Clyde Chester Craite, passed away at age 63, on Wednesday January 10th, 2018 at his home in Maple Lake, Minnesota. He died as he lived, surrounded by loved ones and laughter. There will be an open house in celebration of Clyde’s life at The Craite home on Thursday, January 18th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; at 7 p.m. prayers will be said. The address is 5880 Elder Ave NW Maple Lake, MN 55358. The mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake, on Friday January 19th at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at the Silver Creek Sportsmen Club. All are welcome. Clyde Craite was born to Norman and Helene Craite on December 13th, 1954 in Claremont, New Hampshire. He graduated from Sapulpa High School in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. After graduating high school, Clyde served six years in the Navy and was a proud veteran. After the Navy he had a long career in Metallurgy. Clyde was truly an original, constantly entertaining everyone with his offbeat since of humor and wild Hawaiian shirts. Clyde had a love of all things weird and wonderful. He was a sweet, gentle man full of contagious laughter, and was special to all that had the honor of knowing him. His quick wit, amazing attitude and a constant smile enabled him to enjoy life to the fullest through the best and the worst of times. He loved his family and took great pride in his three daughters and his wife. Clyde’s faith was very important to him. He took to heart that he should love his neighbors, was kind to all, and never met a stranger. He opened his life and his heart to everyone he met. Music was the sound within Clyde’s soul. In his younger years he played bass guitar in a band, and his love of music never faded. He was survived by his wife Mary Pat Craite, and three lovely daughters Stephenie Craite Roberts, Kathryn Craite, and Erin Craite; grandson Alec Roberts; sisters Sharon Wilson and Betty Dougall; brother Richard Craite; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. He will be missed.