August 29, 1943 - December 27, 2020 On Sunday December 27th we said goodbye to a special soul, a unique character you'd have been honored to encounter along your path. If you didn't have the pleasure of knowing Craig, grab a book of poetry or a book on indigenous cultures, take a lazy country drive in Skagit County, and make sure to find a road off the beaten path or stand on the banks of a stream. If you smell honey and oats from freshly made granola or homemade bread, and if Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson or Muddy Waters is playing in the background, you'll know that you have found him. Craig was born in Mount Vernon, Washington, August 29th, 1943 to Glen and Kathleen (Gorman) Martin and graduated from Burlington Edison High School in 1962. He was the second of five children, and the oldest boy born to Glen and Kathleen Martin. His brother Tim and sister Jamie bestowed him with a loving nickname "Bear". So big and so bearded. After graduation, Craig fished Southeast Alaska where he reported they put over a million pounds of fish on the deck of the purse seiner Dutchy C. The following year he volunteered for the draft, joining the US Army where he served as a cook in Heidelberg, Germany. Always a great money manager, Craig assisted in enough loan transactions outside of his official duties to purchase a brand new 1966 red Ford Mustang upon his honorable discharge. (In fact, Craig had such a love of cars that he would haunt backroads, peeking into cracks of barns in search of his next great classic.) Back home in Burlington, Craig attended Skagit Valley College, and worked as a curator for the Skagit County Museum in Anacortes before turning to his life's work as a caregiver of severely developmentally disabled adults. He worked at several group homes in Burlington and Mount Vernon before joining Soundview ITS, where he served for the remainder of his career. He compassionately cared for his clients and they loved him in return. This was also where Craig met Mary Newman, the love of his life. They shared many wonderful years together, enjoying Northwest art, great food, gardening, and reading up a storm. Skagit Valley ran deep in Craig's soul. He spent several years as the president of SCANP (Skagitonians Concerned About Nuclear Plants), a political action group formed in 1973, whose efforts were instrumental in stopping the Puget Sound Energy plan to build a nuclear power plant on the Skagit River at Bacus Hill. The construction plans initially had widespread support, fueled by the general belief among county residents that it would boost the economy and create jobs in the region. Craig and a small group of likeminded individuals who believed the danger of a nuclear accident and environmental damage outweighed any possible benefits, formed SCANP and began public opposition to the project and education to the residents of the Valley. In 1979, after a lengthy David versus Goliath debate and controversy that spanned half a decade, the people of Skagit County voted to reject the plan. Craig considered it one of the most important and fulfilling accomplishments of his lifetime to have participated in assuring the preservation of the Magic Skagit. Craig enjoyed the backroads of life, exploring the fabric of small towns, and collecting unique eclectic items along the way. He was a great hiker and enjoyed the outdoors, spending many days with son Corey, nephew Alex, and brother Tim. An avid and excellent photographer and artist, Craig also had the most extensive Hot Rod magazine and record collection you've ever seen. He loved music specifically the Blues. He was preceded in death by his mother Kathleen and his father Glen. Craig would also want us to mention his dogs, Buddy and Ishy. He is survived by Mary Newman, his loving partner of over 20 years, his son Corey Graves, brothers Paul and Tim, sisters Jo Ann and Jamie, his grandchildren, Lilly, Evening, and Yewen, as well as nephews and nieces Kris Jones, Betsy Martin, Alex Martin, Callie Martin, and Tynan Martin. The Family also wants to offer special thanks to the extraordinary staff at Bethany at Silver Lake and Bethany at Silver Crest in Everett. Their loving care was a blessing to Craig and our family. A mass will be offered for Craig at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon on Tuesday, January 12th at 12:15 pm, however no service is planned due to the Covid Pandemic. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Skagit County Historical Museum in La Conner. Their address is PO Box 818, La Conner, WA 98257. Please visit www.hulbushfuneralhome.com to share your thoughts and memories and sign the online guest register. Arrangements are under the care of Hulbush Funeral Home, Burlington, WA.
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