Scripps Ranch resident and longtime volunteer Craig Blower passed away in March after battling cancer. He was 63. According to his daughter, Bradyn, he passed away peacefully and was comfortable in his last days.
He lived such an inspiring and giving life that he was honored posthumously by the city of San Diego. Councilmember Mark Kersey declared May 1, 2016, Craig Blower Day in San Diego and made the presentation to Craig’s family at the SRCA Community Center.
Craig spent much of his time volunteering in the community, notably at Rady Children’s Hospital for 21 years. He created the children’s playroom at the hospital and every Wednesday night he would volunteer as a mentor for the kids. The Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit plans to put a plaque in the playroom honoring Craig.
Since 2005 he spent two weeks each year as a counselor for kids with cancer at Ronald McDonald Camp for Good Times. The camp gives the children and their families the chance to take a “break” from their disease and connect with others facing similar challenges. Its goal is to give patients and families renewed hope.
In addition to all his work at the hospital, Craig was an extraordinarily active and invaluable member of San Diego Rotary Club 33. He chaired Camp Enterprise, an annual three-day camp for about 80 juniors from more than 40 high schools in San Diego County. The young adults learn all aspects of business. They are encouraged to be creative thinkers, good team members, and ethical in all they do.
Craig was also a Rotary Reader, which turned into teaching science once a week for 1st and 2nd graders at Chavez Elementary School. It is one of the reasons that the CADES scholarship was established. It was named in honor of Craig and Doug Arbon, longtime Rotary Club members, for their early promotion of science learning. It is an annual scholarship given to underserved high school seniors who show aptitude and interest in the ever-growing field of STEM—science, technology, engineering, math.
For his “real” job, Craig served as the chief operating officer at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. He is survived by his wife, Kim; children Bradyn Miller (Monte) and Brett Blower; and Bill, the dog. He is also survived by his brothers Mike (Sharon), Kirk (Teresa), Brant (Joanne), and sister Janice McCarthy (Kelly) and their families. He will be sorely missed by all.