OBITUARY

Dr. Donald Craig

October 17, 1932August 10, 2010

Donald R. Craig, M.D. passed away after a brief illness on August 10, 2010. He was 77. Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. August 14, 2010 at First United Methodist Church of Lubbock with Dr. Craig Curry and Rev. Marisue Smith presiding. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Resthaven Funeral Home, 5740 19th St. Donald was born October 17, 1932 in Elk City, Oklahoma to Dan Craig and Mida Gibens Craig. Orphaned at the age of 4, he grew up in the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco with three of his siblings. Don graduated with honors from Waco High School, attended the University of Texas in Austin. He completed his medical training at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1957. Don married Delia Ann Asberry in 1957. They were married for 53 years. They spent three years in Germany when Don was in the Army Medical Corp. They returned to Dallas in 1961 where he completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Medical Center. In 1963 Don and Dee moved to Lubbock where he established a private practice in pediatrics which lasted 20 years. Don was part of the TTU Health Science Center from its inception in 1979. He volunteered in the Pediatric Clinic for 10 years and eventually cut back his private practice to devote more time to the clinic. He eventually gave up private practice entirely to chair the Health Sciences Pediatric Clinic, where he remained for 6 years. Don also enjoyed lecturing in the Pediatric Department at TTUHSC and continued until 2005. He also was the volunteer director of the Lubbock Muscular Dystrophy Clinic for 20 years. Don was president of the Lubbock-Crosby-Garza County Medical County Medical Society and served on the Lubbock County Health Board and the Ronald McDonald House Board. He was a member of the Lubbock Rotary Club. Don was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lubbock for 47 years. He helped pioneer the Mexico Mission Ministry at the church, bringing his compassion to children and their parents. He was an avid supporter and volunteer for FUMC’s Second Helpings ministry for five years. He was honored in 2005 as a Mission Hero of First United Methodist Church. In 1997 Don was named a Distinguished Alumnus by Methodist Children’s Home Alumni Association, which he continued to support during his adult life. Aside from his family and busy professional life, Don enjoyed participating in sports. He began jogging before running shoes were created. He played tennis and biked. He loved snow skiing, especially with his family. His yard and garden were a source of pride. He is survived by his wife, daughter Dana Hornung and granddaughter Heather of Tacoma WA; son David Craig of Denver, CO and grandchildren Austin and Holly of San Antonio, TX; daughter Carol Craig Reifsnyder and son-in-law Andrew, and grandchildren Erin and Emery of Austin, TX; and son Richard Craig of Lubbock. He also is survived by two sisters, Louise Broadbelt of Hersey, PA and Lorene Thomas of Little Rock, AK. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Stella Wells of Little Rock, AK and his brother Col. Dan Craig of San Antonio, TX. He was well-loved and will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched. The family suggests memorials to, the Texas tech Department of Pediatrics, 3601 4th Street, MS 9406, Lubbock, TX 79430 or to FUMC’s Second Helpings Ministry, 1411 Broadway, Lubbock, TX, 79401.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 14, 2010
  • Visitation Friday, August 13, 2010
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Dr. Donald Craig

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Reba Norris

September 3, 2010

Dr. Craig was my children's pediatrician starting in 1978. He was also the pediatrician to my sister and sister-in-laws children. He was the best, we could not have picked anyone better. He was definitely one a kind. I remember all his words of wisdom, and followed every word he said, that's how much I believed in him! He will surely be missed.

Elizabeth Andrews Sanders

August 26, 2010

Dr. Craig was my pediatrician, and I have many good memories of the care he gave me. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. May all of his family feel God's comfort in this time of loss.

August 25, 2010

I am so sorry at the passing of Dr. Craig. He was my childrens pediatrician beginning in 1966. I am so thankful for the care and compassion he gave. He will be missed. Praise God for his life. Sallie Stephens, Lubbock Texas

August 19, 2010

Dee--
Don was special to the kids and a great friend of ours. He will always be remembered for his caring involvement with both the girls. Our prayers are with you. May God Bless you, The Braxtons

Sandi Braun

August 19, 2010

To the beautiful Craig family - So sorry to hear the news. I have such fantastic memories of Dr Craig and all the rest of you whom I have not seen in so many years. I still think of you all mesmerized around the TV whenever there is a good tennis match on! And to think I never realized what a humanitarian and achiever your dad was in addition to being such a great father. big hugs to all.

August 18, 2010

Dr.Craig will be missed he was a wonderful doctor and a beautiful person.

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joe and debbie alcorta

August 16, 2010

Dee - I am so sad that you have had to say goodbye to Dr. Craig. I told JennaSue, Justin and Jacob and if they'd known about it in time we all would have been at the services. He was very dear to us and I feel he saved JennaSue's life "more than once"...she was always getting into stuff...and making medical history throughout much of her "baby days"...but my boys refused to stop seeing you even when they grew up...I remember how you would let them in the back door after hours...We will certainly remember our experiences with you guys. Hope you can manage to live life without your dear partner...it will be hard. Love you all -- Joe, Debbie, Justin, Jacob, and JennaSue Alcorta. :(

Erin Steed

August 16, 2010

Blessings and prayers to the large loving family Dr. Craig leaves here on earth. Dr. Craig was my doctor from the day I was born till I left for college. I remember many times he met us at his office on a Saturday to treat my asthma attacks and keep us from having to go to the ER. He was a wonderful, caring man and blessed countless lives. What a proud legacy to leave behind. God bless you all.

Todd, Lisa, Beka, & Tell Rutledge

August 16, 2010

Dee, I was so sad to hear of the death of Dr. Craig. You both have meant so much to our family. I feel honored to have known and had him as my childrens doctor.

Sandra Rosendo

August 16, 2010

My condolences to his family, he was my daughters first doctor 18 years ago. He was so friendly. He will be missed.
Sandra & Devlin