Craig Courtney Milnor
1930 - 2020
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February 7, 1930 ˜ August 16,

Craig Courtney Milnor, loving husband and father, passed away on Aug. 16, 2020 at the age of 90 in Glendale, AZ. Craig was born in Seattle, WA on Feb. 7, 1930 as the only child to Philip K. and Agnes Mildred Milnor. Craig graduated from high school in St. Louis Park, MN. He later graduated with a BA in business from Principia College in Illinois and a MBA from University of Washington. While getting his education, he enlisted in the US Marine Crops in 1947 and served in the reserves. Craig was pulled out of college and was shipped to Korea where he was assigned to the 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion where he attained the rank of sergeant.
Craig met his wife, Silvija Dinsberg, in 1959 in Seattle at a tall people’s club. They were married in 1960 and moved to Vancouver in 1962 when Craig began his career as a business instructor at Clark College. He taught business administration, marketing, economics, and personal finance for 29 years until he retired in 1990.
In 1991, Silvija and Craig moved to Florida where they enjoyed the life of happy retirees by traveling the world and enjoying the Florida beaches. They were snowbirds for nearly 20 years and returned to Vancouver for the summer months to enjoy time with their family. In 2012, they moved to Anthem, AZ to be near their youngest son, Glenn Milnor and his family.
Craig greatly enjoyed reading, traveling, listening to music, and spending time with his family.
Craig was preceded in death by his wife, Silvija; his parents, and one niece.
He is survived by his children, Alicia Milnor Parkison (Alan) of Vancouver, Douglas Milnor (Christine) of Lake Stevens, WA, Glenn Milnor (Jill) of Anthem; eight beautiful grandchildren, and one niece. The family will be having a celebration of life next summer when it is safe to gather again. Craig will be laid to rest at Evergreen Memorial Gardens with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Clark College Foundation - General Business Administrative Fund.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 23, 2020.
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November 28, 2020
Craig taught a business class in 1983. I remember he wore a coat and tie when many people were going more casual. I also remember him talking about a brief stint with Procter and Gamble. He had a passion for what he taught and was very professional. Condolences to the Family.
Mark Dawson
August 24, 2020
I took business law from Mr. Milnor at Clark College back in the 80's. I took a lot of classes over the years but his is a class I have a lot of memories of, good memories. He was fun - I remember a fellow student cited his own opinion about a "case" we were studying and it didn't relate to the law we were supposed to be applying. Mr. Milnor asked him, "is that Robinson law?" That is, the student's own form of law. I also took his rabbit, Moose, home - I think he gave it to my family - along with the cage. Our two young boys enjoyed him (so did I!). I don't recall money changing hands. I really enjoyed him and his class. Good guy.
Ann Morrow
August 23, 2020
In 1962 I started taking classes at Clark College. During one of my years at Clark Craig was my instructor in a Business Law class. His method of teaching was excellent and I always remembered his methods. After I got my Business Administration degree at WSU, I took a job at Clark College as a Systems Analyst but by the start of fall classes I was asked to teach some of the Data Processing Classes. I was then part of what we called the SMED department: Science, Math, Engineering and Data Processing. Dr. Chick Scarpelli was our department chairman. It was in the years 1957 through 1984 that I worked closely with Craig. He was a good friend and I was always interested in his opinions. He had a strong voice for faculty rights and was very comfortable in presenting them to the administration. I am sorry for your loss. He was a great guy.
Arlo Petersen
August 23, 2020
Craig Milnor was also one of my favorite professors at Clark... I enjoyed his personality in the classroom, and by all accounts in the very nice obituary, his was a life well lived. Condolences to his family.
Dave Choquette
August 23, 2020
Craig Milnor was one of my favorites at Clark College -- he loved what he did for a living. Rest in Peace.
Bonnie Sabel Welte
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