At 11 am today, a funeral mass and a Celebration of Life will be held at Saint Rose Catholic Church in Longview, being held in honor of Craig Stafford of Longview. The 23 year-old died suddenly on New Year’s Eve, suffering fatal complications from a seizure last Saturday morning. He died the day following his older sister’s wedding, having just returned to the United States after spending three months studying abroad in Argentina. Stafford was a senior at Central Washington University, after having graduated from Mark Morris High School in Longview. While at Mark Morris, Stafford was a star water polo player, earning MVP honors before heading to Ellensburg, where he played rugby for four years. He was on schedule to graduate from Central this spring with a degree in law and justice, and had a dream of being a firefighter. Today’s mass is open to the public, followed by a gathering in the Parish Center. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made in Craig Stafford’s name to Saint Vincent DePaul, or to CURE Epilepsy.