Craig Allan Donahue

  • Born: March 21, 1961
  • Died: March 24, 2015
  • Location: Los Angeles, California

Brainard Funeral Home & Cremation Center - Wasau Chapel

522 Adams St
Wausau, WI 54403
Tel. (715) 845-5525

Tribute & Message From The Family

Craig Allan Donahue, 54, of Los Angeles and Palm Springs, CA, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. He was born to Kathleen (Kathy Eckes) Donahue on March 21, 1961 in Wausau, WI. Raised in Wausau by Kathy and her husband, Dennis Donahue, he graduated from D.C. Everest High School in 1979. His musical and theatrical abilities were evident at a young age and led him to join the Wisconsin Singers while he attended the University of Wisconsin. Summers Craig could be found performing in Chicago and Nashville at theme parks where he honed his performance skills and made many connections in the entertainment business. At UW Madison Craig also worked extensively with the Alumni Association and graduated with a B.A. in Integrated Liberal Studies in 1983.

Upon graduation Craig began his lifelong career of Public Relations and Special Events planning. Craig parlayed meager beginnings with Garrett -Johnson Advertising and Quinn Brien Associates to establishing his own firm, The Donahue Group (TDG) in 1989. His 29 year relationship with the Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive Committee began during this time. As he developed his business, he gained a reputation of excellence in creativity, implementation and relationship-building which gave TDG the opportunity to work with a myriad of local and international businesses. The extravaganzas that were organized by TDG were legendary in Beverly Hills; Craig's most incredible visions were brought to realization. His residence in Palm Springs provided a refuge close to LA where he could recharge and enjoy his extensive network of friends.

A love of travel and people led Craig to many countries and he developed a love and appreciation for Costa Rica that reflected his need for relaxation with his concern for the environment and for animals. Though he traveled to many exotic locations, the locations that brought him the most solace were Lake Hughitt and Woodtick Hill in Hazelhurst Wisconsin, where he had intended to build a seasonal home as a gathering place for his many family members and numerous friends. Even as he planned this home, his creativity abounded in ideas for an amphitheater, a forest of trees representing members of his extended family, and to label the home as a testament to his spirit. Craig's amazing ability to connect with people allowed him to use his inexhaustible supply of charm and energy to bring people together in large venues and small intimate gatherings. His presence will be profoundly missed.

Craig is survived by his parents, Dennis and Kathy Donahue of Weston, WI, his brother David (Cindy) Donahue and his children, Kimberly (Peter) and Drew of Winona, MN, his step-sisters, Karen (LeRoy) of Wilmar, MN and Sheila (Rick) and her children Emily (Nathan), Sara and Craig of Richfield, MN. Additionally survived by dear friends, David Jahn of Los Angeles, Parool K. Shah of Washington D.C., Lynneah Hudson of Scottsdale, AZ, and Mary Jo Klein of Washington D.C. Also survived by his favorite canine, Bruiser.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 6, 2015, at the Brainard Funeral Home, 5712 Memorial Ct., Weston, WI, from 4 p.m. until the funeral service at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be Tuesday, April 7 in Restlawn Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Self Realization Fellowship Temple, Malibu, California at a date to be determined.

Memorials may be directed to the Wausau Performing Arts Foundation, 401 4th Street, Wausau, WI 54403 or the Wisconsin Singers, 1320 Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706.