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Obituary for Tommy Jack Craig

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Tommy Jack Craig was born in Bristow, Oklahoma in 1934. He- passed away peacefully on January 25th, 2024, at Hoffman Hospice Care. Tommy was the oldest of two sons born to Clarence and Sarah Lenore Craig. Growing up, he and his brother Joe were best friends. He graduated from Bristow High school, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17. Tommy served in the Navy for four years, mostly in the South China Sea during the Korean War. When he came home on leave, he began dating Mary Wheeler. They married in 1955 and had many happy years together.

They had two children, Jack in 1956 and Karen in 1958. In 1957, they moved to North Texas where Tom worked for Shamrock Oil and Gas. In 1964, Shamrock Oil and Gas locked their gates due to a prolonged strike. The family then moved to California where Tom was offered a job by Richfield Oil and Gas in late 1964. He and his family lived in the small town of New Cuyama which was a wholesome town for raising children. Tom loved to read, especially about early frontiersmen and Native American culture. After the children were raised and gone, Tom was still working for Richfield, which had become Atlantic Richfield. He retired at the age of 65.

Tom and Mary had been married for 43 years. The marriage ended, and Tom moved to Wofford Heights, California. Tom became involved with the local historical society, continuing his interest in Native American culture. A few years later, Tom would meet Patricia Davis of Bakersfield.
They were both from Oklahoma and they discovered they had much in common. They both loved country music, travel, and going to local casinos. They would take many trips together visiting Arizona, Utah, and their native Oklahoma. Tom suffered health issues throughout the years, and after Patricia passed away, his health declined greatly. He would spend the last few months of his life being cared for by his son.

He is survived by his son Jack Craig, his daughter Karen Moore (Rick), four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He was loved and will be missed by all. The family would like to thank Hoffman Hospice and its staff for the wonderful care he received there.

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