Craig Louis Zafforoni

Craig Louis Zafforoni, 55, of Alsea,Ore., died Feb. 27 at his home at Schoolhouse Acres Farm. He was born Oct. 23, 1950.

Craig was called to play tunes for our heavenly father. During his walk here on earth, he touched lives around the world, and he leaves behind a legacy of art, music and friendship. Craig’s romantic spirit blessed relationships throughout his life.

Craig was born in Spokane and graduated from Lebanon High School in Oregon in 1968. He also considered graduating from Western Oregon College in 1972. He was a member of the Monmouth Fire Department and served in the Marine Corps Reserves.

He fell in love with the fertile Alsea Valley and made a living salvage logging and creating timeless works of art. A love of boats and water took Craig to live in the San Juan Islands for 10 years. While on Orcas, he pursued his love of art by teaching and creating with materials that included cedar and willow.

Craig’s yearly trips to Mexico were a source of inspiration and rejuvenation.

On the birth of his second granddaughter, Craig rejoined the Alsea Valley community and fulfilled his childhood love of farming.

His timeless works of art and multitude of friendships are his legacy.

Craig is survived by parents Carol H. Jones and Richard D. Jones of Welches, Ore.; daughter Greta VanHorn and son-in-law Joe VanHorn of Alsea; and brother Kevin R. Jones, sister Cynthia Corlett, granddaughters JoAnn Christine VanHorn, Jesacraig Juanita VanHorn and Kimberly Dawn VanHorn, and great-grandson Eben VanHorn.

A celebration of life service will be officiated by Gilbert Strom at 4 p.m., March 11 at the Thyme Garden in Alsea. A potluck will follow.

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Contributions can be made in his name to a scholarship fund for Alsea High School.