Obituary of Craig Edlund |

Obituary of Craig Edlund

Craig Edlund passed peacefully at dawn on the morning of Jan. 26 at his residence in Napa, in the company of his children, Eric Edlund and Brynna Columb. He was recently taken ill by pneumonia and had been battling Parkinson’s disease for many years. He was 72 years old. Craig was a resident of Nevada County since 1990 and prior to that had frequently visited the area as far back as the 1970s. He was a lover the outdoors, a supporter of SYRCL, and a longtime

member of the Sierra Club. As a young man in the Bay Area, he was a member of the National Speleological Society, and his passion exploring caves persisted throughout his life until he was diagonosed with Parkinson’s. Craig was a member of the Nevada County Parkinson’s support group. He and friend Pamela Hall developed an interest in Hinduism and became devotees of Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma). Together they started a devotional satsang group in Nevada County.

As a young man, he studied geology and engineering at the College of Marin, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and the University of New Mexico. Though he never completed an advanced degree, he was a member of

the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and was one of the last people to receive SME certification without an engineering degree. Throughout his life, Craig was the owner/operator of numerous small manufacturing businesses

and built three houses in Oregon in the late 70s. While a resident of Nevada County, he was proprietor of Precision Optical Filters, and constructed and remodeled multiple houses in Grass Valley and Nevada City.

A private memorial service will be held for Craig on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 30. Please contact Eric at or 617-894-1844 if you would like additional information.

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