Arthur A. Craig
Arthur A. Craig, a lifelong resident of Buckley, passed away May 5 in St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma following a bout with cancer. Art, 68, was born June 25, 1935 in Buckley. He joined Rainier Junior Odd Fellows Lodge in Buckley in 1947 and worked his way to the premier position in Odd Fellowship — Sovereign Grand Master of the World — in 2000. Art was Past Grand Master for the Odd Fellows in Washington, serving as Grand Master in 1983-84. He was elected Grand Secretary for the organization in 1992 and served in that capacity until his passing.
Art joined Rainier Junior Lodge No. 13 of Buckley in July of 1947. He worked his way through the ranks and served as Grand Ruler of Washington in 1956. He became active with youth and volunteered his services as advisor while attending the University of Washington in Seattle.
Art was a member of Buckley Odd Fellows Lodge No. 75 and has served as Noble Grand many times. He was the current Secretary of his home lodge and was a member and Past Noble Grand of Eola Rebekah Lodge No. 63 in Buckley. He was a member and Past Chief Patriarch of Buckley Encampment No. 40 and was a Lieutenant Colonel Retired of Canton Tacoma No. 4 in Tacoma.
Art's work and dedication to Odd Fellowship did not force him to neglect his community. In 1983 and 1984, he served on the Enumclaw Memorial Hospital Board and spearheaded a fund-raiser to build a badly needed facility. Each year, he adopted two children at Christmastime to provide them a special holiday.
In August of 1997, Art was named Citizen of the Month for the City of Buckley. He remained very active in the community with the Grand Lodge Office located in the city center of Buckley.
He was selected as an Honored Member of Who's Who Among Outstanding Americans in 1995 and 1996 and is listed in the United States Registry.
Being of Scottish descent, he was an active member of the Clan Craig and was active with the Scottish Country Dancers.
Art graduated from the University of Washington and was in the freight business. He worked for 20 years in the trucking industry in management positions and then became a partner in a trucking company.
Art was a 50-year member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, serving as Secretary of the Buckley Eagles for many years. He was a current member of the Orting Eagles. He also was a Mason, belonging to Western Cascade Lodge #61 of Buckley.
Art is survived by his sister, Loletta McCormick and her husband John of Buckley; two nephews, R. Thomas McFadden of McMinnville, OR and David R. McFadden of Kent; and three great nieces, Katherine, Jessica and Molly McFadden.
A memorial and celebration of Art's life will be held at the Buckley Eagles Aerie 1387 on Sunday, June 6 at 1 p.m.
Memorials may be sent to the Grand Lodge of Washington, P.O. Box
Buckley, WA 98321.