In memory of
GAYTON Craig Michael Gayton (Age 52) On Sunday, February 4, 2018 of Washington, DC. Born September 7, 1965 in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Craig Michael Gayton, received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington (Seattle) and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Howard University (Washington, DC). While attending Howard, he enlisted in the United States Army and became a direct commissioned officer upon graduation. He volunteered for the position of Assistant Chief of Restorative Dentistry in South Korea. He returned to the Washington, DC area as Assistant Officer in Charge at Ft. Myer, VA. He volunteered for deployment to the NATO post-war Humanitarian effort in Kosovo, serving as Brigade Dental Surgeon. After practicing as a General Dentist, Dr. Gayton was accepted to the Army's three year Periodontal Program at Eisenhower Hospital and Medical College of Georgia's Oral Biology program in Augusta. Upon residency completion and board certification, he was assigned to Heidelberg Hospital in Germany as Chief and Director of the Department of Periodontics and served as Major. In 2016, he joined the United States Navy Reserves and served as Lieutenant Commander. His distinguished career included acknowledgment by the Southern Academy of Periodontology with the "Best Clinical Research" award. Dr. Gayton was a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and volunteered as Adjunct Professor at Howard University College of Dentistry from 2016-2017. For the past eight years, Craig owned and led a periodontics practice in Silver Spring, MD. Outside of his career, Craig will be remembered as a loving father, husband, son, brother and friend as well as having a smile that could light up a room. He was sincerely interested in people, supported the arts, an avid sports fan (soccer particularly) and music lover (Reggae especially).A world-traveler, he had fond memories of a trip with his family to Turks and Caicos Islands soon after his son Bryce was born. In August, a life celebration picnic, arranged by cousin, David Lombard and life-long friend, Randy Wilkens, was held at his uncle, Darrell Lombard's home in Seattle. Craig would have been delighted with the delicious food, Reggae music and laughter as well as family and friends in attendance. His brother, Clark, used Craig's drum set for a recent recording session in The Bronx. The photo above was taken at Craig's request by his brother-in-law-law during a 2017 Father's Day weekend family trip to Gettysburg National Cemetery Park. He is survived by his wife, Fatisha Tawana (Enahora) Gayton, two children, Gabriela Enahora and Bryce Michael. He was the son of Carver Clark Gayton and Mona Marie Lombard, both surviving. Survivors also include sister, Cynthia Marie Gayton (Jason Edwards), brother, Carver Clark Gayton, Jr., half-brother, Chandler Walker Gayton and step-mother, Carmen Walker Gayton, as well as beloved aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends. Services for Dr. Gayton were held on February 17, 2018 at the sanctuary of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church and his body was interned at Rock Creek Cemetery, both in Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, be kind to children, ask questions and teach.Services for Dr. Gayton were held on February 17, 2018 at the sanctuary of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church and his body was interned at Rock Creek Cemetery, both in Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, be kind to children, ask questions and teach.
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