Lee H. Craft, 74, of Pinckney passed away in the early minutes of March 12, 2020. The only child of Harold and Catherine Craft (Lisk) of Ionia, Michigan, Lee entered this world on June 4, 1945. A star athlete throughout his high school career, he excelled in basketball, baseball and especially golf where he held course records for decades.
Lee obtained his Bachelor degree in Pre-med and Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Special Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration, all from his beloved University of Michigan. He was an educator who began his teaching career at Crestwood High School in Dearborn where he also coached the cross-country team. He then began a long career at J.W. Maxey Boys Training School in Whitmore Lake beginning in 1978 and culminating as the Director of Education. He led Maxey through the accreditation process with North Central Association allowing the students to receive a diploma rather than a GED preparation certificate. He then became a Consultant for Wayne Regional Education Service Agency assisting Wayne county schools with School Improvement initiatives to increase their student achievements. He joined the Michigan Department of Education administering Federal Title 1D and Section 31a Grants.
In his spare time, Lee taught himself how to build things, culminating in his crowning achievement; his beloved “Handcrafted” home on Bois Blanc Island in Northern Michigan. It began with 10 acres and a dream. The finished home took 30+ years to build and was created with trees harvested from the land. It was truly a work of love for him and he loved looking out at the Mighty Mackinac Bridge.
Lee is survived by his wife of 34 years, Joanne (Craig), daughter Jenna Craft, son-in-law Tobin Klusty of Seattle and mother-in-law Marie Craig of Brighton. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Warren Craig and wife Pattye of Conroe, Texas, nephew Tony Craig, nieces Katyn Christman (Todd) and Sarah Gross (Michael). His cousins held a special place in his heart, most especially Judie and Dick Nelson of Sumter, SC. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Lee Jr. who died in infancy.
His Farewell… Lee’s family and friends will gather Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 2:00 till time of service at 4:00pm at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. Please leave a message of comfort for Lee’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign his guestbook at www.borekjennings.com.
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