Craig M. Bell
1949 - 2020
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May 23, 1949 ˜ October 27, 2020

Craig M. Bell, age 71, passed away Oct. 27, 2020, in Vancouver, WA, due to complications from myelofibrosis cancer after a gallant two-year struggle. He was born May 23, 1949, in Sunnyside, WA, along with his identical twin brother, Dennis Bell.
Craig grew up in several towns in Eastern Washington, graduating from Pasco High School in 1967. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in psychology in 1971. Later he earned a master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University while working full-time and raising a family.
In 1973, Craig began working as a college counselor at Portland Community College. After 30 years of service, he retired in 2003 as the dean of student development at the P.C.C. Sylvania Campus. He demonstrated an intuitive and sophisticated ability to work with students, brought new ideas to the college, and significantly helped shape student services policies.
Craig enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his friends and family. A highlight was an annual fishing trip with his friends to many of the high lakes in the Central Oregon Cascades. His other lifelong love was playing golf until his health forced him to put his clubs away.
Craig is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary Ann; sons, Jason, Matthew, Dean and Vaughn; mother, Betty Anderson; twin brother, Dennis; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Bell.
No funeral is planned. A celebration of life may be held in the future.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 8, 2020.
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November 18, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Bell family and friends.
Kate Peters
November 12, 2020
Blessings and Grace to Craig's family and friends. Growing up Craig and Dennis it saddens me to now learn that Craig and I were living miles apart all these years and didn't know it. Love how his life turned out; of course he was successful, and family and friends will miss him dearly. Heaven has another angel.
Patti Tansey St. John
November 11, 2020
We are so very sorry for your loss. Losing someone so dear and so close is more painful than words can adequately describe and, in this time, we know that words are of little comfort but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope that you and your family can find some solace in the many years of wonderful memories that each of you have shared with Craig and in the legacy Craig leaves of a life well lived. A life devoted to family, friends and service to others. It is impossible to quantify the tremendous positive influence that Craig has had on countless students, colleagues, friends and family. Even though he no longer is with us physically his life will live on in the lives of all who loved and admired Craig and were fortunate to have shared in his life.
Bill and Carol Love
November 8, 2020
I worked with Craig as his administrative assistant for about 5 years at PCC/Sylvania Campus. As Dean of Student Development, he saw many students who were either having problems or creating problems. I always admired how well Craig was able to defuse some pretty tricky situations.

Craig had a great sense of humor, a ready smile, and a face that always lit up when his wife Mary Ann called. I send my prayers and condolences to all of Craig’s family and friends. Rest In Peace, Craig.

Peggy & Tod Hess
Peggy Hess
November 8, 2020
Craig was a wonderful high school classmate. He and Dennis were one of a few sets of twins we had in our great class of '67 at Pasco High. Craig was just a really nice friendly guy with integrity. I lost track of Craig and Dennis after graduation. It looks as his life was filled with accomplishments that would have filled him with pride and happiness. Fantastic job, Craig, well deserved. I send my sincere Aloha to his beautiful family and friends. Your husband, father, son, brother ( Hi Dennis) and friend was a great person. May all of your memories help you through this hurtful time. A fellow Pasco Bulldog...Bev Grisham Kane
Bev Grisham Kane
November 8, 2020
Diane Mulligan
November 8, 2020
Diane Mulligan
November 8, 2020
Diane Mulligan
November 8, 2020
My condolences go out to you, Mary Ann, and your big, loving family. I know Craig will be dearly missed.

Craig was my direct supervisor at PCC Sylvania for many years. He was a wonderful boss and mentor — hands-off, but supportive when needed. He was pretty laid back except when it came to supporting students and advocating for their needs - then he became a very formidable defender and ally. He had a great way with individual students (probably goes back to his counseling days) and was great at calming a situation, but also making sure expectations were clear.

If there is a heaven, several others from the Sylvania PFN Society (Alice, Erika, Dale and Steve) will be there waiting to toast to his arrival.
Cheers Craig, rest in peace and love.
Diane Mulligan
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