Glen Ralph Craig

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2006

Former Juneau resident Glen Ralph Craig died Feb. 14, in Fallon, Nev., in his sleep after a brief illness.

He was born Nov. 8, 1919, in the San Joaquin Valley of California and grew up in Orange Cove. At the beginning of World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy. He saw combat action in the South Pacific theater and was honorably discharged at the war's conclusion. He married Barbara Sheridan in 1944.

After the war, he worked as a cattle rancher, wheat farmer and building contractor. He and his family sailed the Inside Passage on the Denali in 1959 and resided on their boat in downtown Juneau until 1972. He was a master carpenter and built many of the display cabinets, the Tlingit Longhouse exhibit and the mining exhibit at the Alaska State Museum.

After leaving Juneau, he and Barbara moved to their home at Little Goldstream Creek near Nenana. He enjoyed prospecting, and he owned and operated both hard-rock and placer mines in Alaska, Idaho and Nevada. He later took up sled dog mushing and ran his team in the Yukon Quest sled dog race. He built rock walls, fireplaces and log cabins. He enjoyed traveling the West and spent his final winters in Arizona.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara; his daughter, Sheri Lundell of Portland, Ore.; his sons, Chuck Craig of Juneau, Bob Craig of Fallon, Nev., and Joe Craig of Elfin Cove; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service was held in Fallon. Cards and letters may be sent to Barbara Craig at 365 West A St., Room 24, Fallon, Nev. 89406.

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