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
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
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
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