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Michael Dennis Craig

June 1, 1954May 10, 2019
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Michael ‘Mike’ Dennis Craig, 64, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on May 10th, 2019. Michael’s Celebration of Life service will be held on May 20th, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at 710 W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013. His sister, Patricia Marlene Craig of Holdrege, Nebraska will be officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuaries Bethany Chapel. Michael was born in Bakersfield, California on June 1st, 1954. He graduated from Central High School in Phoenix and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College. Michael was married to Verna Kristina Castelli on March 4th, 1978; they were married forty-one years and had one daughter, Jessie Nichole Craig.

Michael was a singer-songwriter and recording artist in the 1970’s. Although later he worked as an Engineering/Equipment Maintenance Technician for ASM America, Intel and Motorola over a span of 18 years, Michael remained active in music recording his own as well as other musicians’ music, running stage sound for live performers, and continued to perform his original songs in creative artist venues. Michael also studied photography and stage makeup at Phoenix College and Arizona State University. He enjoyed doing his own mechanical work on American trucks and European cars. He built and repaired personal computers for family and friends.

Michael is survived by his wife, Verna Kristina (Castelli) Craig, his sister Patricia Marlene Craig of Holdrege, Nebraska, his daughter Jessie Nichole Craig and her partner Ryan Staab of Flagstaff, Arizona; father-in-law Nick Castelli, Sr. of Huntington, West Virginia, brother-in-law Nick Castelli, Jr. of Huntington, West Virginia and his partner Kathy Johnson of Beckley, West Virginia; sister-in-law Vesta Castelli of Columbus, Georgia; nephew Nicholas (Amanda) Urquhart and family of Tifton, Georgia; niece Casey Ann Lynn and family of Columbus, Georgia; cousin Peter Dallas (Sandy) Quibell of Daly City, California; and many other family and friends.

Michael is preceded in death by his mother Violet Louise (Upthagrove) Craig; his father Russell Elvin Craig; and mother-in law Juanita (Morrisett) Castelli.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, May 20, 2019

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Terry and Ken Fricker

May 21, 2019

Jessie,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of you dad. There are no words to comfort you at this time. We are keeping you , your mom, and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself and always remember the good times you had with you dad.
Our deepest sympathy,
Terry and Ken Fricker

Barbara Staab

May 20, 2019

Tina and Jessie, Kevin and I are so sorry for your loss. Looking forward to sharing memories about Mike.

Robert and Kathleen Juliano/ Miller

May 18, 2019

We always enjoyed having Mike and Tina over. Mike playing a bar gig was the only time in the 10yrs i went to a bar.

Janie John Wright Ridenour

May 18, 2019

Tina and Jessie - We were so saddened when we got the news of Mike’s passing. You are in our prayers and on our hearts.
🙏🌹♥️

Tracy Carrillo

May 18, 2019

My heart goes out to Jessie and Tina, as well as the rest of the family. I’ve always known Mike to be a kind, laid back guy with good music taste. I will remember his laugh and smile. May Mike jam out with the angels in heaven.
Love, Tracy Carrillo

Todd Parker

May 17, 2019

Jessie,

I am so sorry for your loss. Though I did not meet your father, he must have been an extraordinary person because he raised an amazing daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We are all very fortunate to have you on our team and we extend our sympathy.

Sincerely,

Todd Parker

Kim Alexander

May 17, 2019

Jessie and Family,

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss and there are no words to ease your pain at this time. Jessie- we are so grateful to have you on our team and are here for you in any way we can help.

Love,
Kim Alexander and all of your colleagues at Northern Arizona Healthcare

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