Craig Atkin “Gook” Lundin

Craig Atkin Lundin was born January 11, 1964, in St. George, Utah.  He was the 5th child of Harry and Lou Jean Atkin Lundin.  He died peacefully on his 58th birthday with his loving wife Kim, daughter Halle and friend Rick by his side.

Early in life, Craig acquired the nickname, “Gook”.  He was referred to by that name the rest of his life.  As the youngest child, Gook was adored by his parents and siblings.  He grew up in a happy home and in the most fun neighborhood in St. George.  He was infamous for his crazy neighborhood antics.  He had huts, a motorcycle track in the back yard and an array of friends to help him plot and carry out their devious plans.

With his platinum blonde hair and his fun-loving personality, he would light up a room wherever he was.  He was the life of the party and the kind of guy you wanted to be around.  He had his mother wrapped around his little finger and she waited on him hand and foot…we all did. He loved eating oatmeal cookie dough and vanilla ice cream with Nestle’s Quick sprinkled on it, stirred in for him by his mom and sisters.

Gook attended West Elementary School, Dixie Middle School and graduated from Dixie High School. When he pulled the fire alarm at Dixie Middle school, the principal made an example of him and punished him by calling the fire chief to have a serious sit-down discussion with Gook.  Little did the principal know, the fire chief was Gook’s dad and Gook’s dad had a great sense of humor. Gook enjoyed playing baseball and basketball as a youth, but motorcycle riding became his passion during his teenage years.  He has many trophies to show how skilled he was at riding.

He loved hunting and fishing with his dad and friends.  Many fish were caught, and great fishing stories created wonderful memories.

Gook served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boston and Indiana.  He loved the Lord and made many friends while serving.

Gook married Trisha Terry and became an instant father to 6-month-old Tishanne, they had 2 more children together, Taisha and Taz. Later in life he met the love of his life, Kim who had a sweet, handsome young son, Austin.  Together Gook and Kim brought Halle into the world. Gook’s kids meant everything to him, and he was their world.   He was proud of each and every one of them. Taz inherited Gook’s love of motor cross, and the two loved to ride and work on their bikes together. Gook fully supported, coached, and enjoyed watching them in their sports, dance, and activities, and raised them with a gentle humor that they all appreciated.  Gook found eternal happiness with his wife Kim.  She is truly an angel and was by his side every minute of his illness, going above and beyond helping him through very difficult days.

Gook was a born leader and peace maker. He enjoyed working with his dad and brother at Dixie Diesel for several years, where he learned the value of hard work, how to get along with all kinds of people, and other valuable life skills.  He was an operations manager for Red Rock Waste, general manager for Virgin Valley Disposal in Mesquite, and was a division manager for Barney Trucking before retiring for health reasons. He was a hard worker and his co-workers loved working beside him.

He had the most devoted friends one could ask for.  Not only did they ride dirt bikes, fish, travel, laugh, and party with him, but they took care of his needs and wants when he was sick.

Gook was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma 3 years ago and given a few months to live. He also suffered many years from kidney failure.  Medical treatments, a determination to live, faith,   prayers, the loving care of his wife, Kim, daughter, Halle, friends, and family enabled him to enjoy a happy and productive life much longer than the doctors imagined. The family knows he was a medical miracle.

Craig is survived by his loving wife: Kimberly, children: Tishanne Stout (Jaime) of Mesquite, Nevada, Taisha Esplin, of St. George, Taz (JaiCee) of St. George and Halle Lundin of Santa Clara:  8 grandchildren: Ava Stout, Avilyn Stout, Emme Stout, Audrey Stout, Paxten Herman, Mack Esplin, Tazzi Esplin and Tilly Lundin, his siblings: Cathy Bean (Bob) of Bothell, Washington, Judy Turner (Garn) of St. George, Jeffrie Lundin (Laurie) of St. George, and Sherrie Carlson (Tracy) of Henderson, Nevada.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and son, Austin McElyea.

A viewing will be held Monday, January 17, 2022,  from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 11:00 AM at Spilsbury Mortuary with a viewing at that location from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service by clicking on the link below.

Interment will take place on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 12:00 pm at Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 S. Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.  435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Gook’s online guest book at



6:00 – 8:00 pm

Second Visitation

9:30 – 10:30 am


11:00 am


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


12:00 pm
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Drive
St. George, Utah

Guest Book

12 Responses

  1. Love this man and all he stood for, we couldn’t have picked a better husband for Kim, dad for Halle. He will be missed beyond measure, but a beautiful legacy he has left behind. His nephews Riggs and Garrett lost the uncle with the best stories and biggest heart. We love you Lundin’s and pray for comfort and peace in this big void. Gook you are one of a kind!

  2. I was a neighbor of Craig I always called him Craig instead of gook, Sometimes we would ditch out of church to go play one on one at his house he would spot 20 points and we played to 21. I never won. Hey was one of the best people I knew. He will be missed.

  3. We love you Gook! You have been a great friend to Twinks and our family, I am glad he had such a fun life long friend ❤ we have great love here for you Twinks, Cammey, Steven, and kimber Cottam.

  4. Our hearts are saddened by the passing of a great man and friend, we have a lot of good memories riding dirt bikes, playing sports and even working, a person always fun to be around, may God bless the family and the friends left behind, Rest in Peace Gook now you can verify all those stories Harry told

  5. We send our love and good wishes to the Lundin Family! We have known them for years and appreciate your friendship. We send our love to Kim and family, to Laurie and Jeff, and to all the members of this special family. Love to all of you!!! Stan and Diane Esplin

  6. Craig’s path and mine rarely crossed, so I didn’t know him well and that’s my loss. From the comments I’ve heard from others of his influence and impact in the lives of Kim, Austin and Halle, I feel sure that I missed out on some valuable life experiences. A man who is so highly esteemed by family, friends and neighbors as Craig is a teacher and blessing to all who have had the opportunity to know him. My love and condolences, Kim, Halle, & family,…… Dolly

  7. Thank you gook for being an amazing husband and dad. You had courage and kindness during your health challenges. Love you forever.

  8. Craig was a sweet man with a beautiful soul. My condolences to Kim, Halle and the Lundin family. I hope you’ll find peace and comfort in the memories you have.

  9. Craig and all of his family are the best kind of people. So sorry to hear of Craigs health struggles and passing. He was such a “hoot” growing up in his neighborhood and ward. So wish I could have been to his funeral. Wish I could have given you a big hug Judy–

  10. Tishanne, Taisha and Taz, you ALL were blessed by having Gook as your dad. We have so many crazy, beautiful memories of him. His love for the 3 of you never ends and he is watching over you and your precious children. I am so sorry the final years were not shared with you as they should have been, but your dad is in your hearts and minds forever and this will never be taken away from you!

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