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Martin “Marty” Leroy Craft
  • August 05, 1938
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  • July 27, 2022

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Martin “Marty” Leroy Craft, Born 8-5-1938 fell asleep in Jesus 7-27-2022

Marty was born and raised in northern California.  He attended Paradise High School and Paradise 7th-day Adventist Church where he met and married the love of his life, Kathleen (Atkins) Craft in 1958.  August 3rd, 2022 would have been their 64th wedding celebration!

He is pre-deceased by his Father, Martin L. Craft, Mother, Ada D. Craft and Sister Shirley Craft. He is survived by Sister Myrna (& Charles) Brown and Brother Conrad (& Bonnie) Craft.

Marty and Kathy have four children; Debbie Craft, Kelly (& Raymond) Veilleux, Gary Tom Craft (deceased, 2006), Kimberly (& Donald) Bryan, and three grand-children; Daniel Craft, Jessica Bryan, Brittni (& Michael) Brown.

He loved his family; every brother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors, and prayed for them all.

Marty was a hard working “jack of all trades” starting in mechanics with his father at the age of 15.  He also worked as a bricklayer, truck driver, construction foreman, and charter bus driver.  Most of his career he owned his own business in truck and heavy equipment repair. He was always proud of the part he played in helping with the construction of the nation’s largest earth filled dam in Oroville CA and the time he spent driving bus for his favorite singing group, The Heritage Singers.

Marty enjoyed boating, water skiing, fishing, baseball, softball and coaching little league.  He also loved “plinking”, “hooky-bobbing”, and playing his “gut-bucket” with the Rattlesnake Mountain Boys.  He will always be remembered for his love of music and his beautiful singing which he offered as his worship through the years.   Whether it was his rousing song services, Sabbath afternoon singing bands, directing church choirs or “The Advent Gospel Singers” and “His Witness Youth Singing Group”.

After struggling with kidney failure in 1997 Marty was given the gift of 25 additional years of life through the miracle of a kidney transplant from daughter Kelly.  He spent much of this remaining time sitting at the feet of Jesus pondering the words of his Savior.  One of his favorite promises was 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  He loved the assurance this gave that Christ does the work for us!  And one of the last scripture passages he kept feeling drawn to was Mark 13 where Jesus reminds his disciples (and us) to “take heed” (or be aware and watchful) of the signs of the end of time.

The last ten years you rarely saw Marty without little Annie, the 5 lb. teacup poodle who was his constant companion and “the other love of his life”.

Marty’s family will be having a celebration of life in the Lady Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday, Oct 8, 2022 at 3:00pm (EST).  This will be live streamed at llsda.com (click on live stream).

There will also be a graveside service in August, 2023 at the Nimshew Cemetery in Nimshew California.  Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-480-5959.  Sentiments may be located online at www.baldwincremation.com.

 


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231 Lake Griffin Road, Lady Lake, FL 32159
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  1. Myrna & Charles says:
    07 Aug 2022
    Marty was a protective big brother always letting my boyfriends know he would take no disrespect for his sister! He is missed but I thank God we will soon all be young again but in a perfect land to ever enjoy our new life!! Rest In Peace brother!!

  2. Areleen Stevenson says:
    07 Aug 2022
    So sad for your loss. I remember a time that Mike Stevenson his brother Andy, Helen and me (Areleen) made arrangements for Marty to pick us up at the Spokane airport on a return trip from fishing in Alaska. We had several boxes of fish and our luggage. Marty showed up at the airport in a very small car. Andy and Mike said we would have to make two trips. But Marty just laughed and said na. We can get it in one trip. Was so fun watching him stack us into his little car. Mike and Andy were really surprised it worked out. And we had a very nice lunch at there house before we returned to Sandpoint. I only got to hear him sing once but it was very touching. Love you all and praying for God’s grace and peace to you all. Remember the memories. They help get us through. And remember we will see him again.

  3. Lamar & Colleen Young says:
    05 Aug 2022
    We have learned to love Marty and his family over the last 10 years. Always appreciated his comments during Sabbath school when he could attend. We look forward to spending an eternity with him in the earth made new.

  4. Kenneth and Linda Cates lit a candle:
    04 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 4, 2022 at 8:58:24 PM

  5. Sue Furry lit a candle:
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    Lit since August 4, 2022 at 8:52:37 PM

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    Lit since August 4, 2022 at 8:51:21 PM

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    Lit since August 4, 2022 at 8:48:57 PM

  8. David & Cynthia Cockran says:
    04 Aug 2022
    As new members of Lady Lake SDA Church we did not get the opportunity to know Marty well. We will always remember him in Sabbath School and his participation with the class. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Looking forward to eternity with Marty and getting to know him better.
    ~The Cockrans~

  9. Kelly Craft Veilleux says:
    04 Aug 2022
    I thank God for giving me a great Dad - He was a big man with a gentle heart! I was blessed to get to work with him from a very young age and he was a great teacher, always encouraging me to try new things and push my abilities to new heights. As I grew up working in the shop next to him learning how to "mechanic" and soon became his assistant; little did I know that later in life it would be him holding the light and handing me the tools... every time I open the hood of my truck I'm reminded of my dad and the many things he taught me.
    He also taught me to love God and trust God as my heavenly Father. We would often spend time singing or studying the things of nature and scripture together as a family. Camping trips, time in the boat, hiking or working in the garden are some of my favorite childhood memories. Dad and I shared a special bond through the year for many reasons - including the kidney transplant in 1997. it was my privilege to share a kidney with my dad, and we were able to witness the healing power of God. I am missing my dad, but thankful that he is not having to struggle to breathe anymore. Jesus is coming soon, and I know with certainty that I will see dad on resurrection morning just as the Bible in 1 Thess. 4:13-18 tells us. Meanwhile as dad is sleeping in Jesus - I will keep the faith that he so deeply instilled in me.
    Glory to God!

  10. KELLY VEILLEUX posted an image:
    04 Aug 2022
    Dad always enjoyed the beauty of the ocean!
    Dad always enjoyed the beauty of the ocean!

  11. KELLY VEILLEUX posted an image:
    04 Aug 2022
    Dad with his little buddy - Annie
    Dad with his little buddy - Annie

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