Artist, athlete, camper, climber, skier, lover, friend, meditator, spiritual warrior, Buddhist, risk-taker, initiator, traveler, philanthropist, relaxed, ice cream eater, Landmark leader, Figi, Springfield, Ill. Kid& just some of the ways Craig Jenkins has been known by those who love him.
Craig was an inspiration, admired by many. He lived fully while he also contended with cancer for more than three years, facing his disease with grace and mindfulness. Craig challenged many limitations that arose due to his cancer, adapting in ways that allowed him to continue to live adventurously. Obstacles were met with delight; he thrived on intensity, truth and creativity.
Craig Strohm Jenkins was born on April 17, 1962, in LaGrange, Ill. The son of Robert and Ellen Jenkins, he was raised in Springfield, Ill. and graduated from Springfield High School. He continued on to Colorado College, where he graduated as class president with a degree in economics. He received a master’s degree from the University of California at Davis, in international agricultural development.
Craig’s activities have included working for the Foreign Agricultural Service promoting U.S. wood products abroad, volunteering for the Peace Corps in Uruguay and, recently, with decided passion, diving into a career as an artist. A Park City resident for the past five years, Craig was also chosen to participate in the Park City Arts Festival for the past several years. A successful painter and photographer, Craig used his creativity to help deal with his cancer. He completed a series titled, "Impermanence, A Cancer Journey," which will be shown at the Spotted Frog in Park City and at the Finch Lane Gallery in Salt Lake City. This series, along with his other artwork, can be seen at his Web site: http://www.craigjenkins.artspan.com.
Craig left a legacy of philanthropy, including a cancer support group he started at Huntsman Cancer Center, a continuing Thursday evening meditation group for healing that he began at Park City Yoga, and a charitable trust that will benefit international causes.
Craig’s death, on Oct. 14, 2006, is preceded by the cancer deaths of his mother Ellen Jenkins and his sister Linda Matthews. He is survived by his father Robert Jenkins, stepmother Joanne Newcomb Jenkins, niece and nephew Noelle and Conor Matthews, brother and sister-in-law Charlie and Heidi Matthews, and brother-in-law Michael Ballasses — all Park City residents, as well as his sister Amy Jenkins, niece Audrey Jenkins Sieswerda and brother-in-law John Sieswerda, of Peterborough, N.H.
Craig traveled the world living a life of great adventure; in death he embarks upon his next significant journey, and this world will miss him.
Private family graveside services will be followed by a celebration of Craig’s life. Friends are invited Thursday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m., at 2685 Sunny Slopes Drive, Park City.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Craig Jenkins Charitable Trust, which Craig created to benefit Third World nations.
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