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Craig Earl Heilbut, 64, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020 at the Lone Peak Hospital in Draper, Utah. He was born December 3, 1956 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Dick and Pearl Heilbut. Craig was the father of nine children and grandfather of 30.
He was the pride and joy of his parents. From an early age, Craig showed tremendous athletic potential and loved to play sports, especially football and baseball. In addition, Craig was musical and loved to sing and play the trombone. Craig enjoyed working on cars and had an aptitude for mechanics. Craig was very smart and did well in school without hitting the books. At age 12, he was ranked in the top 10 percent of the US for his age group in Chess.
Craig was fun-loving, quick-witted, and a big teaser. He had a huge heart full of compassion to others and was a good friend to many. He was generous with his resources and talents and he was always willing to lend a hand to others.
Craig’s career in Avon started in 1993. He worked hand in glove with his Mom, Pearl, who ran this family venture. Craig had a very successful Avon store located in Old Clovis until 2020. After the closing of his Avon store, he continued to sell Avon with the help of his son.
Craig’s career as an Umpire began in 1992 as an ASA. He started High School and City College umpiring in 1996. In 1997, they started D1 in college. He became the City College Assigner in 2009. For the last four years, he was the UI Chief for the USA Softball of Central, California. He was a softball coach and umpire in Clovis, California for several years and was known for his fairness and honesty. Craig will surely be missed by his Softball Family.
In September of 2015, Craig had knee replacement surgery and contracted a staph infection. This began a litany of surgeries at Cedars Sinai hospital in California. In 2016, Craig required a second knee replacement surgery. The infection persisted requiring numerous additional surgeries including a second staph infection. This ordeal was very taxing on Craig and caused constant pain and difficulty in walking.
During the summer of 2019, Craig started presenting symptoms of prostate cancer but was not diagnosed until October of 2020. On November 3, 2020, Craig underwent surgery for Prostate Cancer. At the time of his passing, Craig had also been suffering from a relentless case of Shingles.
Craig married Lori Gordacan on April 8, 1974. From this union, Craig had 8 children. Each of his children had their own special relationship with their Dad, even as they married and moved to other parts of the country starting their own families.
Craig married Shannon Harris on July 21, 2001. From this union, they had one son, Bretley. Craig loved to take ski vacations with Bretley and his friends in the new trailer he was fixing up. Craig’s son, Bryce, married this past Saturday, December 18, 2020 in Las Vegas. Craig was able to attend and enjoy an extraordinary and rewarding family event. This final day with Craig will always be a lasting memory for his children. Following the wedding, Saturday night, Craig and Bretley traveled to Utah in preparation to celebrate Bretley’s long awaited ski trip for his 18th birthday. Craig was hospitalized Sunday evening and Monday morning he suffered a massive heart attack. Craig passed away at 12:26 p.m. on December 21, 2020 ending his journey on this earth.
He was loved by so many and will be missed by those that really knew him as a Man, a Son, a Father, a Brother, and a Grandfather. We miss you so Craig. Our love for you will forever reside in our hearts until we meet again.
Craig is survived by his father, Dick Heilbut. He is also survived by his children/spouses: Richelle and Chris Reeves, Arden and Christi Heilbut, JanaLee Crown, Tiffany and Nathan Whipple, Meredith and Ryan Taylor, Chelsea and James King, Bryce and Kiersten Heilbut, Christian and Tessa Heilbut, and Bretley Heilbut. He is also survived by his siblings/spouses: Carter Summers; Rick and Doris Heilbut; Dottie and Chris Hutcherson and Kelly and Dore Heilbut. He was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Heilbut, Grandson, Easton Whipple, and Sister, Sherrie Summers.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, a private memorial service will be held Monday, December 28, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. in Spanish Fork, Utah. Friends and family may watch a live stream via a link provided above. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a fund set up by the family for Craig's youngest son Bretley who is still in high school. Copy and paste the following address: https://www.gofundme.com/f/6uvx2t
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