Salt Lake City, Utah - Craig Taylor Stone, 57, stepped into the welcoming arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 20th, 2021.

Craig was born October 19th, 1963, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Irene Taylor Stone and Dr Rodney Alan Stone. Craig married Nicole McLelland Stone on July 20th, 1991 and although they had parted ways she was, and remains, a beloved family member. He graduated from the University of Utah and earned a Master’s Degree in English Literature. Craig was a teacher at Taylorsville High School, University of Phoenix, and Western Governor’s University. He joined the great team at Progrexion Credit Repair while teaching at night. Craig loved his family and was dearly loved by them. He is survived by his son, Caleb Taylor Stone; his former wife, Nicole McLelland Stone; sisters Melanie L. Stone and Michelle A. Bilanzich (Chris); and niece, Emile Irene Franchow.

Craig was a wonderful musician and was a drummer for several local bands. He was included in recording sessions and loved playing live gigs. In early life, he enjoyed family outings in Southern Utah with forays into amateur geology and archeology. Utah may have been home, but the Oregon Coast always held sway when it came to vacations. Caleb and Craig had great fun playing video games and going to concerts. Caleb will always be grateful for the love of literature and music that his dad instilled. Craig was a faithful servant to God, his family, and friends. He lived his life with integrity, honor, and compassion.

For the expert care they provided Craig’s family wishes to thank the nurses, doctors, and staff at St. Mark’s Hospital.

In accordance with his explicit instructions, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah, to honor both Craig and his son Caleb:

Brain Injury Assistance, Education, and Advocacy | Brain Injury Alliance of Utah (

Phone: 801-709-1420

Address: Brain Injury Alliance of Utah

1338 S Foothill Drive

Unit #240

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84108


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  • Survived By
  • Caleb Stone, Son
  • Nicole Stone, Former Wife
  • Melanie Stone, Sister
  • Michelle Bilanzich, Sister
  • Emile Franchow, Niece

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Melanie Stone

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Feb 24, 2021


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Rest well my Brother,

I have known Craig since I was 15 years of age, we met at Brighton High School as young musicians in music class. Craig lived just down the street from me so I would go over to his house to jam music often. Rush, Foghat and Styx were always on the list. After high school I moved to Southern California to chase my dreams. Craig and Ihad lost touch until I moved back home to Utah 30 years later.

My how our Lord works in wonderfully mysterious ways.

The next thing I knew we were in a band together again and ROCKIN clubs together. We had both gone and came back full circle in life.

I did not know he was ill and was devastated by news of his passing.

He was a great man, a father, teacher, humanitarian and friend.

We Love You Man, see you again my Black Sheep Brother 🙏🏼

James Jones

James Jones , West Valley , UT, US Mar 04, 2021

I have known Craig since Jr. High. He was a very kind and talented musician. Really played the drums well. He was a great man and will be truly missed. I am sorry for your loss. Kenny Nielson

Kenny Nielson , Phoenix , AZ, US Feb 27, 2021

Craig was a very big part of our work family at Credit He will be desperatley missed in the coming years. Seems the good ones are always taken too early. However we all know he is "ROCKIN WITH THE ANGELS!!!" now. My condolences to his family especially his son. Take comfort in each other and take comfort in knowing he will always be watching over those that he loved. ROCK ON CRAIG....Shellie Brown

Shellie Brown , West valley , UT, US Feb 27, 2021

Craig was a beautiful human being. I was so saddened to hear of his passing. May his memory be everlasting.....

Noula L Mantas-Lowe , Price, UT, US Feb 26, 2021

I met Craig on the first day of 6th grade and always considered him a friend. He was such a nice guy. RIP Craig 🙏

Traci Feb 25, 2021

This is a beautiful tribute to Craig and the perfect picture to pic. I was there the day Caleb graduated and you never saw a prouder mom or dad than Nikki and Craig.

Find comfort in knowing that it is by grace that we are saved, and because of Craig's faith he is sitting at the right hand of God. May God bless you, keep you, and comfort you all.

Chris Bell , Draper, UT, US Feb 25, 2021

I was always impressed by the great relationship he had with Caleb

Kenneth Bell Feb 25, 2021

A sad loss of a good man. Most of my memories of Craig were when we were much younger. We would get together and jam on Rush songs. He was an amazing drummer even at a young age. I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my musical carrer and we lost touch. Thanks to social media we reconnected. He turned into a good man and a loving father. He beamed about his son and still loved to play drums. We had talked about getting together to jam again, but he was taken before that happened. :'-(

He will be missed.

My sincere condolences to the family.

Tracy Swider Feb 25, 2021

Heaven rejoices as Craig's friends and family mourn. Craig is a special brother and friend to me and will look exceeding forward to meeting up with him in the Kingdom.

The time we spent together in Ash Wednesday will always be treasured. He was the best drummer this side of Heaven!

Until we meet again Bro.

Dave Lawson , West Jordan, UT, US Feb 24, 2021

Wow!!! What a shock!! I had a lot of great memories of Craig and with Craig. I am devastated by this news. May God comfort all his closest friends and relatives at this time of mourning.

Eric Christensen , Salt Lake City, UT, US Feb 24, 2021

Craig was my assistant wrestling coach at Granger High School, while he did his student teaching.

We trained together and spoke in the gym for many years.

He was a brilliant writer and a very quick witted man. A super kind man with a strong willingness to help anyone no matter what the circumstances.

I will remember him fondly!

Oz Feb 24, 2021