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David Cole Craig 1982 ~ 2006 Our lives were forever changed on August 6, 2006, with the unexpected loss of David Cole Craig, our sweet son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. Dave was born January 29, 1982, in Salt Lake City, UT. He lived in Pocatello and American Falls, ID, Park City, UT and Baker, FL, but spent the last 10 years of his life in SLC, where he was living when he died at the too young age of 24. Dave hated school (as much as he hated the dentist!) which we never could figure out because he was so gifted and smart and loved to learn. Somehow, all of our nagging paid off and Dave managed to graduate on time from Horizonte High School with the class of 2000. He attended the University of Utah and Salt Lake City Community college. His whole life, Dave was at the same time a little boy and a person so much older than his years, he was quick tempered, stubborn, original and complex, and a mainstream thought never crossed his mind. He was also quick to forgive, passionate and fragile. He worked at local ski resorts for several years for the sole purpose of a free season's pass so he could ride his snowboard every day. He wrote wonderful poetry so profound and sad, it made us cry. Dave loved his music, he loved to sing and he loved to make us laugh. He loved to cook and eat good food; we'll remember our most recent trip to Italy, where Dave cooked spaghetti for us with secret ingredients. He loved to meet people and made new friends wherever he was, whether it was down the street or across the ocean. He loved the mountains and the night sky and he loved to go camping, but his favorite thing above all was fishing; it made him happy just to talk about going. We will remember and cherish always Dave's beautiful mind and heart, his big, brown eyes and his laughter, which was a gift to us all when it came tumbling out like a waterfall. He was troubled about many things, but always knew with certainty that he loved and was truly loved by his family and friends. Our only comfort now is that his beloved Papa was waiting for him and quickly snuggled him up with a pillow and blanket at his feet, and is at this minute is telling Dave the real reason the dinosaurs disappeared. His Granny is also there to take care of him and he'll get to laugh again at Grandpa Bob's stories. Dave leaves behind his mom and step-dad, Eileen and Bob Strasters, his buddy and little brother, P.J Strasters; his dad and step-mom, Brian and Sandy Craig, his sisters Nicole Martinez, Dedra (Karey) Zarkou and Cobra Craig; his Grandpa, Russell Jackson, his Grandma, Margaret Strasters, his adored Nana, Barbara Webb, and all of his many loving aunts, uncles and 27 cousins. Dave also leaves behind lots of good friends, and his best friend, Brandon Williams, who stuck by him through thick and thin. He is preceded in death by his Papa, Richard E. Webb, his Granny, Carol Jackson, and his grandpa, Bob Strasters Sr. Graveside Services will be held Friday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the Salt Lake City Cemetery 4th Ave. N St. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Broomhead Funeral Home 12600 So. 2200 W. Riverton, Utah.