Funeral services for Heidi will be held both in Duluth, Minnesota, and American Fork, Utah.  Heidi has requested that any sympathy or memorial gifts be given in her name to Rhees to support her college tuition and expenses as Heidi cannot be there to support Rhees.
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Heidi Junko Cragun

June 7, 1974 – April 5, 2024

Heidi Junko (Bennett) Cragun went home to her Heavenly Father on April 5, 2024, at the age of 49. 

Heidi died in Duluth, Minnesota, eight months after a diagnosis of terminal cancer. A visit to the hospital on July 14, 2023, revealed she had Stage IV colon cancer that had already metastasized to her liver. After receiving an emergency colostomy bypass, Heidi underwent aggressive chemotherapy. While the chemotherapy temporarily slowed the cancer, the cancer continued to grow, and she transitioned to home hospice treatment on February 28, 2024. She moved into Solvay Hospice House on March 26th to receive advanced pain management and care. She passed shortly after, surrounded by her family.

Heidi was born in Murray, Utah, on June 7, 1974, to Craig Bennett and Yuri Noda. She grew up in Murray Utah with her three siblings, and graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1992. Heidi then attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Public Health with an Industrial Hygiene emphasis. While attending Utah State, she married Ormonde Cragun in 1995, and together they had four children: Harley, Montana, Eden, and Rhees. 

Heidi was a dedicated mother and supported Ormonde throughout his career, living in seven different apartments and owning six different homes. After graduating from Utah State, they moved from Logan to Provo, where Harley was born, spent a brief time in the Netherlands, and then lived for 12 years in Texas. While in Texas, Montana, Eden, and Rhees were born, and the family lived in Fort Worth, Amarillo, and again in Fort Worth. In 2011, the family moved back to North Logan, Utah, where Heidi returned to school in 2013 and earned her Associates of Nursing from Weber State through Utah State University, graduating in 2015 with a 4.0 GPA. She received her RN (Registered Nurse) certification and worked at a hospital until moving to Duluth, Minnesota in 2018.

An important aspect of Heidi’s life was her religious faith. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in many capacities. While in Duluth, she served as a regional youth ministry chair for teen girls (Stake Young Women’s President) and the chorister for children’s Sunday school classes (Primary chorister). While in North Logan, Heidi served as a children’s Sunday school class teacher for preschool-aged children (Nursery Leader), coordinated weekly after-school activities for middle school girls (Activity Days Leader), and assisted in summer church camp organization. While in Texas, she served in many capacities, primarily organizing, teaching, and directing Sunday school classes for children ages 2-12 (Primary President, Primary 1st Counselor, Primary Teacher). In Fort Worth, she taught the Sunday school class for boys and girls ages 12-14, which had an intimidating 18 kids in it. Throughout her service, she enjoyed being able to be where her kids were. 

Heidi loved to run, and especially loved to run with friends. She began distance running after Eden was born in 2002. She ran in all kinds of weather, including the humid and hot days of Texas summers and the below freezing mornings of Minnesota. Heidi participated in too many races and runs to count, but there are at least 40 documented runs. Notable accomplishments include: Ragnar, the Top of Utah Marathon, the Lake to Lake Ultra Marathon, and the Bears Ears Ultra Marathon. She also loved other outdoor activities such as biking and hiking. Heidi was a talented crafter, and stamped, scrapbooked, and baked. She loved her kids and loved being a mom. 

She is survived by many family members, including her husband Ormonde, her children: Harley, Montana, Eden, and Rhees, her siblings and their spouses: Valerie Neumarker (Todd), Daniel Bennett (Laura), and Tony Bennett (Loni), her half-sister and spouse Anna Reeves (Daniel), and her mother Yuri Bennett. She is preceded in death by her father Craig Bennett.
Funeral services for Heidi will be held both in Duluth, Minnesota, and American Fork, Utah. 

Heidi has requested that any sympathy or memorial gifts be given in her name to Rhees to support her college tuition and expenses as Heidi cannot be there to support Rhees.

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