Craig Kapp, RIP
week I lost a good friend to mesothelioma, a deadly cancer for which
there is no known cure and that kills rapidly. My friend and colleague
went for a six mile run last August and afterwards coughed a few times.
He decided to see a doctor about it and within a very short time the
doctors determined that he had mesothelioma, even though he had never
knowingly been exposed to asbestos.
a very strong and healthy man, put up a valiant fight, even receiving
some very advanced medical treatment, but he lost his battle with this
awful cancer last week. He leaves behind a wonderful family – his wife,
Susan, his son, Noah (fiancée – Tiffany), his daughter, Taylor, and his
joined our company about three years ago and he not only brought great
talent and abilities, but also great enthusiasm and determination.
Craig was extremely creative. His talent enriched our organization and
was of great benefit to the clients he served, as well as to all of us.
He was innovative and successfully tried new approaches that inspired
others on our team, as well as benefitted our clients. Craig had the
best success record in the agency for creating and mailing high
performance fund appeals.
as good as Craig’s talents were, that was not the measure of this man.
If I would praise Craig for some successful innovation or for doing
some other thing that worked well, he had a simple response, “If it’s
good it’s God; if it’s crap it’s Kapp.” The first time I heard that it
took me aback, but the more I thought about it, I saw the Godly wisdom
behind those words.
Craig was saying to me and to all who heard it (and he repeated it
daily) was that all his talents and abilities and drive and inspiration
originated with God. He was saying that “Every good and perfect gift
comes from God above.” (James 1:17) That was Craig Kapp.
unhesitatingly gave all glory to God for everything good he
accomplished. He was a humble servant of his Savior, Jesus. He carried
his Bible with him whenever he traveled and did so not only to read it,
but also to witness his faith in his Lord. He lived his faith. He
shared it unashamedly with anyone who had open ears to listen.
had the privilege of participating in a Bible study of the book of
Philippians with Craig. His contributions to the study were often blunt
but always insightful. Some were put off by his blunt, straightforward
approach to life, but unvarnished candor was simply his way. What you
saw with Craig was what you got.
course, Craig was just like you and me – an imperfect sinner – but he
strove mightily to serve the Lord. I will miss him greatly. He was one
of those people that God brings into our lives who inspires us and who
affects our outlook on life forever. He would tell you that he was
saved by the Grace of God.
friend, Craig, was a proud American. He served his country in the
military and kept on serving it by supporting and working for groups
that believed in traditional American values. He revered our
forefathers, believed in limited government, and sought to preserve
individual freedom for his children and grandchildren.
of course, loved his family dearly. When he spoke of his wife or his
children his voice took on a special tone of love, care, pride and
protection. He talked of his wife and children with a smile on his face
and a special glow in his eyes. I know they find his loss immense and
my prayers are with them.
world was a better place because Craig Kapp was in it. He was a
friend, a colleague, a believer and a patriot. He will be missed.