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In Memoriam: Craig Mayberry

Craig Lawrence Mayberry, July 9, 1966 – August 30, 2020

Craig was born July 9, 1966 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Growing up he enjoyed playing basketball, soccer and especially golf. He was on the Idaho Falls golf team while attending high school. After graduation, he attended Brigham Young University. The following year, Craig served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints in Leeds, England.

Following his two year mission, Craig returned to Provo to finish his education at BYU. Craig met his wife, Kelly, in Provo and they were married in June of 1988 in the Seattle LDS Temple. Craig and Kelly would reside in Utah until Craig graduated with his MBA in Finance. During this time, Craig also did a semester class for the Security and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. He also did a summer internship with Union Pacific in Omaha, Nebraska.

Craig’s first job took him to Novi, Michigan, where he worked for Chrysler Corporation. Craig worked for three years at Chrysler until he gained employment with Intel. This job took him to Orangevale, California. Craig was able to transfer to the Hillsboro, Oregon campus after being in California for two years.

While in Hillsboro, Craig was able to purchase three independent businesses. A housekeeping company, a mold and dye company, and a screen printing and embroidery business. This eventually allowed Craig to leave the corporate world and gave him more time for family and serving in the community, which included delivering lunches to the elderly through Meals on Wheels and food orders to those in need for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Due to the fall out from 9/11, eventually all three business would fail. During this time, Craig began to research schools to obtain his PhD. This would take Craig, Kelly and their five children to Lynden. Craig attended the University of British Columbia where he earned his PhD in the REAMS program. After seven years Craig finished his doctorate and began to teach for Western Washington University in Bellingham. He also worked for, but not limited to: Purdue Global, Anaheim University, BYU-I, Trident, Colorado Tech, Southern New Hampshire and University of Phoenix. During this time, Craig and Kelly also started Heritage Lane Farms where they bred and raised rare and heritage breed animals. This included sheep, goats, pigs, geese, and chickens.

Craig was also involved in politics when he ran for the Washington 42nd district and the Whatcom County Council. While he did not win either one, it was a great learning experience for Craig’s family.

Craig was involved over the years with his children by coaching soccer, and going to football and lacrosse games. He loved skiing with his wife, traveling and recently had taken to paddle boarding. He continued to serve in his church by teaching Sunday School and reaching out to those in need.

Craig’s most favorite thing to do was cooking for others. He was always looking for a new recipe, and this became even more frequent with the time spent home the last five months.

Craig is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kelly; his children, Brendon, Kyla (Uku), Mackenzie (Brandon), Jensen, and Kaden; and three grandchildren, Elis, Alessia, and Emmie; his parents, John and Jeanine Mayberry; his siblings Kurt (Kristina), Kim (Elizabeth), Kevin (Marisol), and Christina (Sung). Craig had numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and colleagues. But especially by his wife and children who loved him dearly.

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