January 6, 1945 – December 26, 2013
Alan Craig Mazzola, 68, passed away December 26, 2013 at Iowa Veterans Hospital in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held at Iles Westover Chapel on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, 34024 Veterans Memorial Dr., Adel, IA 50003.
Craig was born January 6, 1945 in Chariton, Iowa to Sam and Valaria Mazzola. He was raised in Des Moines where he frustrated his sister and teachers and sang in the Roadrunners.
Craig joined the United States Marine Corps and served bravely in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1970 in California. There he met Peggy; they married and started a family – three towheaded boys. He joined and continued to work in the trucking industry until he went back home to Iowa in 1994. There he reignited his childhood flame with Jan, and became “Poppa Doo” to Jan’s children and grandchildren. He also made a career change into jewelry sales, which he surprisingly loved. He spent valuable time with Sam and his sister, and it enabled his sons to form a bond with the Iowa side of their family-something for which they are eternally grateful. His hobbies included serious television viewing, cooking & eating great food, and mediocre golf. He also loved the dogs: Tucker, Carmel, and Pogo. Craig was always known to have a very witty sense of humor and he loved kids. He was also never rendered speechless.
Craig is survived by, Jan de Regnier; children, Matthew (Megan-expecting), Michael and Mark; step-children, Jenny (Kevin) Davidson, Kristen (Steve) Moisen and David Gill; nephews and nieces, Andrea (Jeremy) Bryan and their children, Mackenzie, Carter, Mallory and Bennett; and Joe McEniry and his son, Andrew; grandchildren, Kael and Ivie, Camryn, Kinley, Hailie, Tailor and Alaina; great-grandchildren, Kennadee and Bella; sister, Sue (Bill) Holin and friends, John and Judy Replogle. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Michael Mazzola; niece, Melissa McEniry, brother-in-law, David de Regnier and friend, William Shea.
The family would like to extend a very Special thank you the VA Hospital staff for their care and support.
ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES WESTOVER CHAPEL.Information provided by: Iles Funeral Homes Westover Chapel 6337 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322 www.ilesfuneralhomes.com