Craig Gene Childress

Born: Sun., Mar. 4, 1951
Died: Thu., Sep. 14, 2017


Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Sun., Oct. 08, 2017
Location: Roy Raley Room @ Pendleton Round-Up Grounds


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Craig Gene Childress, 66, of Pendleton, Oregon died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Born in Roseburg, Oregon, on March 4, 1951, one of three children of the late Arthur L. (Roy) Childress and Joyce Edna Childress.

Craig has always been passionate about sports and a gifted athlete himself growing up he was first team all state in football and also played basketball, and baseball. He attended Portland State University on a football scholarship and later transferred to the University of Oregon where he received a degree in Political Science. Craig received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from University of Puget Sound School of Law. He had a lifelong career committed to public service working for the state covering juvenile to adult cases both in the District Attorney’s office early in his career and as a public defender at the end.

After law school, he met and fell in love with Tracy Heiskari in Madras, Oregon. They eloped April 1, 1983, in Reno, Nevada, celebrating their 34th anniversary this past April. After a few years, they moved to Roseburg and grew their family to four with two precious daughters before settling in Pendleton for the next 20 years.

Craig was fiercely loyal, committed to his family and work. His most treasured time of year was summer, which he spent growing tomatoes with his wife and vacationing at the Long Beach Peninsula. At the coast Craig most enjoyed flying kites, hiking to lighthouses, and walking the beach with his dogs.

Craig was diagnosed with brain cancer one year ago and faced his health problems with uncommon grace and courage. Often singing in the house as he tirelessly continued his duties as a husband, father, and son, “Every night and day is beautiful” reminding each of us to cherish every moment.

Craig was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Tracy; daughters, Lindsey Presley, (T.J.) of Pendleton, Oregon; Cristin Childress of Pendleton, Oregon; grandson, Benson Presley of Pendleton, Oregon; mother, Joyce Childress of Pendleton, Oregon; and uncle, Leslie Davie of Isle of Wight, England.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur L. (Roy) Childress; sister, Tammy Childress; and brother, David Childress.

Thank you to all who enriched Craig’s life with the gift of friendship, love, and laughter.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at 3:00 pm at the Roy Raley Room at the Pendleton Round-Up 1205 SW Court Ave, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that persons wanting to show condolences consider a gift to Cason’s Place: Grief Support for Children and Families of Eastern Oregon, in memory of Craig Childress, 1416 SE Court Ave, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.

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Dennis Mathewson
   Posted Tue September 19, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Recently I lost my dear mother,
and found great comfort in the Holy Bible, like at Isaiah 25 verse 8 -
"The Sovereign Lord will swallow up death forever, and wipe away
the tears from all faces." Also at Revelation 21 verse 4, we find
God's promise to remove both pain and death. For more comfort,
I turn to the website at: www.jw.org (Search: Comfort)

Jim and Shirley Traviss
   Posted Fri September 29, 2017
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. We had great times together when you were in Roseburg. Will cherish those memories.

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