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Elmer Craft Jr. (Nov. 3, 1932-Feb. 1, 2021)
By Sentinel News Service
Published April 22, 2021

(Courtesy photo)

Born to Mary and Elmer Craft in Mariana, Pennsylvania.  His parents sent him to Los Angeles, CA with $25 in his pocket at the age of 17.  While in college, the army drafted him into the Korean War in which he served.  Mr. Craft graduated from UCLA and enjoyed a successful career as a Real Estate Appraiser for 40yrs. He worked part time after retirement until he was 75yrs old.   In 1955, he married long time friend Denise Craft (who preceded him) and they soon became Muslims.  Mr. Craft was probably the last survivor of a deadly police attack on the Nation of Islam in 1962.  He will be remembered as a role model- wise, honorable, resilient man who was always there for his children.  Mr. Craft loved jazz (played saxophone ) and the little city Inglewood, a resident for over 45yrs.  It reminded him of back home he said.  He passed peacefully in the arms of family; and is survived by two daughters, a grandson, granddaughter, great grandson ‘Champ’, nieces and nephews.  We Love You Dad.  RIP

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