Craig Bryce Starbird

April 20, 1997 ~ July 15, 2022 (age 25)


Craig Bryce Starbird, was born April 20, 1997 in San Diego, CA, and moved to Illinois at
three years old. Craig passed away near his home in Kuna, Idaho where he lived with his Aunt
Kay and cousin Kalvin on July 15, 2022. Craig graduated in the top 10 of his graduating class
from Grayslake Central High School, class of 2015. There he enjoyed music and the performing
arts. He led the Grayslake Central Marching Rams, the marching band, for 2 years as a Drum
Major and earned International Thespian honors for his contributions to the Encore theatre
program. Craig was an avid saxophone player, sending shivers down your spine when he played.

He received the Louis Armstrong award, for outstanding musical achievement and incredible
dedication to his program.

Craig moved to Kuna, Idaho, in 2018. He enjoyed watching anime, reading manga and
fantasy novels, playing video games, pinochle, and building legos. His kind loving spirit inspired
many. Craig was a man of few words, but cared deeply for those he loved, and was passionate
about doing what's right.

He will forever be missed.

Craig leaves behind his parents Kim and Reid Whetham along with Sean Starbird;
brothers Chase Whetham-Starbird and Dylan Whetham, and sister Ashley Whetham;
Grandparents Dave and Peggy Gregory, Joe and Suzanne Craig, John and Geri Whetham, and
David Starbird. In addition he had many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Here are a couple quotes from his favorite artists.

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -Maya Angelou

“Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them.” -Hayao Miyazaki

There will be a gathering of friends and family on Friday, July 22, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Willowbrook Senior Community Center, 5601 Willowlawn Way, Garden City, Idaho 83714.

Another gathering will be held Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Lake County Forest Preserve, Nippersink Shelter A, from 11am to sunset, 900 W Belvidere Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to suicide awareness, prevention and grief recovery. Following are two suggestions:



Gathering of Family and Friends
July 22, 2022

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Willowbrook Senior Community Center
5601 Willowlawn Way
Garden City, ID 83714

Gathering of Family and Friends
August 13, 2022

11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Lake County Forest Preserve, Nippersink Shelter A
900 W Belvidere Rd
Round Lake, IL 60073

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