A celebration of the life of Derrek Don Craig of Rawlins will be held Saturday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Meeteetse High School gymnasium. A luncheon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Meeteetse will follow the celebration. Derrek, 44, died Jan. 13, 2016.
He was born April 29, 1971, in Cody, the son of Mildred and Harold Craig of Meeteetse. He graduated from Meeteetse High School in 1990, and continued his higher education at the University of Wyoming where he earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation and park administration.
He married Cathleen Marie Stahl in 1992.
Derrek worked in both the Shoshone and Medicine Bow national forests, maintaining backcountry trails, fighting fires and as a recreation officer.
He graduated from the Wyoming State Police Academy and began his law enforcement career in Casper. He served as a police officer in Encampment, and was promoted to police chief. He served as a Carbon County deputy sheriff, advanced to the rank of sergeant, and then to the rank of captain.
Derrek was a field training officer, member of the S.T.A.R Team, taser instructor and trained and worked with a K-9 officer/partner.
He loved the outdoors, animals and football. He was a loving husband and father who would do anything for his family and friends.
His father, Harold Craig, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Cathleen; one son, Jared Allen Craig; his mother, Mildred Craig; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Andy and Nicki Gitlitz and Mead and Marilyn Davis; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Warren and Jackie Craig and Tracy Craig, and many nieces and nephews.
Donations in Derrek’s memory can be made to: Derrek Craig Memorial Fund, c/o Cathleen Craig, 21 Irma Flats Dr., Cody, WY 82414.