Craig Thomas Leathers
1942 - 2021
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October 22, 1942 ˜ December 10, 2020

Craig Thomas Leathers, 77 years old, passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Mission Viejo, CA. He died peacefully with his wife, Leilani, and sons Blake and Grant by his side.
Craig was born in Woodland, WA, at Hobart Maternity Home on Oct. 22, 1943, to Milford Leathers and Barbara (Thom) Leathers. Growing up in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens, Craig became an active outdoors man and spent his youth hunting and fishing with his father in southern Washington and Oregon.
Craig graduated from Woodland High School in 1961, having been in varsity football, basketball and track all four years. In addition to sports, Craig played baritone horn in the high school band. He was active in his church’s youth group as well. After high school Craig attended Clark College and then graduated from Portland State University. Craig married his high school sweetheart, Diana Bauman, and moved from Washington to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1972, and then to Orange County, CA, in 1979. He spent his entire career in sales, primarily for companies that manufactured technology systems for hospitals.
Craig was always known, in school and as an adult, as a very caring “people” person. He could enter a room of strangers and leave with a room of friends, sharing and showing he was truly interested in each person there.
From the age of 30, Craig battled Type I diabetes. In 2006, Craig received a kidney from son, Grant, proudly staving off dialysis.
Craig was a devoted father to Blake and Grant Leathers (Jennifer) and stepfather to Heather Toguchi (Ross) and Grant Kobayashi (Traci). As a loving grandfather to Josh (16), Alex (13) and Reilynn (9) (all of whom affectionately referred to him as ’Papa’), Craig was a regular supporter at their many sporting events and activities throughout the years.
Craig is survived by wife, Leilani; immediate family (above); sisters, Mary Jo (Jim) Kellar and April (Dale) Heasley; numerous nieces and nephews; loving cousins and a host of friends.
Woodland services planned for later this year.
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 22, 2021
Craig took me to my first high school prom. He was a junior and I was a freshman. I was also his date for his sixteenth birthday party. A group of his friends made the trip to the big city of Portland to attend the movie “Ben Hur”. It was a big deal in those days. The guys dressed in suits and the girls wore suits and gloves. Some of us may have even worn hats. Craig was a real sweet guy and very well liked by everyone. My husband and I looked forward to visiting Craig on his last trip to Woodland and were so sorry to hear he had to cut his trip short so we’re unable to do so. He was a great friend to both of us and we were saddened to hear he is gone.
Karen Huddleston
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