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Olympia will dearly miss warrior poet Craig Oare, 1947-2014


Craig Oare came to the close of his life at the age of 66, on October 9, 2014, surrounded by the primal beauty of his much-loved Olympic National Forest.

Craig was an accomplished Olympia poet and author of six chapbooks. He was a longtime member of Olympia Poetry Network and Warrior Poets Society. He loved to spend time downtown at Traditions, where he could often be found drinking coffee, discussing politics, life, or baseball with friends, and working on poems.

During the more than thirty years he resided in Olympia, Craig worked as a caregiver, school bus driver, and, his favorite, a bookseller at Orca Books. Prior to moving to Olympia, Craig also enjoyed working at Raintree Nursery in Morton.

The firstborn child of Dale and Irma Oare, Craig entered the world on November 8, 1947 in Iowa. He grew up in southern California, and earned his B.A. in history at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

To his family and many friends, Craig was a sparkling presence in our lives, a gently yet strongly determined force for good in the world, a deep thinker, and a master of puns. He is survived in loving memory by his dad and second mom, Dale and Sherry Oare of South Dakota, and his sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Marc Jones of Olympia.

There will be a memorial gathering on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary of Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2300 East End Street NW, Olympia. Friends are invited to speak, read, play music, or simply sit and listen, in honor of Craig.

Memories and messages may be posted to Craig’s guest book on Craig left his wish that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amnesty International. –Craig Oare’s family

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