Enid News & Eagle
Craig Douglas Smith, well known Craig School Band Instructor, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., following a brief illness. He was 64.
Craig was born Sept. 22, 1946, in Winfield, Kan., the son of Rodney E. and Billy Lou (Pate) Smith.
He was raised and attended school in Ponca City, Okla. Following high school Craig attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree and then Southwestern Oklahoma State University for his master’s degree.
Craig married Linda L. Bowen April 5, 1968, in Mooreland, Okla. They made their home first in Rolla, Kan., and then Fairview, Geary and Enid, Okla., where Craig was the high school band instructor. In all of these communities Craig also served as song leader at Church of Christ. They moved to Craig, Colo., nine years ago and Craig became the band instructor at Craig Middle School.
He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and singing in the barbershop quartet but his favorite pastime was his job. Craig was a member of NEA, SPEBSQSA and Moffat County Education Association, where he had served as its president. Craig also worked for Holiday Inn as the head driver for their airport shuttle.
Craig is survived by his wife, Linda L. Smith, Craig, Colo.; sons, Deron Vincent Smith and wife Kari of Loveland, Colo., Cyrus Smith, Dallas, Texas, and Brandon Smith and fiancé Jody Erickson, Loveland, Colo.; two grandchildren, Isabella Marie and Addyson Lynn; sister, Carol Iraggi and husband Jim, Ponca City, Okla.; his mother, Billy Lou Smith, Ponca City, Okla.; niece, Rita Sheffield and husband Mike, Amarillo, Texas; nephews, Steve Syms of Craig, Colo., and Walter Syms and wife Martha, Woodward, Okla.; and brother-in-law, Russell Bowen and wife Sandy, Richardson, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father; a daughter, Angela Lynn; and brother, Roger.
A memorial service was held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2011, at Moffat County High School Auditorium. Arrangements by Grant Mortuary, Craig, Colo.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Craig Smith Memorial Fund for the Instrumental Music Program at the Moffat County Schools at any Bank of the West or by sending the donation to the following address: Bank of the West, 139 East Victory Way, Craig, CO 81625.
(Submitted by family)