July 16, 1950 - June 26, 2018
Craig E. Sutton passed away peacefully at home June 26, 2018 with his family by his side following a long battle with cancer.
Craig was born July 16, 1950 and lived in Southern Oregon his entire life. At an early age he learned to love and appreciate the outdoors, hunting, and fishing with his late father, Robert B. Sutton. Craig took his experience and passion for the outdoors and turned them into a career as a hunting and fishing guide that lasted more than 45 years. Many of Craig's clients and fellow guides became some of his closest friends. Craig never knew a stranger, and every conversation began or ended with a hug.
During an elk-hunting trip to Wallowa, Oregon, Craig met and fell in love with Vickie Emmons who became his wife. They were inseparable, and happily married for 32 years. Together they had two children, Jessie and Justin. Craig was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother who enjoyed nothing more in life than spending time with his family. If Craig wasn't guiding a trip, he was out with family and friends on a hunting or fishing adventure.
When Craig was diagnosed with cancer almost 20 years ago, he found a deeper respect for life and an even greater passion for spending time with the ones he loved. Despite his long battle with cancer Craig never complained, always kept a positive outlook on life, and could be found on the river with a smile on his face. Although Craig will no longer be seen guiding on the river, his legacy will live on. His wisdom, stories, and laughter will be remembered forever.
He is survived by his mother, Aline Sutton; wife, Vickie Sutton; daughter, Jessie Lockwood (husband, Robert and sons, Mason and Liam); son, Justin Sutton (wife, Holly and daughters, Paisley and Kallie); sisters, Debbie Sutton, Jan Sutton, and Mary Ann Sutton (Hainline) (husband Jathan and daughter, Marissa).
Craig was preceded in death by his father, Robert B. Sutton.
Craig was one of a kind, loved by many, and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held at 5:00 p.m. July 15, 2018 alongside the Rogue River at 1754 Rogue River Hwy., Gold Hill, OR.