Craig Lee Ottesen

August 19, 1954 - August 14, 2009

Craig Lee Ottesen, age 54, passed away suddenly on August 14, 2009. Craig was born on August 19, 1954 in Greeley, Colorado to Richard Lee and Elberta (Abbett) Ottesen. Growing up in Greeley, he participated in Boy Scouts, where he acquired many creative talents for woodworking, costume making, painting, and other crafts. When the family moved to Hereford, he joined the First United Methodist Church in Hereford. During high school, he was an member of the Hereford High School Band and worked for the local gas station where he earned the money to buy his prized ‘65 Mustang. He graduated from Hereford High in 1972. Craig took his learned talents with him to Texas A&M, where from 1972 to 1976, he was a drummer in Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and majored in electrical engineering. When Craig began to march with the bass drum in 1974, he began a new tradition at A&M by hand painting the bugle banner on both sides of the heads of all three bass drums. Craig retired for Texas Instruments in 2005 after twenty-seven years of service. Starting at the plant in Stafford, Texas, he worked in security, and then moved into fire safety and ultimately become a safety manager at corporate headquarters in Richardson. From 1998 to 2005, Craig worked for and with SEMATECH as a contributor and a technical writer, participating in the formation of global safety and environmental standards for the semiconductor industry. Craig become active in dog sports in 1995. He traveled to Australia to learn, observe and import foundation stock to Texas. Since retiring, Craig has been an active member of the North Central Texas Herding Dog Association, and participated in American Kennel Club events. He showed regularly and co-owned a number of Border Collies under the prefix “Bluechip”. He enjoyed being outdoors with the dogs. reading a good sci-fi or mystery book, listening to the radio, and figuring out what made things tick. He is survived by his long time love, Barbara Palmer of Princeton, Texas; sister Christie Carrigan and her husband Pat of Robinson, Texas; two nieces, Chelsey and Michelle Carrigan; and numerous other loving relatives and friends. Memorial gifts may be made to the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, Texas A & M University, 3153 TAMU, College Station, TX, 77843-3153, or the Hereford Whiteface Band, c/o Hereford High School, 601 N. 25 Mile Ave., Hereford, TX, 79045.

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I offer my deepest sympathies to Barbara and Craig's family. I know he will deeply missed but there are wonderful memories for all his friends and families Carol Clark, October 30, 2009 Craig will be missed by all who knew him. His love her Barbara and the dogs will forever be his legacy Susan M Taylor, October 16, 2009 Craig was one of those people I always looked forwar to seeing at the Border Collie National. He was extraordinarly kind and had a gentle touch with the dogs. He will be missed by many. Robert Tainsh, October 16, 2009 Barbara: My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. It is so hard to lose the love of your life. But the joy is you shared the time you had. Claire Hamilton & Doyle Ivie Claire Hamilton, October 16, 2009 Craig was one of those people that made showing dogs worth it. He will be missed by many. I hope he has found peace and is with friends, family and of course, the dogs he loved. Tonya J Stanley, October 14, 2009 Barbara, I never met Craig but I met some of his friends when they were here and I am sure the pups miss him. Paige sends her regards and Craig tended to her when she was in your care. Barbara, my thoughts are with you and Craig's family.. Happy trails Craig. Terry Kenney Terry Kenney, October 14, 2009 I was so sad to hear about Uncle Craig. He was such a fix-it man and so ready to help anyone when asked. He is missed. Aunt Barbara....You have been my savior so many times and I thank you. I love you and am here if you need me for anything at all. Matthew G Polk, October 14, 2009 Craig: I'm sure that there were some happy Border Collies waiting to meet you at the bridge. To Barbara and the rest of Craig's family, I send my heartfelt sympathy. Kelly Whiteman, October 14, 2009 Over the last 14+ years we have enjoyed and been priviledged to have Barbara and Craig as our friends. Craig was so knowledgeable in "everything", he always amazed us. If he did not know how to solve/fix something he would wingit and make it ok. I remember going to a dog show with Barbara and Craig met us there. He taught me how to show my first (and only) dog and understood why I shouldn't show another but was very kind in his words. He was so proud when one of the dogs won. The dogs in a way were their children I guess. He loved to go out to eat and knew tons of great places with the best food. He and Barbara so complimented each other in their lives. I was proud to be an Aggie with them both and we stood our ground against all Longhorns we knew, win or loose we were proud Aggies. We did not know his family except thru the little he mentioned at holidays. Barbara, we are here if you need us and we will miss Craig by your side. Jody Jody and Larry Schulz, October 14, 2009 I am so sorry that Craig has left us, but I know he waits for his true love and friends, at the Bridge, along with the dogs that had gone before. Rest in Peace, Craig, knowing that you were loved and appreciated. D Susan Whitman, October 14, 2009 I am very sorry for your loss Barbara. Gay Silva, October 14, 2009 Craig was always an inquisitive child and as adult I can still hear him asking "why?" My deepest sympathy to his loved ones. Karen Carlson, October 10, 2009 Barb, my heart and prayers are with you. May Craig rest in peace. Win Jackson-Houwen, September 30, 2009 Wonderful man who loved Barbara so, he will be missed. Sandy Ray, September 30, 2009