Craig Alan Keiser - age: 55
(December 29, 1960 to April 12, 2016
"And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored , never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed."
Craig Alan Keiser came into this world on December 29th 1960 in San Diego, Ca. Where he grew up, and he passed away on April 12, 2016 in Ukiah Ca.
Craig spent his middle school years at the Manzanita Ranch, in Trinity County where he met many life long friends, including his best friend Mark McCall. Craig graduated from St. Augustine High School in San Diego in 1979.
Craig served in the United States Army from 1981 to 1984, and was a proud member of the 82nd Airbourne Division as a Military Policeman. Craig was awarded The Army Commendation Medal in 1983 for "meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the country of Grenada."
After leaving the military Craig attended the police academy at the College of the Redwoods in Humboldt County and graduated in 1985. Craig was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office in 1986 where he worked in many capacities until his retirement in 2008.
During the Spring of 1987, something that started as a spark between a deputy and a dispatcher bloomed into what was to become the truest, richest of loves. Craig married Lori Brewster in 1991, and they have lived happily in this beautiful valley since that time. In 1997 Craig and Lori were blessed with their daughter Kaley, who has been a bright light, and who carries her fathers artistic characteristics, and appreciation for beauty.
In his last few years, Craig enjoyed the warmth and satisfaction of acting as site manager for the Waldorf School of Mendocino County, taking pleasure in assisting the wonderful teachers there, and creating magic where he could.
Craig was a protector, and a warrior. Craig was an artist, a poet and a songwriter. Craig was devoted to his family, his county and his Country.
Craig will be in the hearts of his wife Lori and his daughter Kaley forever. He is also survived by his parents, Marsha Franklin, and Duane Keiser, and his brother Gordon, and wife Wendy. Craig loved, and was so loved by his niece and nephew Christopher and Jennifer, his niece Amanda and her mother Nanette, his brother in law Darren, sweet Jaci and countless friends and people he has helped over the years.
A memorial is planned for Wednesday May 18th 2016 at 2:00 PM at Eversole Mortuary in Ukiah, with a reception to follow at 3:30 PM at the Fine Arts Building at the Fairgrounds.