Craig Arthur Sanford died July 21 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. He was 62.

In accordance with his wishes, no services will be held. Plans for a celebration of life are pending.

Craig was born Nov. 5, 1945, in Dallas. He served his country in Vietnam. He was a corporal specialist in marksmanship.

After his military service, he attended DeAnza College where he received his degree in drafting.

He was a manufacturing engineering consult with Extreme Engineering in Newcastle and Best Trailer Manufacturing in Grass Valley.

Craig was very involved in his children’s lives as a Boy Scout leader and soccer, Little League, and as a softball coach.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

His spirited fight against his disease was admired by all who knew him.

Craig is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kristie and Pete Womble of Tennessee; daughter, Sarah Sanford of Grass Valley; son, Kevin of Arizona and grandson, Trevor; stepson and daughter-in-law, Chris and Chloe Carnes and grandson, James Carnes of Grass Valley; stepdaughter, Stephanie Carnes of Grass Valley; devoted friend, Claudia Sanford of Grass Valley; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Rod Smith of Paradise; nephew, Dean Smith of New Mexico; sister, Marsha Marcotte and niece, Amber Leigh Marcotte of Camino; sister-in-law, Cheryll Schutt of Citrus Heights and niece, Leslie Ruiz of Lincoln; his Hewlett Packard family and many caring friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis, and father, James.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley

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