Patriot Guard Rider Dies in Motorcycle Accident


Accident Happened After Attending the Funeral of a Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

A Patriot Guard Rider died last Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz.  Craig Creed, 50, of Mesa, AZ., died April 2, 2009 in Scottsdale, as result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.  The cause of the accident is under investigation.   

He is survived by his wife of 23 years Cindy, his daughter Stephanie, son Justin and daughter in law Jessica. Creed was a pilot for UPS and a member of the military support group Patriot Guard Riders.


“Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s family and loved ones during this time of sorrow, “said Louann Thomas, National Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders. “Arizona cries tonight, our hearts are broken.”

“The Arizona National Guard has lost a friend,” said Major General Hugo E. Salazar, The Adjutant General.  “The Patriot Guard Riders are amongst the greatest supporters of our Soldiers and Airmen; he will be missed.”  

The Patriot Guard Riders are a volunteer group whose main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family.  Each ‘mission’ has two basic objectives: to show sincere respect for fallen heroes, their families, and their communities; and to shield the mourning family and their friends from the interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors strictly through legal and non-violent means.

Funeral arrangements are pending.  The family has requested that in lieu of sending flowers to the family; please donate to the Patriot Guard Riders or Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley.  Checks may be made payable to "Patriot Guard Riders, Inc." and mailed to: Patriot Guard Riders, P O Box 822513, Vancouver, WA, 98682 or BGCEV, 1405 E. Guadalupe, Suite 4, Tempe, AZ  85283


Craig Creed’s family would also like to add the following:

Craig loved his family and country.  He joined the Patriot Guard after seeing them attend the deployment ceremony for his son’s Justin (Rusty) unit, the 158th Infantry of the Arizona National Guard.  He shared their sense of patriotism and became a frequent rider attending funerals, departure and homecoming ceremonies.  

He would want the country to support the troops and stand behind each servicemember.  He would also want to dispel negative myths about people who rode motorcycles as he knew the community to be a patriotic, selfless and caring group.   

Craig was born on July 24, 1958.  He graduated from Arizona State University and was a Desert Storm veteran having served in the United States Air Force from 1986-1992.  He was a pilot for Mesa Airlines prior to joining UPS where he has flown for the last 16 years



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