John David Craig, long-time Indianapolis attorney, public affairs advocate, public speaker and actor, died Nov. 20, 2008, at St. Vincent's Hospice, Indianapolis. He was 73.
A native of Brazil, he graduated from Indiana University, where he also attended law school. John was a special agent of the FBI, with postings in Albuquerque and Los Angeles.
His duties also included serving as the technical advisor for the TV series, "The FBI." He later practiced law in Los Angeles, Brazil and Indianapolis and was active with the Indiana Forum, a respected civic, political and philanthropic endeavor. He also taught at Indiana University School of Law.
John's varied experiences in law and government made him a sought-after speaker, with topics ranging from current events to motivational themes. He was active in Indianapolis community theater for more than 20 years and was a successful voice-over personality for a variety of commercials and public service announcements. Highlights of his performance career included featured roles in movies, "The Shawshank Redemption," and "Eight Men Out." In recent years, he enjoyed writing and Karaoke singing.
John was devoted to family and his many friends. He could always be trusted to provide a common sense approach to complex matters and do it with a sense of humor and a spirit of goodwill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, former Indiana Gov. George Craig and Kathryn Craig.
Surviving are his son Matt Craig and wife Courtney, Los Angeles, daughters Carrie Hair and husband Tom, Indianapolis, and Jennifer Weber and husband Dan, Dayton, grandsons Jonathan and Stephen Hair, Indianapolis, sister Margie Farnsworth, San Diego, and long-time companion Gail Newmark, Indianapolis.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m., Dec. 27, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, followed by private inurnment in Clear View Cemetery, Brazil.
Donations are suggested to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, N.Y., 10305.
Arrangements are through Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, Carmel.