Douglas L. “Doug” Cracraft died July 25, 2006, at his home. He was 72.
Mr. Cracraft was born Sept. 23, 1933 in Hillsborough, Kan to Orrin and Viola Orpin Cracraft. After his schooling, he joined the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was with the Mountaineer Division. He served for seven years in the regular army and ten years in the reserves. He attended college for four years studying forestry and fire science. Mr. Cracraft became a fireman in Pleasanton, Calif. where he retired as a Captain after serving the department for 20 years. On April 20, 1974, he married Jan Gray in Yosemite National Park.
The couple moved to Enterprise where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service for three years near the Hells Canyon as a fire lookout. Mr. Cracraft also served as the Alcohol and Drug Intervention Director in Wallowa County for a time. The couple lived in Enterprise for 15 years before moving to the Walla Walla valley.
He was an avid bicyclist and enjoyed hiking and backpacking. He was a member of the Ingle Chapel Congregational Church.
Mr. Cracraft is survived by his wife Jan Cracraft; son Dion Cracraft of Livermore, Calif.; three daughters Licia Shultz of Marcola, Andrea Dayon of Georgetown, Calif. and Samantha Zender of Pleasanton, Calif.; stepdaughter Jennifer Weber of Oak Harbor, Wash.; stepson Eric Gray of Auburn, Calif.; brother Eddie Cracraft of Alameda, Calif.; six grandchildren; one niece and one grand-niece.
Funeral services have been held.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Wallowa County Chieftain, August, 3, 2006