McMICKEN—Craig Walter McMicken passed away peacefully at Shorewood Senior Living on January 21, 2022. He was born April 27, 1926, in Chehalis, Wash., to Donald Ewer and Zella Melcher McMicken. He was the younger brother to Jane Whitney, deceased.
Upon graduating from Chehalis High, Craig entered the Navy and served 30+ months in WWII and attended Oregon State College on the GI Bill. Craig was President of the Class of 1950, a four-year football player and a lifetime member of the Oregon Alpha Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
In San Francisco, Craig and Joanne courted and married in March 1953. Their 67 years together was a partnership with God; they believe possessions and blessings in life are from God.
Craig chose a vocation in city management and trained at the Coro Foundation, Class of 1954. Over his 35+ year career, cities benefited from his talents. He served the cities of Glendora and Berkeley, Calif., Roseburg, Ore., Yakima, Wash., Lewiston, Idaho and Florence, Ore.
Community and civic service was ingrained in his personality, which also led to a 35+ year involvement with Rotary International.
After his retirement, he served in the Citizens Democracy Corp (established in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush) where private citizens assisted in the process of democratic change to Eastern Europe. Craig and Joanne served city governments in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland and Russia.
During the first decade of retirement, in his free time, Craig built a beautiful home on Woahink Lake from the ground up.
As a lifelong athlete, Craig was an avid golfer and runner. As a member of the Oregon Track Club, Craig ran in Masters USATF track meets, and road races. He had been an All-American athlete many, many times. Every family gathering included a "family run" with Granddad — he was an example to us all.
Craig believed in giving back and being involved in the community: International City Managers Association, Ambassadors, Coastal Conference, Oregon Dunes Golf Course, the Men's Group, City Club, the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw. He was a learned man dedicated to civic involvement, literature, history, music and education. One who — to the day he died — set goals and detailed the steps to reach his goals.
A genealogist of family history, Craig self-published two books in the last two years of his life: "The Letters of Mary Agnes Craig," and "Roots: How the Craig, McMicken, McDowell and Melcher Families Came Together in America."
Truly, Craig was a "renaissance man" of his great generation.
Family members supporting him throughout his 95 years, and his final days, were his children Kirk McMicken, Robin (Randy) Krieger and Doug (Lori) McMicken; grandchildren Kole (Kate), Chase and Jett Krieger and Scott and Joe McMicken; great granddaughter, Koko Krieger, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life family service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw in Florence, Ore., on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. No flowers, please; memorial donations may be made to Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw, the Oregon Coast Military Museum or the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum. Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.