Craig Emery passed away December 29, 2021, as result of a medical procedure. Craig was born December 11, 1946, to George H. Emery & Darl Minnie Roberts in Salt Lake City, Utah. He grew up in Holladay, Utah and graduated from Olympus High School in 1965 where he excelled as a straight A student. Craig also attended the University of Utah. In 1971 he met the love of his life Diana Rae Allen and were married February 14, 1972. In 1982 their daughter Robyn Emery (Eulloqui) was born who Craig absolutely adored. Craig was always proud of and happy to share with anyone all the great accomplishments Robyn was achieving. He spent 34 years working for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier, trainer and supervisor, and retired in 2002. In addition, Craig spent 15 years working for H&R Block as a senior tax consultant.
In spite of some challenging health issues later in life, Craig was always optimistic and extremely cheerful. He had a voracious appetite to read and comprehend most anything. Once playing Trivial Pursuits against his entire family, he demolished them all with a memory and ability to reason out all the answers. Craig was a very thoughtful and engaging individual. He could strike up a robust conversation with anyone and would when given the opportunity.
Craig loved sports of all kinds and was a huge Mickey Mantle and NY Yankees fan. One of the highlights of his life was to attend a game in the old Yankee Stadium before it was torn down. As a sibling or friend, you learned early on, never challenge Craig on baseball trivia. He knew facts and statistics about players and games that happened long before he was born. As a young boy, he had a baseball card collection that could rival any.
Craig was preceded in death by his parents, George & Darl Emery, his in-laws Frank & Eva Allen, and a brother-in-law Bob Allen. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Diana (Allen) Emery, daughter Robyn (Alex) Eulloqui, and his two siblings, Randy (Corrine) C. Emery and Leslie (Roger) Mendenhall and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers Craig asked that donations be made to Primary Children's Hospital.
A viewing will be held in his honor on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, from 6 to 8 pm at Larkin Mortuary in Riverton (3688 West 12600 South, Riverton, Utah 84065).
I am so sorry to hear about my cousin Craig. He was always so nice to me and always had a big smile and I loved his laugh. I hope your family feels comfort. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Remember all the fun times and it will carry you through. Love you all!
I offer my condolences to Diana and the rest of Craig’s family. I have fond memories of Craig. I am twelve years younger than Craig. I think of the annual Christmas train celebration where our extended families would visit each other’s home (significant amounts of alcohol were consumed ). Craig seemed to always have a funny story to share.
We cherish our memories of Craig and we pray for Diana and Robyn to have peace and strength at this difficult time.
Craig was a wonderful friend and neighbor. We dearly enjoyed our times together – at dinners and family gatherings. Craig’s contagious laughter and refreshing humor lightened our moods. We always felt uplifted after connecting with him.
Craig had a brilliant mind and a keen memory. We felt he that he should've competed on Jeopardy! He would have been a big winner.
When he and Diana and Robyn moved from our neighborhood, we knew it was time for us to do the same. Months later we sold our home and the Emerys, under Craig’s direction, helped haul and store some of our belongings until we could get into our new residence. In addition they shared their Thanksgiving dinner with us. We will forever remember their kind gesture.
We have many more nice memories of Craig and his family than we can share here. The Emerys will always be good friends – they’ve made our lives more enjoyable.
Steve & Adrienne Madsen
Sorry to hear about Craig passing away. What a great man to know. May you have peace be with you love Kris Sorensen
I am so sorry to hear of Craig's passing. Your family were such good people and neighbors. May peace be with you. Love Kristine