\nKim Craft suffered a heart attack while lifting weights on the evening of December 6th, 2022. He passed away in his home, doing what he loved, surrounded by loved ones. Kim was born on January 21st, 1959, to Karen and Robert Craft in Provo, Utah. He grew up in Chino, California and spent most of his free time on his grandfather’s ranches. He has many stories of the time he spent breaking horses, rounding up cattle, and building structures in Tehachapi, California, Safford, Arizona, and Chino, California. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Indianapolis, Indiana. On July 14th, 1989, he married Heidi Maureen Madrian in the Salt Lake City temple. Together, they had four daughters, Madeline (27) (married to Jordan Cox), Julia (25) (Cody Barney), Lauren (22) (Alex Kofford), and Sydney (19) and raised them in Cedar City, Utah. \n\nHe earned his PhD in Agricultural Economics in 1996 from the University of California at Davis, and soon after, accepted a job offer from Southern Utah University to become a professor of Economics in the School of Business. He was a lifelong learner and was known for his dedication to academic rigor. Over his 25 years at SUU, he has received many letters of appreciation from students who realized the value of his courses as their careers progressed. In addition to his academic positions, he was involved in a variety of other professional pursuits, including consulting work and the horse racing business.\n\nKim was always working towards an achievement. Each year he set a goal to hike to the top of Cedar City’s C trail in under an hour by the time the first snow of the season fell. He made meticulous plans to “bag peaks” multiple times a year, summitting King’s Peak, Twin Peak, and Mount Whitney to name a few. He and his wife Heidi had a tradition of hiking the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim and even rim-to-rim-to-rim each fall. In every goal he included his family, even going so far as to plan “training hikes” for his daughters in preparation for the big summits. In more recent years he became an avid mountain biker. Most evenings, he could be found riding Cedar City’s Southview trail system with family. \n\nMusic was an integral part of Kim’s life. Although most wouldn’t know it, he was an accomplished guitarist and spent almost every evening of his adult life strumming the guitar as he wound down before bed. He was in a band for many years and even performed an original song with his colleagues each year at SUU’s School of Business graduation ceremony. \n\nKim crossed an item off his “bucket list” when he became a grandparent in February of 2021. He enjoyed watching his daughter become a parent and watching his grandson reach various developmental milestones. He had a way of letting kids come to him first and speaking to them as if they were miniature adults. His grandson adored him and developed a funny little habit of collecting random objects to give to his grandpa, even over FaceTime. Although his grandson won’t be able to remember him, his family will archive many pictures and videos of their short time together. \n\nKim’s wife and daughters describe him as a selfless peacekeeper with sincere commitment to his principles, a large capacity for empathy and understanding, and tireless patience. He had a determination to live a full life and will be remembered for coining the phrase, “Yesterday’s gone, tomorrow’s not here, so today is the only day you’ve got. Make it a good one.” Many of his colleagues describe him as a man of character and quality and a friend. His family, friends, and community will never be able to replace what they’ve lost and are forever changed by his influence. Although he left us much sooner than we ever would have imagined, we are comforted by the knowledge that his life was full of satisfaction, love, and joy.\n\n\tKim is survived by his wife Heidi Craft (of Cedar City, Utah), his four daughters and grandson JJ, his mother Karen (of St. George, Utah), his four siblings, Barry Craft (of Pleasant Grove, Utah) and Ben Craft, Robin Jones, and Eric Craft (of St. George, Utah), his father-in-law Jost Madrian (of Cottonwood Heights, Utah), and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Rex Cooper Ellsworth and Nola Zobedia Ferrin and Robert Raymond Craft and Mary Geraldine McMullen, his father Robert (“Bob”) Craft, and his mother-in-law Maureen Madrian. \n\nFuneral services will be held Friday, December 16th, 2022, at 11:00am at the Mesa Hills Ward Chapel (1925 W 320 S, Cedar City). Viewings will be held on both Thursday December 15th, 2022 at 5:00pm at the Mesa Hills Ward Chapel (1925 W 320 S, Cedar City) as well as before the funeral service at 10:00am. Interment will follow the funeral service at the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.