Bob Craft

Profile Updated: April 4, 2022
Residing In: Eagle, ID USA
Spouse/Partner:

The love of my life, Sue
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Occupation: Unemployed, between jobs, and not looking for work
Military Service: US Army  
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LIFE


After graduating from OHS, I went to Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls, Oregon. In 1963, I got married and by 1965, we had 2 children, Angie and Steve. However, by this time she had decided she didn't want to be married to me (she had someone else she wanted to marry) so she divorced me in December 1965. In February 1966, she remarried and I was drafted into the US Army. I spent almost 2 years in the Army and was discharged in December 1967. In 1968, I got married again. She had 2 children, Doug and Cara, whom I adopted and we had a set of twins, David and Allana. Allana passed away at the age of 1 day. In 1978, the marriage wasn't working and we divorced. In 1980, I married the love of my life and my best friend, Sue. We celebrated 34 years of marriage in February 2014. Sue and I have 3 children. Andy is 33 and graduated from the University of Idaho in May 2003 with a degree in Computer Science and is currently working as a programer for Boise Company in Boise, Idaho. He married Amber Upchurch on August 16, 2008. Andy and Amber had their first child (our first grand-daughter), Lillian Maureen Craft, on September 3, 2011. Andy and Amber had their second daughter, Charlotte Susan Craft on October 19, 2014. Matt is 31 and graduated in May 2008 from the University of Idaho with a degree in Virtual Technology and Design and minors in computer science and architecture. Matt is currently working as a multimedia developer for HDR Engineering in Boise, Idaho. Lindsay is 30 and graduated from the University of Idaho in December 2006 with a degree in Accounting and a degree in Finance. She married Joe Santoro on July 15, 2006 and is a Manager, Finance with ConAgra/Lamb Weston in Eagle, Idaho. Lindsay and Joe had their first child (our first grand-son) on June 6, 2011. Brody Joseph Santoro was a big boy weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces. Lindsay and Joe had their second son, Liam Joseph Santoro, on August 23, 2013. I retired from Qwest Communications (formerly US West) in September, 2000 after 36 1/2 years. Sue left Qwest in July, 2001 and officially retired in July, 2003 with 31 1/2 years. I went back to work part time with the Idaho Transportation Department in August, 2002. I retired from the Idaho Transportation Department on August 24, 2007. No more working for me.





In 1974, I started flying hang gliders. I was a part owner of The Hang Glider Shop in Boise for several years. We sold a few gliders and gave a lot of lessons. I posted some hang gliding pictures at http://westescalante.com/hg1.htm. I flew hang gliders until 1982 when we were transferred to Utah for 3 years and I found that I just didn't have the time for flying plus working and family. In my flying career, I was lucky enough to have survived several unscheduled landings (crashes usually the result of an aborted takeoff) and only spent one night in a hospital.



MILITARY


I was drafted into the in February 1966. I went through basic at Ft Ord, California. After basic, I was sent to Ft Lewis, Washington. In November 1966, I was on temporary duty for 60 days at Edgewood Army Arsenal, Maryland. While I was there, I was a medical volunteer (human guinea pig). My first job there was to dress in cold weather gear and ride a stationary bike for 30 minutes in a freezer at 20 below zero while wearing a gas mask. They were testing different compounds to reduce condensation on the lenses of the gas mask. I did this daily for several weeks. Later I was hospitalized and injected with a drug that made my blood stop clotting. I was in the hospital for several days until the drug's effect wore off. I always thought it was an exotic drug but in 2008, I found out it was only heparin. In 1967, I volunteered for an all expenses paid vacation trip in beautiful Southeast Asia. I arrived in Vietnam in April 1967 at Cam Rahn Bay and was sent to Di An and assigned to the 595th Signal Company which supported the 1st Infantry Division. Since my unit supported the 1st Division , we also had the honor of participating with them on night ambush patrols. I was the one who carried the M60 machine gun. There is nothing like going out into the jungle at night and laying down and realizing that you are lying on an ant hill. We did have some fun, though. We did a little water skiing on the Saigon river. This was a lot of fun if you didn't mind someone taking a shot at you once in a while. We also consumed a fair amount of alcohol. I have posted pictures of my time in Vietnam at http://1967vacation.westescalante.com. (If you visit my site, please sign the guest book so I will know you were there.) I returned to the US and was discharged from the Army in December 1967.


OTHER


Somebody suggested that I include this picture on my profile.

Keep this in mind: with photos as in life, all things are not necessarily true.


In May 2013, I started a new job. I drive a parking lot shuttle van at the Boise VA Hospital on Monday mornings from 8Am to 12Noon.






Brody Joseph Santoro - Born 6-6-11







Lillian Maureen Craft - Born 9-3-11







Liam Joseph Santoro - Born 8-23-13







Charlotte Susan Craft - Born 10-19-14





School Story:

Two of the parties named in this story are deceased and therefore unable to dispute this story but I think they would remember it and have a laugh. I am not naming the third party because I don't want to incriminate him but if he reads this, he will remember.

In the Fall of '61, on a Friday night, Bill Bezates (OHS class of '63), another guy and I decided we needed to have some beer. We talked to Skip McCoshum who we knew had the means to procure some beer for us. We ended up with a couple of six packs. Bill, Unnamed Guy, and I headed to Weiser for some unknown reason. We were drinking our beer and Bill was driving his parent's green '59 Chevy. Bill came to a stop sign and saw a cop car. Bill panicked and ran the stop sign. With the fear of his parent's wrath and time in jail, Bill hit the gas. The cops turned on the red light on the top of their car and the chase was on.

Bill headed for the Oregon border with the cop car in pursuit. We were rapidly pulling away from the cop car but we knew he must have a radio and was radioing ahead to the Oregon State Police and the Ontario Police. As we went up the hill on the Oregon side of the border out of Weiser, we pitched the remaining beer out the window. We hit the highway towards Ontario and were going at least 100 - 110 mph. Time has faded that memory.

The highway to Ontario on the Oregon Slope has several 90 degree turns in it. When we hit the first one, Bill decided that, rather than taking it as fast as we were going, he would continue straight on a gravel road. In the distance behind us, we could see the red light on the top of the cop car flashing. We weren't sure where we were going but Bill knew the area. He decided to take a left turn at the next intersection. We were going so fast when he hit the turn that he slid the car off the road into the borrow pit. Since we were going so fast, he just kept kept the gas pedal down and we fishtailed back on to the road. When we got to the next intersection, Bill decided to turn right. Again, since we were going so fast, Bill slid the car off the side of the road when he made the turn and fishtailed it back on to the road. The cop car was far behind at this point (at least a mile or more).

Bill took several other turns onto gravel roads and we ended up parking and hiding somewhere in a field near the Bezates Ranch on Oregon Slope. We knew the cops had never been close enough to get the license number so all they had was a description of the car. We hid out for several hours and then took the back routes into Ontario. We were scared that we would somehow get caught but we never did.

I don't think we ever went back to Weiser in Bill's car again. We did go back several days later to where we had pitched the beer out but we were unable to find any of it.







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Jul 19, 2022 at 12:05 PM

Welcome home and have another Happy Birthday Day !!

Jul 19, 2022 at 9:19 AM

Happy birthday and thanks to your brother for all his work on the OHS stuff ....

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Mar 29, 2022 at 9:00 PM

I remember Eddie as being a very quiet person.  Like every one else, I always wondered what had happened to him.  Over the years, I have searched for him so I could add the information to his profile.  I found an Eddie Dorris who had passed away in Arizona but wasn't sure it was the same Eddie until recently.  A few days ago, I found him on a genealogy site that confirmed it was Eddie who had passed away in Arizona.  There was a link to a woman who claimed to be his sister.  I contacted her and she gave me some additional info.  Then I found the newspaper artcle about his marriage and the picture of his headstone.  Rest in peace, Eddie.

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Not much I can add to all the comments about Bill.  I do remember spending several days in Bill's room at the Mallard brewing and bottling a batch of home brew.  After bottling it in some old Oly bottles, I stored a case of it under the coal in my parent's basement coal room.  (What kid today even knows what a coal room was?).   That home brew was some of the worst tasting stuff there was but we tried.  
 

I was happy for Bill and Colleen when they reconnected after the class of 62's 40th reunion.  Enjoyed spending a weekend in Galveston, Texas in the Fall of 2002 with Colleen, Bill, and several other classmates.
 

Rest In peace, Bill.  See you again on the other side.

Jul 19, 2020 at 2:19 PM

Man, you're old!!!

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Bob,not going to make the reunion this year. Please let appropriate people know...

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Bob Craft has left an In Memory comment for Diane Sargent Fehr.
Jan 23, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Diane was a neighbor of mine growing up in Ontario so I had known her most of our school years.  The thing that I remember most about Diane was when we graduated from OHS.  I don't know if it was a tradition or what but for some reason girls asked boys to walk down the aisle with them at the graduation ceremony.  To my surprise, Diane asked me to walk with her.  I was thinking, 'Wow, Diane Sargent asked me!".  Any way, the night of graduation, I was almost late to the ceremony because I some kind of car trouble.  Diane told me she was so worried that I was not going to show up.  After that night, I saw Diane a few times, mostly at class reunions.

Rest in Peace, Diane!  We will all be thinking of you at our 55th class reunion in September.

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The grand kids, February 2015.
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Happy Birthday, Jan. Hope you had a great day. Looking forward to seeing you again at the 55th in 2017!

Bob Craft has left an In Memory comment for Bev Terry Taylor.
Sep 03, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Bev and I were friends our freshman and sophomore years at OHS.  If I remember right, she quit school the last semester of our senior year.  She wasn't failing, she was just bored.  I always hoped that she would come to one of our reunions but she never did. 

Her dad had a band that my dad sometimes play with.  The band played sometimes at the Elks.  Seems like the band was (Art) Terry and the Pirates (or am I thinking of a comic strip?). Her dad was also a policeman, I think.  One of her sisters was named Sandra and was in the class of 1959.

RIP Bev!

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To celebrate my 70th birthday on July 19, 2014, I did a tandem skydive from 16,000 ASL. My son, Matt, jumped with me. It was the first and probably the last jump for both of us.
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Oregon Coast Beach House, August 2010
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This is the family. No grandkids yet, just grandpuppies.
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Anti Vietnam War Protest at White House 1966

This is an 8mm film of an anti Vietnam war protest in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. in November 1966. The film is 42 years old so the quality is not the best. Be sure to check out the old cars.
Posted: Jul 22, 2014 at 9:07 PM

F4 Phantom Airstrike on VC near Binh Nham,Vietnam 1967, Rev1

This is an 8mm movie of an F4 Phantom airstrike on VC near Binh Nham, Vietnam in 1967. This movie is not great quality but after 40 years, this is what you get. This is an update of an earlier video I uploaded on 10-22-07. I spent some time with the 8mm and have added additional footage and I hope a little better quality.
Posted: Jul 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Hang Gliding, Banks, Idaho, 1978

With a Super 8mm movie camera attached to my hang glider, I flew from the mountain near Banks and landed on the west side of the river. Sorry, no sound. In 1978, we were lucky to have 8mm cameras.
Posted: Jul 22, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Hang Gliding 1980

Some 8mm movies that I had converted to digital. The 8mm movies were taken in 1980.
Posted: Jul 25, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Skydiving on my 70th Birthday

I needed something exciting to do to celebrate my celebrate my 70th birthday. I decided that I would make a tandem skydive with my son. We jumped from 16,000 feet asl (13,500 feet above ground level), free fell for about a minute to 5000 feet and rode a parachute the rest of the way. Fun and exciting but a lot of time and preparation for a short period of excitement. Would rather have been hang gliding!