Charles"Choc" George Craig

Born: Wed., Mar. 31, 1948
Died: Thu., Sep. 27, 2018


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Mon., Oct. 01, 2018
Location: Burns Mortuary

Funeral Mass

9:00 AM Tue., Oct. 02, 2018
Location: St. Andrew's Church

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Charles “Choc” George Craig was born March 31, 1948 to Daniel and Louise (Sampson) Craig. He grew up in Pendleton attending Helen McEwen, Middle school, he also attended school at the Chiloceo Indian Boarding School from 1963-67’. Other schools he attended were Pacific Business College, Computer Career Institute, Portland State University, in Portland Oregon and Haskell Indian University, in Lawrence, Kansas. He married Rhonda (Peters) Craig and they had Kolin Michael Craig they divorced in 1975 and he then had Daniel Joseph Craig (Keyla) of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and Anthony Whiteclay (Carolyn) of Spokane, Washington. He worked as a Executive Assistant, Administrative & Contract Health Services for Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Benefits and Safety Coordinator for Wildhorse Gaming and Urban Indian Center in Portland, Oregon, and Portland Area Indian, Health Service and Bureau Of Indian Affairs. He belonged to the Blue Mt. Officials Association. He enjoyed sports, fast pitch baseball, basketball, football and bowling. Charles is survived by his siblings, Fermore Craig Sr. of Thorn hollow, Or. Richard Craig (Kate) of Warm Springs, Or, June Craig Axtell (Chuck) Lapwaii, ID., and Melva Craig Perez (Ron) Wapato, WA. His children and grandchildren Chickobee Brotherson-Craig, Ronny, Zachary, Janice, Lamaya and Taysean Craig, and Brittany Whiteclay. And great grandchildren, Keyaree, Keyentrae and Keyajae Cage. Preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Craig Sr., Steven Craig and Marietta Craig Wannassey. Recitation of Rosary will be Monday October 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Burns Mortuary, Funeral Mass will be at St Andrews Church Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 9:00 am followed by Burial at Agency Cemetery and Lunch will follow at Kateri Hall. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at

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Stephen Burkhardt
   Posted Tue October 02, 2018
Kolin, I am so sorry for your loss. Much love and strength to you and your family.

Raymond Cornwell
   Posted Tue October 02, 2018
Please accept my sincere condolences to you and the family for your loss. Chocs and I played many years of basketball and fast pitch softball together, and shared many a special moment mainly while he was in Portland. He was always the life of the party and had an infectious smile! Buzz Nightpipe (a Friend who passed away many years ago) and I always loved to share good times with Chocs when our paths would cross. While I haven't done a good job of keeping in touch over the years I have always thought fondly of Charles Craig which brings a smile to my face. I will forever cherish the fact that I knew him.

I wish I could have made it in person to celebrate his life, but, in lieu, please accept my condolences, and I will say a silent prayer for someone I will always remember as my friend.

John Bartron
   Posted Thu October 04, 2018
I loved Charles. I had the privilege of reffing with Charles many times. He also helped ref young girls & boys for Pendleton Youth Basketball. He was such an enjoyable guy to be around. Love you Charles and I’ll surely miss you😢❤️‼️

   Posted Sat October 06, 2018
My condolences for the loss of your Father.
In the bible at Jo 5:28,29 it tells us that God will remember our dead loved ones and will bring them back to life on earth. Ps 37:11,29.
Soon God will wipe away all tears of sorrow and death and pain will be gone forever.
Rev 21:3,4.
May you find comfort in these promises.

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