I had the privilege of working with Craig Westberg over the years at the District Attorney's Offices in Farmington and Durango. Craig was a mentor to me when I was a young prosecutor, and he later became a good friend.
Craig always made time to answer my questions - however stupid the question might have been - to talk about cases and to help with trial strategy. I also had the opportunity to try several cases with Craig. While I learned a great deal from Craig through these experiences, I also learned a lot about him. Craig cared about those of us in the office - professionally and personally - and our success. By offering his advice, encouragement and trust, he gave us confidence in ourselves and our abilities. He practiced the prosecutor's oath to see that justice is done in all that he did. He didn't just talk about taking difficult cases to trial to ensure justice, he did it. Craig never asked people to do anything he wasn't willing to do himself, and he was, above all, ethical. The word "prosecutor" is not a synonym for "popular," and Craig always tried to make the right decision, even if it wouldn't be popular. Craig also had a terrific and infectious sense of humor in a field that requires it as a matter of survival.
Craig was not perfect - none of us is - and some of his decisions over the last year caused difficulties in our relationship. Craig's imperfections, however, pale in comparison to the good he did in his life. Craig loved Southwest Colorado. He did his best over his many years of public service to protect this community. Innumerable victims of crime benefited from his talent as a trial lawyer and from the simple fact that he cared about them.
He loved his family and friends. I am grateful to have known him, and I will miss him greatly.
Todd Norvell, Durango