Dillon, Craig A.G.

Our beloved Craig, age 49 years, passed away on July 5th. Born November 7th, 1969 in Melbourne, Australia, long term resident of Minneapolis.

Craig grew up in Melbourne, where he lived an extremely full and happy childhood. In his younger days he had a passion for hiking and camping, was a keen cub scout and developed a love of computers and technology from a very early age.

Completing his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at Melbourne University, Craig was awarded a PhD in Computer Science at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. His dissertation was titled Object Recognition and Scene Understanding in Machine Vision.

His long and distinguished career commenced in San Diego in 1996 at HNC Software, before co-founding ieWild in partnership with Richard Howe. In 2001 he moved to Minneapolis to take up the post of Vice President at Fair Isaac Corporation. A highlight of his time at FICO was broadening the strategic focus of the scoring business, leading all aspects of the creation of the FICO Expansion Score.

From there he moved to PeopleNet Communications as Chief Technology Officer and then in 2010 he took up a new role at Inuvo Inc. In 2013 as Chief Technology Officer of Digital River World Payments he expanded global product capabilities that supported business growth from $18m to $70m in 3 years across 200 countries. Over the last 4 years, Craig was an Executive Vice President at Bluestem Brands.

Craig was a passionate leader focused on enabling all those around him to realise their full potential. While his professional leadership inspired many, his greatest desire and achievement in life was to be a father. He delighted in teaching his daughter about the world, from how to build a race car to how to assemble an electrical circuit. A devoted family man, he loved to cook family meals as a way to "provide for his loved ones".

He will be remembered as a creative, kind and gentle man with a quirky sense of humour. Loved and respected in all that he did, Craig will be dearly missed.

Best Daddy In The World to Josie- Rose Dillon, the light of his life and adored husband/life partner and best friend to Hailey Gabriel-Dillon. Dearest son to Beverly and Carl Dillon, and brother to Julie Dillon and Jacki Whitwell. Much loved uncle to Natalya and Finn Gneiser, James and Emily Whitwell. Brother-in-law to Christopher Moore, David Whitwell, Cynthia and Jeff Gneiser, Laena Wilder & Jeff Vroom. Devoted son-in-law to Arlene Wiltberger. Beloved former husband to Kerri Norman.

Please be invited to join family and friends in remembering Craig. Funeral Service Friday, July 12th, 2019 2:00 PM @ Woods Chapel, 525 Leaf Street, Long Lake, MN, 55356 with visitation 1 hour prior to service at Woods Chapel. Sharing of memories and visitation also on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 @ Washburn- McReavy, Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM with sharing beginning at 6:00 PM.

Published on July 12, 2019