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Craig Emerson Adams
Craig Emerson Adams passed away the evening of July 4th, 2022. He was struck by a car while enjoying a bike ride with a lifelong friend.
Craig graduated from Ben Lomond High School in 1964. After training at Utah State University, he worked in aircraft maintenance at Hill Air Force Base for 35 years.
Craig loved sporting activities. He was a lifelong golfer, softball player, biker, skier, hunter, fisherman and an avid fan of the World Series and Olympics.
Craig was an exceptional son, brother, uncle, husband, father and grandfather. He married Kathleen McAllister on November 1st, 1968, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together they raised their three wonderful daughters, Shae, Natasha and Andrea. He taught his children to work hard, to be kind and to never buy a car that wasn’t white. Craig was an extraordinarily involved grandpa who never missed a game, recital or an opportunity to support a family member, no matter how incidental. Every grandchild felt like they were his favorite grandchild — and of course, they were.
Craig also had a remarkable talent for making and keeping friends. He never missed a chance to lend a hand or to make someone feel loved. Beyond his family, Craig’s greatest treasures were his neighbors, church members and dear friends.
Craig was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings, including Bishop, High Councilor and temple ordinance worker. He and Kathy also served a mission together in Cape Verde, West Africa. Language barriers and culture shock were no match for Craig — he dearly loved the people of Cape Verde, and the memories and experiences he had while serving there grew fonder each year.
Craig was known throughout the neighborhood for the care he took with his well-manicured lawn and lush flower beds. He had a keen eye for detail and held himself to an exacting standard in all that he did. He was handy and creative, and loved sharing his talents whenever he could. He was loved for his competitive spirit — victory in a card game or a friendly bet was always sweeter for knowing that Craig never let anyone win.
Craig is preceded in death by his parents, Carroll and Wilma Adams, his sister Coy Oliver, and his in-laws Melvin and Maxine McAllister. He is survived by his wife Kathy and the families of their three daughters: Shae and Mark Oligschlaeger and their children Emerson, Abby (Drew Wilson), Adam and Elder Drew Oligschlaeger; Natasha and Jenness Eldridge and their children Paige (Spencer Balling), Cameron and Ashley; and Andrea and Geoff Radford and their children Luke, JD, Chase and Ty.
Craig’s family is grateful for the outpouring of love and kindness they have received from all after Craig’s sudden passing. His viewing will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary (836 36th Street, Ogden) from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, July 15th. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 16th at the Pleasant Valley 5th Ward chapel (5735 Crestwood Drive, South Ogden), with a viewing at 11:30 AM followed by the funeral program at 1:00 PM. He will be buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.
Service will be livestreamed by the family through Zoom.
Meeting ID: 949 7771 1141
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I met Craig a number of years ago at the Ogden Athletic Club. We automatically became good friends due to our common interests. These include church, sports, and golf. We enjoyed seeing each other at the gym and working out together. We both went through knee operations and offered each other words of encouragement while healing.
My condolences to you and your family. I am sorry for your loss.
Verl Child Jul 24 2022 10:49 PM
I Kathy and family, I’m am sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity to meet Craig while working at the OAC. What a kind and personable man. He had that spirit about him that was caring and polite. Continued prayers for you during this time. He will be watching over you all and will continue to do great work. . 🙏
Virginia Bennett Jul 22 2022 9:56 AM
Kathy, girls and family, we are filled with sorrow to hear of Craigs passing, our thoughts, and comfort is being sent to you through our prayers. A special place among Gods chosen is now his home. Love to you. Dean and Roxina Fischer
Roxina Fischer Jul 19 2022 1:55 PM
I am so sorry to hear about the tragic loss of a great guy. Craig was a very valuable and dedicated employee at Bonneville. But more than that, a friend and just a kind, pleasant and great individual that everyone loved and respected. It is very hard to lose a loved one but I know God has a plan for each of us. Know he will always be close by.
Charlie Hammond Jul 17 2022 8:21 PM
Craig was the heart of the several groups he worked with, traveled with, played with and served with. He will be greatly missed by very many. So sorry for your loss.
Randy Weaver Jul 16 2022 12:47 PM
I was so saddened to read the news of Craig’s passing. He was a man who lifted others and it was always so great to see him. I have so many fond memories of the time we lived near you and the occasional visits in the years after. I always came away feeling so fortunate to have spent time with him. Much love to you, Kathy, and your beautiful family. May that love help sustain you in the days ahead.
Fred Aegerter Jul 16 2022 9:25 AM
Kathy, The Keepsake Memorial photographs show a man surrounded by great love and I suspect it was simply the reflection of the love he freely gave to all. Love ... it is first and always life's only lasting treasure. I am so sorry for your loss and send you prayers of comfort and peace. Reb Fleming
Reb Fleming Jul 15 2022 7:04 PM
My one and only interaction with Craig was meeting him at Abby's wedding reception. Talk about a great first impression! He was so friendly and treated me like a lifelong friend. And we sure love the Oligschlaegers!
Ben Plowman Jul 14 2022 3:05 PM
Kathy, so sorry for your loss. Rod and I loved working beside you at the Ogden Temple. Craig was always so kind and wore a smile on his face. A true gentlemen. He will be greatly missed.
Rod and Carla Staples Jul 13 2022 11:07 AM
Just wanted to let you know that all the guys at the Club will miss Craig's smile, his company, advice and opinions. There will never be another Craig and he will be remembered always. Our sincere condolences.
Bryan Dugger Jul 13 2022 10:35 AM