Former Police Chief George Craig Dies

 

SANTA FE — SEP. 11, 1995 — Former Santa Fe police chief George M. Craig, 78, died Saturday after a short illness.

Craig was chief of police in the late 1960s and served more than 27 years on the police force. He also was a World War II veteran and a prisoner of war in Japan.

“He was a damn good chief. He was very strict. He was a military man, I guess that was part of it,” said Praxedes Sanchez, who worked at the police department under Craig. Sanchez said Craig required officers to keep their boots shined and their uniforms neat.

Craig’s widow, Dorothy, said Craig retired in 1975 and spent most of his retirement “puttering around in his workshop” repairing appliances and other things.

“As they say, ‘jack of all trades, master of none,’” Dorothy Craig said.

She said her husband barely escaped the Bataan Death March while he was stationed in the Philippines during World War II. He was captured by the Japanese a month later.

George Craig is survived by his wife, four children and five grandchildren.

Visitation will begin Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Berardinelli Mortuary Chapel, 1399 Luisa St., with a Rosary recited by the Union Protectiva at 4 p.m. and a parish Rosary at 7 p.m. Burial Mass is at noon Wednesday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church with burial following at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Berardinelli Mortuary, 984-8600.

 

Sharyn Obsatz for the New Mexican