C. Pat and Jean Craigen Scholarship
Pat Craigen was born November 15, 1918 in Neche, North Dakota. He passed away August 16, 2003 in Spokane. He was survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Vicki Craigen; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Tim Burns; and son-in-law, Carl Hueber. Pat and his wife, Jean, were married for 54 years when she passed away. Their daughter, Kellie Hueber, passed away in 1996.
Pat had been a resident of the Spokane community for 58 years and was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church for over 40 years. Pat graduated from Pacific Coast School of Banking at the University of Washington in 1960. He was a banker for 47 years with Old National Bank and retired as President of First National Bank and was a lobbyist for Washington Bankers Association. He had also been a past president of the Spokane North Rotary Club, the Spokane Club and the Retail Credit Association. He was a past member of the Empire Club, Spokane Country Club, Knights of Columbus and a proud 53-year member of the Gonzaga University Bulldog Club. Pat was a WWII Army Veteran and served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.
Jean was born in Flint, Michigan on April 7, 1927. She moved to Spokane with her family as a child and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1946. After high school, she began working for Old National Bank in the East Sprague office. It was through her job at the bank that she met and eventually married Pat on July 3, 1948.
Jean spent many years as a wife and homemaker before she went back to work at the Spokane County elections department where she worked on several elections over the years.
For many years she was involved in the Altar Society at St. Thomas More Parish as well as the annual Poor Claire Sister’s fund raisers. In addition, she was an avid golfer at the Spokane Country Club and was past president of the ladies 9-hole group.
Even though Jean didn’t have the opportunity to attend college she knew the value of a college education as she witnessed her three children’s graduations as well as several of her grandchildren and a son and daughter-in-law.
As far as being a GU basketball fan, she was second only to Pat and attended many games as a season ticket holder for several years.
The endowed scholarship was started in 2003 by Pat and Jean as a gift to Gonzaga University and the future students who would benefit from these funds. The Craigen children continue to invest in the fund in their parents’ honor. The first awards were available in academic year 2005-06 and awards are given through the Athletic Department.