John A. Craft, Jr.

December 15, 1949 - October 2, 2020

John A. Craft, Jr., 70, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2014, formerly of Tyler, TX, passed away Friday, October 2, 2020 in Fort Myers, FL. He was born December 15, 1949 in Columbus, OH to John and Juanita Craft, Sr., now deceased.

John loved to play golf and one of the reasons he retired to Florida, along with it being hot – he loved the Florida weather. He and Shelly were both avid golfers and loved to travel. John worked in retail sales all over the U.S. and before retiring to Florida, he worked at Hall Buick/GMC in Tyler Texas, which he loved – he was a people person, did very well in car sales and made many lifelong friends.  He had a very loud, boisterous voice, smile in his heart, his face and always laughing.  A few of his sayings that we will miss hearing – “breakfast ball, mulligan, tried to kill the ball, I’ve slept since then, did I sleep last night, and unbelievable.”

John was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Linda Kaye Craft in 2013; as well as two siblings, Belinda Gunn and Robert Craft.

He is survived by three siblings, Brenda Harper (Steven) of Grove City, OH, Nancy Craft of Columbus, OH, and Billy Craft (Cindy) of Columbus, OH; his loving companion, Shelly Matzick of Cape Coral; Shelly’s daughters, Amy Stewart and Michelle Stewart; a large and loving extended family; as well as, their kids, Jazzy and Pepper, their dogs.

No formal services are planned at this time. John’s final resting place will be Oaklawn Cemetery in Athens, TX with his wife, Linda Kaye.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Jan Bartley Oct 5, 2020 at 11:05 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort during this sad time.

  2. Bo Faulkenberry Oct 5, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    I loved me some John Craft ! I will miss ya 3 Putt.

  3. Carl Shine Oct 5, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    R I P. BIG. JOHN
    John was one of the finest men I have ever know. John was one of the finest man to walk this earth. John will be missed by many and respected and loved by all. I will see you again someday.. One he’ll of a man BIG JOHN.

  4. Carl Shine Oct 5, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    We love you BIG Big John

  5. Bill craft Oct 5, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Are deepest sympathy. If there anything we can do please call us. He will be missed .He was a wonderful friend and brother prayers for you and your family. Billy and Cindy craft

  6. Bryan Nail Oct 5, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    I’ll miss you my friend. You was always someone you could count on. I’ll cherish the memories bud say hi to Kay for me.

  7. Michael lee Oct 5, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    I will miss uncle john. He seemed very happy these last few years. Our family’s thoughts go out to shelly

  8. Susan Sowers Oct 5, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    I know your heart is broken and aching. I hope you know how many people love and are praying for you!
    from my heart to yours

  9. Phillip and Gail Keith Oct 5, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Phillip and I met John within the past year as he and Shelley were on one of their trips to Tyler, Tx. We found him to be lovable, caring and kind.

  10. Melissa Grove Oct 5, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    My Shells…my heart breaks for you. I have fond memories of him as he was always kind to me, most importantly that he loved you and it showed in every action. Many prayers and hugs to you. Will always be here to support you, listen and be a shoulder to cry on. You are in my thoughts !!

  11. Carl Shine Oct 5, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    I gave him as $1.00. For a trade in vone day. John and I had a lot of memories and a great friendship.

  12. Christine Dino Oct 6, 2020 at 9:38 am

    So sorry this happened. He was a great man and awesome neighbor. RIP John.

  13. Fran Butterfield Oct 6, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Sending my deepest sympathy to you Shelly and all Johns family he will be truely missed RIP

  14. Tiara Minchew Oct 6, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you for loving Aaron and I so much and for always taking care of us making sure we were okay. I’ll miss you John.

  15. Zana Byers Oct 8, 2020 at 8:05 am

    He was the salesman at Hall’s that sold me my first Yukon in Tyler. Every time I came in he would visit for a while. I bought from him more than once. He was a fantastic person. I know he will be missed.

  16. Carl. Shine Nov 2, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    R I P. Big John. John was one of my best friends and fine person. U would be around John 5 minutes and be in luv with him. He would do anything he could to help you. I will miss him everyday for the rest of my life. It was a great day the day I hired him to work at Hall.
    Shelly may GOD’S blessings be with. You and family
    .luv you Carl and Sheri Shine

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