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Craig Mayfield

Craig Mayfield

Craig Mayfield, age 82, of Medford, died April 9th at Rogue Valley Medical Center.

A memorial service in his honor will be held Tuesday, April 17th at 1:00 P.M. at Littwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Reverend John Braund presiding.

Craig was born in March of 1925 in Sioux City, Iowa to George L. and Gladys J. (Fowler) Mayfield. He graduated from high school in Milwaukee, Ore. and then enlisted in the Navy where he served with the 115th Seabee construction battalion in New Guinea and the Philippines. Following an honorable discharge, he was one of the first students on the campus of O.T.I. (now O.I.T.) in Klamath Falls, Ore.

He married Gloria Kayser and they had a son Bruce. They later divorced.

On June 20, 1953, Craig married Juanita Howell in Reno, Nev. He worked for First National Bank in Ashland, Medford, and Hood River. While living in Hood River, their three children, Cary, Candi, and Jeff, were born. In 1959, the family returned to the Rogue Valley where Craig took a position with the State Tax Commission (Dept. of Revenue) which he maintained until his retirement in 1986.

Some of his happiest times were spent as Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 105. With his two sons and many other local boys, he enjoyed time spent at Boy Scout Camps McLoughlin and McCaleb along with 50-mile hikes on the Rogue River Trail and in the Marble Mountains. He later held various positions with the Boy Scouts of America, Crater Lake Council.

In 1988, while serving on the board of Rogue Valley chapter of Oregon Hunter's Association, Craig was named member of the year. He was a member of Medford Rifle & Pistol Club and a lifetime member of National Rifle Association.

Craig volunteered his time to several organizations like the King's Highway Water District, and 25 years on the board of the Pioneer Hill Cemetery. After his retirement, he became a volunteer with the Auxiliary at Rogue Valley Medical Center. This led to a second career as a security officer at the hospital which he enjoyed for 10 years.

Craig is survived by his wife of 54 years, a son, Bruce Mayfield of Caldwell Idaho, Cary and Susan Mayfield of Medford, Candi and Larry Biever of Bend, and Jeff and Wendy Mayfield of Medford. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include a brother, Dean Mayfield and a sister, Bonnie Glass.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Access Incorporated or The Salvation Army.