for the last 36 years. He was one of those very special people that God used to encourage everyone around him. He was gentle, witty and very wise. His loss is a great one not only for me but most especially for his family that he loved with all his heart. I’ll see you in heaven someday, my friend.

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Craig greatly enjoyed watching wildlife.

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