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Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO

OBITUARY

Donald F. Craigie

September 2, 1944July 22, 2020

Donald Field Craigie, aged 75, passed away peacefully with his wife Kay by his side on July 22, 2020, after several years battling cancer. Born to Donald P. Craigie and Barbara M. Field on September 2, 1944 in Fort Ticonderoga, New York, Don grew up hunting, fishing, trapping, and tapping sugar maple trees in his hometown of Schroon Lake, New York. A 1966 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Don served 28 years in the United States Air Force, including a one-year combat tour in Vietnam flying the F-4 Phantom II. Following his active-duty service, Don worked 14 years in the defense industry and recently as a partner for the baseball and softball academy D-Bat in Colorado Springs. Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kay Howard of Longmont, Colorado; his brother, Ron Craigie of Catskill, New York; his son, Todd; his daughter, Paige; and his five grandchildren: Skylar, Hunter, Cameron, Madison, and Ashlyn. A memorial celebrating Don’s life will be held and live-streamed https://vimeo.com/441141772/29aacf4267 on Sunday, July 26th at 5:00 PM MDT at Academy Christian Church, 1635 Old Ranch Road, Colorado Springs. A by-invitation-only grave-side funeral service will be held at 9:00 AM MDT, Wednesday, August 5th, at the United States Air Force Academy cemetery.

  • DONATIONS

  • Also, in lieu of flowers please make donations in Don’s honor to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or South Pacific Christian Fellowship, PO Box 62911, Colorado Springs, CO 80962.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

Memories

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Shane Mahoney

August 11, 2020

Dear Todd and family, my heart and prayers go out to you. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Norm Rathje

July 30, 2020

Blue skies and tailwinds, Don. Will miss your infectious smile and great sense of humor. Fondest memories of early our AF years in Colorado Springs — and all the mischief we created. Will miss you my friend and fellow aviator. Godspeed.

Dorsey Price

July 29, 2020

I last saw Don in Dayton many years ago! RIP brother! ‘66 Blood That Sticks!

Robert Smock

July 26, 2020

What can words say to express our feelings for the loss of a wonderful man. Not just as an Air Force Officer but as a Man, a Husband,a Father and just as a person who shared what he had with others. We first met Major Donald F. Craigie and his wonderful wife when they took our Daughter into their home to live until she found a place of her own. While our Daughter was staying at their home in the Black hills of Colorado, we were invited to come for a visit from San Antonio,Texas. We were received very warmly and treated like part of his family. Our Daughter always talked about him, and his wife taught our Daughter how to cook and bake wonderful foods. God Bless Donald Craigie and receive him with open arms in Heaven.

Dale Fowler

July 26, 2020

Kay,
Janie and I did not cross roads with you and Don much in the last 54 years , just a couple of reunions. The first 28 years we spent in different parts of the USAF - then we settled in different parts of our great country. Don helped make the 22nd Squadron a "class" act - and - he served his country very well in lots of different ways. We hope you and your family find comfort from the Lord in this time of grief.
Dale & Janie Fowler

Steve Young

July 26, 2020

The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Col Craigie's 28 years of service to our country in the Air Force. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), etc you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO

Steve Young

July 26, 2020

The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Col Craigie's 28 years of service to our country in the Air Force. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), etc you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO

Sid & Sandra Wise

July 26, 2020

I had the privilege of rooming with Don during a semester of our sophomore year at the Air Force Academy. Don was a wonderful roommate, he always set a great example, and his leadership, good nature, and kindness made him well liked by all. While that semester was well over 50 years ago, I still vividly remember that he was head over heels about the beautiful young woman he was dating. Her name was Kay. Kay, our prayers are with you and your family. Sid & Sandra Wise

Ben Medley

July 25, 2020

Don, Crusher as we all knew him was one of those people who when you met him you knew he was of the highest caliber of humankind. He was smart, generous, honest, a family man and a patriot and so much more. Crusher, go rest high on that mountain and give our love to Jesus. Our prayers, thoughts and love to Kay and family.

Betty Haertling

July 25, 2020

Our condolences to Kay and family; you are in our hearts and prayers during this time. The Haertling Family shares many wonderful memories from the time we were neighbors in Ohio. You could not ask for better neighbors; Don and Kay were always there to help in any way they could. I especially remember when The Great Blizzard of 1978 hit Ohio for 3 days. Don and Kay drove 20 miles in their 4 wheel drive Jeep to make sure we were okay. This is the type people they were. Don wrote an amazing introductory letter for our son, and he was accepted at the Air Force Academy. I regret we haven’t kept in touch as the years have passed; we are deeply saddened by the loss of Don.

FROM THE FAMILY

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