Longtime Napa residents Craig Cook Hall and Dona Lee Hall celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2 with their family. Craig and Dona were married at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Santa Clara County on Sept. 2, 1967 at the end of the “Summer of Love.” Craig was finishing his B.A. degree in Public Administration at San Jose State University while also a cadet officer in Army ROTC, where he became a Distinguished Military Graduate. Dona had just finished her B.S. degree at UC Davis majoring in Design. Craig and Dona met in a Physics class at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills in the spring of 1965.
Upon graduation and Craig’s commissioning as a Second Lieutenant, Craig attended armor officer and airborne training. They moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1969 where Craig served with the 82nd Airborne Division. Craig was designated to serve in Vietnam. Their first daughter Carri was born four days before Craig left to serve with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Upon completion of his service in October 1970, Craig, Dona and Carri moved to Orange County where Craig worked in consumer products marketing. Their second daughter Kimberly was born in Newport Beach.
In May of 1975 they moved back to northern California to be near Dona’s grandmother. They had been visiting her grandmother on Thanksgiving when a hot air balloon came over the house and landed near Vintage High School. Enchanted by the Napa area, they bought their first home in Browns Valley later that day. Craig began his career in Medical Diagnostics. He also received his M.B.A. from St. Mary’s in Moraga.
Dona became a tax accountant and enrolled agent when their youngest daughter entered junior high.
Craig and Dona were very involved in their daughters, theater, choir and athletics. They have also been very involved in their granddaughters’ music, theater, dance and sports activities. Craig enjoys walking, reading and family activities. He has served on the Napa County Grand Jury and with the Veterans Office. Dona makes beautiful fused glass art work in her garage art studio. She also enjoys time with her family and many friends.
Craig and Dona stretched their anniversary celebration out with family trips to Alaska and Monterey. They also took a cruise from Southampton, England through Scandinavia. Since their retirement nearly 15 years ago they have completed travel to all 50 states and over 30 foreign countries. Their greatest blessing, however is the close relationship they have with their two daughters: Carri Mello and Kimberly Vassershteyn, sons-in-law Jeff Mello and Leo Vassershteyn, and beautiful grandchildren: Gracie Anne and Tessa Lee Mello and Jacob Curtis Vassershteyn.