William “Craig” Ziemer

William “Craig” Ziemer was born in Fresno, California, on August 24, 1955. He liked to hike, sail, and play all sports. He was a “fun loving” person. Craig enjoyed his college years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he majored in BioChemistry. He worked in research and sales.

His last work was as an instrument electrician. Craig’s melanoma began as a small bean-shaped lump on his arm. The doctor that removed it told Craig that it was a neurofibroma. This was in 2002. When the growth returned, he resisted having it removed again because he was told it was “nothing to worry about,” by the first doctor. He finally agreed to have it removed and it was determined to be melanoma. This was January, 2005. The tumor was stage IV malignant melanoma. Craig went to UCLA, USC, and the Angeles Clinic. He did everything he was told to do. He took the chemicals that they said would help.

Nothing stopped the progression of this insidious killer. Craig is survived by his parents and brother, Don, and precious children, Amanda and Curtis Ziemer.


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