Obituary Notices and Memorials


CRAFT, CAPT Thomas G. (USN, RET.) 80 years old born in Columbia, S.C., passed away February 15, 2012. He was born to the late John and Lottie Lee Craft. Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1948. Duty stations took him from the Philippines to Seattle, Wash. After 3 tours he decided to attend the University of South Carolina on the GI Bill where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree 'cum laude' in 1957. Following graduation he was commissioned as an Ensign, U.S. Navy Supply Corps at OCS Newport, R.I. After serving aboard 3 ships and 21 tours of duty as a Naval Officer, Tom retired at the U.S. Armed Forces Center Japan in 1987, as a Captain, U.S. Navy. During his naval service he also completed his MBA degree from The George Washington University, a MA from the U.S. Naval War College and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. Tom was married to Caroline (Tensfeld) an Antelope Valley Native whom he met while they were both stationed with the U.S. Navy at Naval Supply Center Seattle. After numerous moves throughout their 59 year marriage they settled in Quartz Hill after his military retirement in 1987. He served as General Mgr, Edwards Federal Credit Union from 1987 to 1999. From 1999 to 2009 his focus in life was to ensure the approval, planning, funding and building of the Lancaster 'Pete' Knight Veterans Home. CAPT Craft often said that this was his proudest accomplishment in life! A charismatic speaker with a spirited sense of humor Tom often spoke at various community functions but he poured his energy into assisting the Antelope Valley veterans. From AV Stand-downs to fundraisers to walkathons he would not say no when it benefitted military veterans! Tom is survived by his wife, Caroline, and their five children: Michael (Ruth) Craft (CDR, USN, Ret.); Becky (Tom) Attwood; Cheryl Craft (CDR, USNR, Ret.); Martin (Chris Adair) Craft, and Kiley (Helen) Craft. He always had a soft spot in his heart for his five grandchildren: Joni, Celia, Clifford, Jason and Dori. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Lancaster Veterans Home or Hoffman Hospice. A memorial ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Palmdale United Methodist Church.

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