Miscellaneous LaPlata County, Colorado Obituaries

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Dale Dewain Claxton
May 29, 1998
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Montezuma-Cortez High School football field for Dale Dewain Claxton, a Cortez police officer who died Friday, May 29, 1998, in Cortez, Colo., after being shot in his patrol car. He was 45.
The Rev. Michael Thornton and Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane will officiate. Burial will be at the Cortez Cemetery.
Mr. Claxton was born March 15, 1953, in Omaha, Neb. He was raised in the Denver area and moved to Cortez in 1973. He graduated from the Delta-Montrose Tech Center with his peace officer certificate in 1995 and joined the Cortez Police Department that year.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Claxton of Cortez; father, Dairl Claxton of Marshfield, Mo.; mother, Agnes Claxton of Marshfield, Mo.; daughters, Judy Claxton Choate of Niagra, Mo., and Caitlin Claxton of Cortez; sons, Colton Claxton of Buffalo, Mo., and Corbin Claxton of Cortez; sisters, Bonnie Christianson and Judy Moore, both of Blair, Neb., and Sherri Zwally and Carolyn Valdez, both of Marshfield, Mo.; and brother, Doug Claxton Sr. of Phoenix, Ariz.
Memorial donations may be made in Dale Claxton’s name with Centennial Savings Bank, 343 E. Main St., Cortez CO 81321.

Richard C. Albo Sr.
May 26, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Richard C. Albo Sr., who died Tuesday, May 26, 1998, in Durango. He was 58.
The Rev. Joseph Gallegos will officiate. Burial will be at the La Posta Cemetery. Rosary service will be 6 p.m. today at the church.
Mr. Albo was born Nov. 30, 1939, in Durango and was raised in the Durango area. He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Albo worked for the City of Durango for 11 years as a heavy equipment operator.
Survivors include his wife, Neomie T. Mestas Albo of Durango; daughter, Grace Amalla of Bloomfield, N.M.; son, Richard C. Albo Jr. of Farmington, N.M.; brothers, Manuel Albo of Farmington, N.M., Abie Albo of Aurora, Colo., and Frankie Albo of Billings, Mont.; sister, Tommy Gardenier of Longmont, Colo.; two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Holly J. Van Cleave
May 27, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Lang-Fendler Funeral Home Chapel in Arnold, Mo., for Holly J. Van Cleave, who died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, in Durango. She was 71.
Burial will be at the New St. John’s Cemetery in Arnold, Mo.
Mrs. Van Cleave was born Dec. 22, 1926, in Granite City, Ill. She was a former resident of Arnold, Mo. She moved to Durango four years ago to be near her son, Milton and his wife, Rosie. Mrs. Van Cleave was a homemaker throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Earl Van Cleave.
Survivors include her son, Milton E. Van Cleave of Durango; three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

Richard Kent ‘Dick’ Grim
May 26, 1998
A memorial service will be at a later date for Richard Kent "Dick" Grim, who died Tuesday, May 26, 1998, at his home in Durango after a brief illness. He was 69.
Mr. Grim was born July 24, 1928, in Clarkston, Wash. He was a logger throughout his life. Mr. Grim moved from Washington state to New Mexico in the early 1960s. He met and married Frances Barela on July 7, 1962, in Santa Fe, N.M. The couple moved to Durango that same year. 
While in the area, Mr. Grim worked for Wideman and the San Juan lumber companies. He was once the Washington State Champion Boxer. He enjoyed reading, fishing, camping and sports.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Grim of Durango; sons, Mark Grim of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sam Grim of Maui, Hawaii; brothers, Robert Grim of Pomeroy, Wash., and David Grim of Pierce, Idaho; one granddaughter; and several nieces nephews and other relatives.
 
Eva Ruby Boyd
May 27, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Eva Ruby Boyd, who died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, in Durango. She was 84.
The Rev. Robert Kujath will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.
Mrs. Boyd was born Dec. 1, 1913, in West Plains, Mo. She moved to Colorado in 1919, and the family settled in the Oxford and Ignacio area until they moved to Riverside, N.M. She married Willis E. Boyd in 1927 in Aztec, N.M. Mrs. Boyd was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1978.
Survivors include her sons, Robert E. Boyd Sr. of Durango, Gilbert A. Boyd of Fruita, Colo., Willis E. Boyd of Denver, Colo.; daughters, Gladys Barnes of Ignacio, Joyce Hogue of Colgate, Okla., and Barbara Hapenstall of Cedaredge, Colo.; brother, Lloyd Palmer of Durango; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice or to Valley Inn, 211 Third Ave., Mancos, CO 81328.

Josephine Rae Wommer
May 26, 1998
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Greenmount Cemetery for Josephine Rae Wommer, a longtime Durango resident who died Tuesday, May 26, 1998, in Durango. She was 69.
Pastor Larry Osborne will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mrs. Wommer was born Aug. 3, 1928, in Pershing, Colo. She grew up in Durango and graduated from Durango High School. She attended business college in Grand Junction before marrying Harold Wommer. The couple lived and worked throughout western Colorado including Grand Junction where they owned Western Colorado Realty. They retired to Durango 10 years ago. 
Mrs. Wommer is survived by her husband, Harold Wommer of Durango; a sister, Anna Slavey of Aztec, N.M.; a brother, Louis Patscheck of Arizona and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Durango Christian Church, 255 E. 11th Street, Durango, CO 81301.

Barbara N. Kettle
May 18, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Barbara N. Kettle, who died Monday, May 18, 1998, in Albuquerque, N.M., following an extended illness. She was 65.
Bishop Jack Davison will officiate.
Mrs. Kettle was born April 1, 1933, in Durango. She married Edward L. Kettle Feb. 28, 1954, in Aztec, N.M.
Mrs. Kettle worked for Mountain Bell for a period of time. She was involved in scouting activities and made crafts. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Survivors include her husband, Edward Kettle of Durango; sons, Al Kettle of Oakley, Calif., Boyd Kettle of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Danny Kettle of Omaha, Neb.; mother, Oleta Slade of Durango; sisters, Kay Moffat, Joyce McMullen, Vicki Wood and Debbie Waters, all of Durango; half-sisters, Helen Gonzales of Montrose, Colo., and Tony Branson of Ferndale, Wash.; half-brother, Boyd Zufelt of Riverside, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, 2450 S. Downing St., Denver, CO 80210.

Elifar ‘Lee’ Jaramillo
May 18, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Elifar "Lee" Jaramillo, who died Monday, May 18, 1998, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. He was 88.
The Rev. Joseph Gallegos will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. Rosary service will be 6 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary Chapel.
Mr. Jaramillo was born April 4, 1910, in Gallina, N.M. He was an underground coal miner throughout his life, working mines in Colorado and New Mexico. He also worked at the Vanadium Corporation of America in Durango for a period of time.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernardita Jaramillo. Following her death, he then lived several years with his daughter, Lisa Jaramillo-Taulli and her husband, Joseph and their children, Joey, Stephanie and Estevan at their home in Durango.
Mr. Jaramillo is also survived by his sons, Jim Jaramillo and Max Jaramillo, both of Utah, and Phil Jaramillo of Alamosa, Colo.; daughters, Mayble Cordova, Susie Montoya and Elsie Nickerson, all of Utah; brothers, Pete Garcia and Max Garcia, both of Utah; sister, Elvidia of Monte Vista, Colo.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

John Morgan
May 17, 1998
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for John Morgan, who died Sunday, May 17, 1998, in Durango. He was 63.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate. There was cremation.
Mr. Morgan was born Dec. 4, 1934, in Yatesborough, Pa. He received a bachelor of arts degree in 1957 from the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y. He received a bachelor of legal letters from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1960.
Survivors include his brother, William Morgan Jr. of Aztec, N.M.; sons, John Morgan of Westlake, Ohio, and David Morgan of Ohio; sisters, Priscilla Bowers of Westlake, La., Elizabeth Sauro of Grants Pass, Ore., Charlotte Whitmore of Myrtle Creek, Ore., and Peggy Jane Morgan of Corona, Calif.
Memorial donations may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous, Central Group, P.O. Box 1074, Durango, CO 81302.

W. Thomas Mahoney
May 16, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 19 in Tucson, Ariz., for W. Thomas Mahoney, who died Saturday, May 16, 1998, in Tucson, Ariz. He was 80.
Mr. Mahoney was born Aug. 13, 1917, in Oakes, N.D. He moved to Durango in 1939.
Following military service in World War II, Mr. Mahoney worked for the Durango Division of the Colorado State Highway Department for 27 years as a construction engineer. He retired in 1980 and moved to Arizona.
Mr. Mahoney was a member of the St. Columba Parish and belonged to the Elks Club and the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Mahoney; son, Tom Mahoney of Denver; daughters, Kathy McGavran of Denver, Maureen Petersen and Eileen Mahoney, both of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Colleen Greer of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Florence Petty and Dorothy Brack and six granddaughters. 
 
William C. Alexander Jr.
May 16, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. today at the Ignacio Community Church for William C. Alexander Jr., who died Saturday, May 16, 1998, in Durango. He was 72.
The Rev. Butch Waller will officiate. Burial will be at the Ignacio Cemetery.
Mr. Alexander was born July 19, 1925, in Celeste, Texas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Alexander was employed as a driller. He was a resident of Ignacio.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lupe Jaques Alexander.
Survivors include his daughters, Debbie Herrera of Cortez and Viola Shahan of Elko, Nev.; son, Doug Jacques of Oakley, Calif.; brother, Robert Alexander of Aztec, N.M.; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces; two great-nieces; three great-nephews; one great-great-nephew and two great-great-nieces.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 375 East Park Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

Louise Wommer Farrow
May 14, 1998
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Anchor Way Baptist Church in Steamboat Springs, Colo., for Louise Wommer Farrow, who died Thursday, May 14, 1998, in Steamboat Springs. She was 80.
Mrs. Farrow was born June 23, 1917, in Bayfield. She graduated from Bayfield High School in 1935 and received a teaching certificate from Adams State College. Her first teaching job was at Columbus School, north of Bayfield in the Pine River area.
She married Garland Neal "Bo" Farrow Oct. 3, 1941, in Aztec, N.M.
Mrs. Farrow continued to teach kindergarten when she moved to Steamboat Springs in 1955. She quit teaching to spend time with her family and the farm machinery business that her husband had started. Mrs. Farrow was very active in the bookkeeping and daily running of Farrow Repair Service.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bo Farrow.
Survivors include her brother, Harold Wommer of Durango; sons, Gary Wommer and Dusty Wommer, both of Steamboat Springs; and two grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Steamboat Springs Health Care Association to benefit the Extended Care Center.

Dale A. McCoy
May 14, 1998
Dale A. McCoy, a lifelong La Plata County resident, died Thursday, May 14, 1998, in Durango. He was 75.
He will be cremated with no services, by his request.
Mr. McCoy was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Bayfield. He served four years in the U.S. Marines in Okinawa during World War II.
Mr. McCoy worked as a farmer and rancher. He lived on the ranch where he was born on Texas Creek until the late 1960s. He then moved to Florida Mesa, where he was living at the time of his death.
Mr. McCoy is survived by four brothers – Harold, Orville, Rex and Ted McCoy – all of Durango; and a sister, Audrey Talmadge of Concorde, Calif. 
He was preceded in death by three brothers.

Lucille Powell Pierce
May 12, 1998
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenmount Cemetery for Lucille Powell Pierce, who died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at her home in Red Bluff, Calif. She was 81.
Mrs. Pierce was born Dec. 13, 1916, in Durango. She was a former resident of Durango and Sunnyside, and had lived in Red Bluff, Calif., for the last 38 years.
Mrs. Pierce had been employed as a custodian at the Red Bluff Union High School and, upon retiring, she was rewarded for a lifetime membership to all girls sports. She was also employed as a housekeeper.
Mrs. Pierce enjoyed doing genealogy, gardening, collecting rocks and extensive traveling.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Melvin (Pat) Pierce; son, Ronald Pierce of Moab, Utah; daughters, Patty Brown of Magna, Utah, and Sherri Collins of Red Bluff, Calif.; brothers, Don Vigil of Arizona and Harold Vigil of Mexico; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be sent to a charity of choice.

Russell A. Hughes
May 11, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Russell A. Hughes, who died Monday, May 11, 1998, in Collingswood, N.J. He sas 72.
The Rev. Rick Calhoun will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday at Hood Mortuary.
Mr. Hughes was born Dec. 2, 1925, in Glenwood, Iowa. He was a 1943 graduate of Glenwood High School in Glenwood, Iowa. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Mr. Hughes was associated for 38 years with the bookkeeping and tax firm E.K. Williams & Co., the last 17 years in Durango, and prior to that in Omaha, Neb.; Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Mo.; and Las Vegas, Nev.
Mr. Hughes was a former member of Glenwood United Methodist Church in Iowa and the Optimists Club and Big Brothers of America in Kansas City, Mo.
Survivors include his brother, Carroll D. Hughes of Collingswood, N.J.; niece, Linda Shaughnessy of Cherry Hill, N.J.; and nephew, Timothy Hughes of Washington, D.C.

Bertha Leona Thompson
May 10, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Bertha Leona Thompson, who died Sunday, May 10, 1998, in Grants, N.M. She was 80.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate. Burial will be at the Bayfield Cemetery. Visitation will be 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Hood Mortuary.
Mrs. Thompson was born Dec. 24, 1917, in Shelton, Iowa. She moved to Durango from Leadville, Colo., in 1954 so that her children could receive a proper education.
Mrs. Thompson was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester C. Thompson.
Survivors include her daughter, Gail Jaramillo of Grants, N.M.; son, Richard Thompson of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Cleta Snow of Bayfield; brothers, Wade Woolsey of Pagosa Springs, Loren Woolsey of Silt, Colo., Adam Woolsey and Harold Woolsey; and five grandchildren.

Jack Clinton Bessee
May 9, 1998
No services are planned for Jack Clinton Bessee, who died Saturday, May 9, 1998, in Grand Junction, Colo. He was 77.
Mr. Bessee was born March 13, 1921, in St. Maries, Idaho. He worked as a record keeper for Shell Oil Company in the Durango area for many years. He then went to work for the U.S. Post Office until his retirement.
Mr. Bessee was a disabled veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Lola Sturman Bessee of Durango; sons, Clinton Bessee and Brian Bessee, both of Durango; daughter, Margery Young of Durango; brother, Don Bessee of Boise, Idaho; and grandson, Ken Shafer of Durango.
Memorial donations may be made to any charity.

Wilfred LeRoy ‘Bill’ Binger
May 9, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Wilfred LeRoy "Bill" Binger, who died Saturday, May 9, 1998, in Durango. He was 86.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mr. Binger was born Oct. 1, 1911, in Colorado Springs, Colo. He married Maxine Faye Nutt April 7, 1940, in Pueblo, Colo. They moved to Durango in 1957.
Mr. Binger was a farmer and rancher. He also owned and operated Binger’s Automotive in Durango for many years. He enjoyed hunting, gardening and football.
Mr. Binger was a past member of the Durango Elks Lodge and active in the 55 Plus Center.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine in 1973. He then married Isabelle Hotter-Mason Jan. 12, 1974, in Durango.
Survivors include his wife, Isabelle Binger of Durango; daughter, Donna Lee Flora of Farmington, N.M.; sons, Dennis LeRoy Binger of Aztec, N.M., and William Fredrick Binger of Durango; step-daughter, Betty Jo McConnell of Clovis, N.M.; step-sons, Roy Mason and Jerry Mason, both of Farmington, N.M., and Johnny Mason of Grand Junction, Colo.; sister, Helen James of McGallen, Texas; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Allen Norris Carel
May 7, 1998
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Ignacio Baptist Indian Mission for Allen Norris Carel, a lifelong Ignacio resident, who died Thursday May 7, 1998, in Durango. He was 80.
The Rev. Kelly Winlock will officiate at services. A wake will be 6 p.m. today at the family’s home. Burial will be at Ouray Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Carel was born July 17, 1917, in Ignacio. He married Artie Ketchun in 1946 in Aztec, N.M.
He served in the United States Army during World War II where he received the Purple Heart and other commendations. Mr. Carel was a farmer and rancher throughout his life. He was a member of the Southern Ute Tribe.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
He is survived by his children, Glenda Price, Vernest Carel and Frank Carel all of Ignacio; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mary M. Barela
May 7, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Mary M. Barela, who died Thursday, May 7, 1998, in Durango. She was 87.
The Rev. Joseph Gallegos will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. Visitation will be today until 5 p.m. and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hood Mortuary. Rosary service will be 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Mrs. Barela was born May 13, 1910, in San Rafael, N.M. She married Willie Barela April 30, 1928. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Barela was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a member of Senior Citizen of Sacred Heart Church and Cursillo of Sacred Heart Church.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Lalo Barela and Demecio Barela.
Survivors include her husband, Willie Barela of Durango; daughter, Phyllis Maestas of Aurora, Colo.; son, Tony Barela of Durango; brother, Arturo Murrietta of Thoreau, N.M.; sister, Isadora Ortiz of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

Herbert E. Tishner
May 5, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Allison Community Church for Herbert E. Tishner, who died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Centura Health-Mercy Medical Center. He was 90.
The Rev. Jeffrey and Laura Finch will officiate. Burial will be at the Allison Tiffany Cemetery. A reception will follow the services at the church for friends and family. Visitation will be noon to 8:30 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hood Mortuary.
Mr. Tishner was born Nov. 8, 1907, in Noblesville, Ind. He and his wife, Rachel built, owned and operated the Elkhorn Restaurant until their retirement when they moved to Arboles.
Mr. Tishner was a 32nd degree Mason at the Masonic Lodge No. 114, a member of the Eastern Star No. 133 and a member of the Oddfellows Lodge No. 122, all in Pagosa Springs.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel Tishner in 1986.
Survivors include his daughter, Betty Joanne Lamke of Oxford and various relatives.

Joe Thompson Brillhart
May 2, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Durango Baptist Temple for Joe Thompson Brillhart, who died Saturday, May 2, 1998, from injuries suffered in an auto accident near Ignacio. He was 17.
Mr. Brillhart was born Sept. 24, 1980, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was very active in rodeo and bull riding. Mr. Brillhart also was very active in Future Farmers of America at Bayfield High School. He enjoyed skiing and surfing.
Survivors include his parents, Michael and Mary Brillhart of Bayfield; father, Steven Thompson Green of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Jennifer Brillhart of Bayfield; grandparents, Ray and Darlene Brillhart of Bayfield; great-grandmothers, Ruby Brillhart of Pueblo, Colo., and Wilma Ridder of Burlington, Colo.; and nephew, Jasper Lane McCoy of Bayfield. 

Benjamin Brian Slade
May 2, 1998
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Masonic Temple in Battle Mountain, Nev., for Benjamin Brian Slade, who died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at his home in Battle Mountain from multiple organ system failure. He was 40.
Mr. Slade was born Feb. 6, 1958, in Durango. He moved to Battle Mountain in 1988. He married Debbie Gurule in Reno May 27, 1989. Mr. Slade was a welder by trade, last working for Brant’s Welding until 1997.
He was preceded in death by his adoptive father, Donald Slade.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie; son, Brady James "BJ" Sutherlin of Cortez; daughters, Lena, Amanda and Amber, all of Battle Mountain, Nev., and Sasha of Durango; brother, Michael Slade of Colorado; sisters, Melanie Moore and Amy Rayburn, both of Colorado; father, Beamen Talbot of Colorado; mother, Carmen Slade of Colorado; and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Slade family, Norwest Bank c/o Lena Doerr, 1000 Broyles Ranch Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820.

Demis Paul Martinez Jr.
May 2, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Grand Mesa Baptist Church in Grand Junction, Colo., for Demis Paul Martinez Jr., who died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at University Hospital in Denver, Colo. He was 60.
Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mr. Martinez was born Nov. 24, 1937, in Durango. He married Conchita Pacia Nov. 24, 1988. 
He spent a lot of time in Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines. In his early years, he was an insurance agent and a musician. He enjoyed flying airplanes and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his son, Demis Paul IV.
Survivors include his mother, Celia Martinez of Albuquerque; wife, Conchita Martinez of Grand Junction, Colo.; sons, Neal of Arvada, Colo., Ken of Longmont, Colo., and Anthony of Grand Junction, Colo.; brothers, Eugene Martinez of Farmington, N.M., and George Martinez of Longmont, Colo.; sisters, Donna Swayne and Ruby McPherson, both of Albuquerque; and eight grandchildren.

William Malcolm ‘Mickey’ Logan
May 2, 1998
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for William Malcolm "Mickey" Logan, a lifetime member of the Rotary Club, who died May 2, 1998, at Centura Health-Mercy Medical Center in Durango. He was 93.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate at services. Interment will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mr. Logan was born Oct. 19, 1904, in Silverton to William Logan and Isabelle Mitchell Logan. He married Lillian Tiffany April 12, 1947, at the First Presbyterian Church. The two celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year.
He graduated from Silverton High School in 1924. He worked at Sunnyside Mine as an electrician until moving to Durango in 1929, when he went to work for Jack Lee at Rocky Mountain Electric Service. He bought the business the same year and owned it until 1997.
During World War II he was the only electrician to serve Durango and the surrounding area. He made airplane parts for the federal government and repaired airplane engines at the first airport in Durango, located where Fort Lewis College is now.
Mr. Logan was a lifetime member of the Rotary Club, holding the office of vice president among other offices. He was also a member of the National Electrical Apparatus Service Association and the Elks.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian; daughters Elizabeth McCoy and Virginia Snow of Durango; six grandchildren, Tracy McCoy, Rocky Beltran, Holly McCoy, Brendel McCoy, Doug Snow and Jody Snow, all of Durango; and great-granddaughter Amanda Beltran of Durango.
Contributions may be made to Manna Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 1196, Durango, CO 81302.

Betty J. (Bradford) Huffmyer
May 1, 1998
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at North Side Church of Christ in Farmington for Betty J. Huffmyer, who died Friday, May 1, 1998, in Pagosa Springs. She was 62.
Mr. Gene Chapin and Mr. Steve Roseberry will officiate at services. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary in Durango.
Mrs. Huffmyer was born Betty J. Bradford April 8, 1936, in Portales, N.M.
She is survived by her husband, John Huffmyer, of Farmington; mother, Margaret Bradford, of Albuquerque; a son, Mark Huffmyer, of Bayfield; a daughter, Tammi Dorsey, of Denver; a brother, John R. Bradford III, of Albuquerque; and four grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the Bayfield Church of Christ Building Fund, 2011 U.S. Highway 160B, Bayfield, CO 81147.


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