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John Christopher Craddock – March 19, 2018

John Christopher Craddock, 65, of Cuba, New Mexico died Monday, March 19, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Llano Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Military rites are provided by Volleys for Veterans. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

John was born March 9, 1953, to Charles and Louise Friemel Craddock in Canyon and raised in Keyes, Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University.

John retired from the U.S. Army, coached and taught for many years at Tse’ Yi’ Gai High School on the Navaho Reservation.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, James Robert Craddock.

Survivors include three sisters, Patricia Thompson and Jennifer Burtram, both of Amarillo, and Kathy Parks, of Mansfield; four brothers, Mike Craddock of Fulton, Missouri, Billy Craddock, of Indiana, Ricky Craddock, of Woodward, Oklahoma, and Raymond Craddock, of Lubbock; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to any children’s sports or school activities.


  • L Gray Posted March 23, 2018 8:02 am

    My deepest sympathy to the family. May you find comfort in God’s word the Bible at Revelation 21:3,4.

  • Candice Sandoval Posted March 23, 2018 11:39 am

    John was a great asset to our school here at Tse’Yi’Gai. He was the backbone of our school. He did a lot for the students and he will truely be missed by all of us. He will always be a Diné Warrior.

  • John lossiah Posted March 23, 2018 11:54 pm

    Prayers of strength comfort and healing for family. Sincerest condolences from the lossiah family. Much luv n respect for John may he rest in paradise.

  • Terrance Jim Posted March 26, 2018 11:59 am

    Was a great teacher, coach, peer helper coordinator, most of all a great friend. I knew him since freshmen year and there’s not a day I regret meeting him. He took a place in all our hearts, now he’s resting peacefully in God’s kingdom. RIP “Buckwheat”. I send my condolences and prayers to the family in there time of grief.

  • Nat Posted March 26, 2018 12:03 pm

    Mr. Craddock was a good person. He always encouraged other people including myself. During the summer before I started high school was when I met him. We will miss him dearly. Prayers to the family and community.

  • Melody Toledo Posted March 26, 2018 12:07 pm

    My freshmen year of 2014, was the very first time having Mr.Craddock as my teacher. I remember when I was younger and had siblings who went to Tse’Yi’Gai and had Mr.Craddock as a teacher. He was very respectful and pushed my siblings to succeed and get them far in life. Then, I got to know him a little more. As a senior now, he was always there for the students and myself. He was my number one supporter no matter what. He motivated me in sports and in school. I remember walking into his 5th Hour class and hearing him say, “ Hello Ms.Toledo. You know when you smile it brightens up my day”. He was just what Tse’Yi’Gai needed, he made sure everyone was in check and that we proceeded on with our education. I will always remember the little things and the times he helped every senior class, including my class for helping us out with raising money and making sure we had everything ready. Thank you Mr.Craddock for your everything. Fly High Mr.Craddock, may you Rest In Peace.

  • Lars Pinto Posted March 26, 2018 1:13 pm

    You will be missed Craddock, I and many other students of Tse’Yi’Gai will miss you. My prayers go out to his family.

  • Chad Charley Posted March 26, 2018 3:28 pm

    I’m going to miss you mr Craddock, you were a good man, you taught me to never look back when something terrible going to happen, but I meant you freshman year I thought you were a mean guy, but I started to know you better then that’s when we became cool with each other. But what I wanted to say to craddock was that he influence me to stay in school and I thank him for that. rip craddock your in better place

  • Iris Cochran Imler Posted March 27, 2018 11:58 am

    So sorry for the loss of Chris. Many memories from Keyes and school. I thank him for his service in the Army and the influence he had on his students as expressed by them in the condolences. RIP Chris. You will be missed.

  • Paula Largo Posted March 28, 2018 1:52 pm

    Mr. Craddock was a good man. He supported, teach, and helped so many students at Tse Yi Gai High School. We will truly miss him because he was our backbone for our school. I am going to miss him truly for he was a good person to talk to and helped me so much. RIP, Mr. Craddock.

  • Allen Wayne Craddock Posted March 29, 2018 9:44 am

    Wish I could make the trip to be there. I wish I had known uncle Chris better but he always went out of his way to make me feel like we had known each other a lifetime.

  • Steven R Cummings Posted October 26, 2018 6:20 pm

    RIP Drill Sgt Craddock, you help shape me into the man I am, thank you. You will be missed. Bravo 11, 1981

  • Charles S Mock Posted October 28, 2018 6:09 pm

    This man was a great leader in the Army. He was my First Sergeant while stationed in Korea. I looked up to him as did many more Military Police. May his family know he touched so many lives in a positive way that there is no one who can compare to him. God bless him, God has a true leader leading his army of angels.

  • Charles Guey Posted November 7, 2018 9:45 pm

    Sorry to hear the passing of John. Served with John with the 545th MP Co 1st Cav Division at Fort Hood in the mid 70’s. Great person and a professional MP Sgt. Godspeed John.

  • Brian Maccormack Posted November 14, 2018 12:35 pm

    I’d like everyone know he was a great leader and cared for his soldiers. I was one of his soldiers when he was the 1SG of the 2nd MP Co 2nd Inf Div Camp Casey Korea. I never saw him smile and thought he was a gruff man but I do know he cared and supported us, his soldiers. I came back to the states on leave and found my wife cheating on me, she also wiped out the savings, etc. I didnt have money to take a commercial flight back to Koreas and had to fly back using military flights. I came back 3 or 4 days late. 1SG Craddock could’ve thrown the book at me but he showed compassion and understanding. I did get a Article 15 but it was summarized so I didnt lose money or rank. So I’m very, very thankful. RIP. Old Soldier and thank you.

  • Mike Hamilton Posted November 25, 2018 1:45 am

    John was my 1SG when I was a Platoon Sergeant! He was the best! We hung out together, and had fun! I learned allot from him! God Bless you John

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