David C. Bostrom
David C. Bostrom, 36, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. He died after a short battle with leukemia, said his mother, Dawn Willis.
Mr. Bostrom was born Aug. 22, 1967, in Melrose Park, Ill., the son of Dawn (Martin) Willis and Larry Bostrom.
"David came into this world packing an incredible zest for life," said his mother, Dawn Willis.
He worked for the Forest Service in Colorado, on a ranch in Wisconsin, as a deep-sea salvage diver in both the Atlantic and the Pacific, and as a truck driver in Durango. He had a windshield business and a shrimping business in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Bostrom enjoyed an eclectic selection of music, rock climbing, Canyonlands, sailing, reading, writing stories, working out, birds, storms, the ocean and riding his motorcycle. For three years he lived on his sailboat, sailing the Gulf of Mexico and the Intercontinental Waterway.
His mother remembers him as a gifted storyteller with a sense of humor.
"As he followed his dreams, he lived his life to the fullest, with great passion - loving and enjoying it with all his might," Dawn Willis said. "His great physical strength was only exceeded by his strength of will and character. He was one of a kind."
His mother added that her son leaves many behind who love him and will miss him deeply.
Mr. Bostrom is survived by his daughter, Shalyn Rose Bostrom of Ignacio; his sister, Wendy Bostrom of Tiffany; his mother of Tiffany; his father of Chicago; his grandmother, Marge Bostrom of Illinois; his grandfather, William Bechler of Wisconsin; and aunts, uncles and many cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Frontier Baptist Church, County Road 225, Durango. Burial will be at the Florida Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation, 1608 Highway 88, West Brick, N.J. 08724.
John Douglas Folsom
John Douglas Folsom, 52, died Friday, March 5, 2004, in Montrose. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Mr. Folsom was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 27, 1951, he was the son of Joan Gay (Stanley) Lyon and Donald Lyon. Gene Folsom was his adoptive father.
He graduated from Durango High School, then went on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married Yvonne Burr in the church's temple in Utah. They had five children and four grandchildren.
Later, he married Barbara Folsom, who died two years ago of cancer after they spent two years together.
A creative person, Mr. Folsom was a master carpenter who ran his own construction company. He drew great enjoyment from architecture and building. He loved animals, especially horses, time spent gardening and big trucks. He was also a Mason.
"He was a special son and a wonderful father and grandfather," said his mother, Joan Folsom.
Mr. Folsom is survived by his children, Rebecca Bolthouse of Marne, Mich., Martha Lyon of Phoenix, Ariz., Sarah Folsom of Durango, Adam Folsom of Rico and Nathaniel Folsom of Dolores; his grandchildren, Christopher, Cameron, Kaya and Quinton; his step-grandchildren; his father, Donald Lyon of Chattanooga, Tenn.; his mother of Rico; his stepfather, Gene Folsom of Cortez; his sisters, June Carter and Dona D. Cody Lyon, both of Rico, and Lyla Zamani of Los Angeles, Calif.; his brother, Stanley Folsom of Hesperus; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Rico Community Church. Bishop Spencer Smith will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of John Folsom with any branch of Vectra Bank.
Colleen W. Sage
Colleen W. Sage, a La Plata County native, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, in Ignacio. She was 76.
Mrs. Sage was born Aug. 24, 1927, in Ignacio, the daughter of Max and Ellen Watts. She grew up in Ignacio and attended the Indian School there.
As a young woman, she cleaned houses around Ignacio and traveled to Colorado Springs to find other work.
Mrs. Sage later was a dorm mom for youngsters at the Bureau or Indian Affairs school. She also was a housekeeper at PiÃ±o Nuche and served on the Southern Ute Indian Tribe's Credit Committee.
At age 56, Mrs. Sage obtained her GED.
Mrs. Sage enjoyed traveling, beading and attending pow-wows.
"She was a good mother, always there for us," according to her son, Dominic Sage, of Ignacio. "She was most proud of her granddaughter India. She also was proud of her granddaughter Leigh, who took an interest in carrying on traditions."
In addition to her son Dominic and two granddaughters, Mrs. Sage is survived by a second son, Mike Sage, all of Ignacio. She also left a sister and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Dorothy Sage and Alethia Sage; three sons, LeRoy Sage, Sidney Sage and Maurice Sage Jr., three siblings; and her former husband, Maurice Sage.
Visitation will be at Hood Mortuary today from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.
A rosary is scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church.
A funeral service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ignatius Church, with the Rev. James Koenigsfeld, with St. Columba Catholic Church, officiating.
Burial will be at Ouray Memorial Cemetery in Ignacio.
Contributions may be sent to St. Ignatius Church or St. Columba Catholic Church.
Robert Shenk Johnson
Robert Shenk Johnson, a longtime resident of Durango, died of kidney failure Monday, March 1, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center. He was 73.
Mr. Johnson was born Sept. 6, 1930, in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., the son of William and Grace Johnson. He was reared in Chappaqua, N.Y., and joined the Army Air Corps when he turned 18.
After four years in the military, Mr. Johnson enrolled at Nichols Junior College in Dudley, Mass., and later moved to Denver to work in a bank. He later moved to Ganado Mission in Ganado, Ariz., and married there in 1958.
In 1961, Mr. Johnson and his wife, Della, moved to Durango.
He worked for Fort Lewis College and from 1969 to 1978 he was director of the La Plata County Boys Club of America.
From 1978 to 1980, the Johnsons served as missionary appointees to the Evangelical Publications Center in the Ivory Coast, a West African nation. There he did maintenance work and helped prepare artwork for Christian literature for the French-speaking countries of Africa.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Johnson is survived by a brother, William L. Johnson of Port Richey, Fla., five nieces and nephews and nine great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday at Hood Mortuary, with Chaplain Stephanie Spear from Mercy Medical Center officiating.
Cremation will be at Hood Mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Manna Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 1196, Durango 81301 or to the Historical Restoration Fund, First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 226, Silverton 81433.
William Curtis Haga
William Curtis Haga, a 45-year resident of La Plata County, died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, of natural causes at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. He was 76.
Mr. Haga was born Sept. 23, 1927, in Portales, Roosevelt County, N.M., the son of Curtis and Anna Haga. Mr. Haga was reared on a small farm before moving to Bayfield at the age of 17.
In 1949, Mr. Haga was drafted into the Army, serving with the First Cavalry in Korea. He was discharged in 1951. He married Carol Martin, of Ignacio, in March 1955.
Mr. Haga worked a number of jobs, including managing a gasoline station in Pagosa Springs and working at the vanadium mill at Smelter Mountain.
He later worked 27 years for Basin Co-Op, retiring in 1992 at age 65. He didn't stay retired long, earning a master's degree and taking a job with Southwest Agriculture, where he was employed until his death.
Mr. Haga's son, Bruce, of Durango, said his father liked to hunt and fish and spend time with his family. He particularly enjoyed having breakfast at Oscar's Restaurant in Durango.
In addition to his son and his wife, Mr. Haga is survived by two daughters, Constance Haga of Blanco, N.M., and Evylen Bradeen of Durango; sisters Noma Bell White of Texas and Elvena Hickman of Taiband, N.M., brothers Marion "Bud" Haga of Clovis, N.M., and Donald Haga of Durango.
He also is survived by seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation is scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. Monday. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hood Mortuary, with the Rev. Myron Darmour, chaplain at Mercy Medical Center, officiating.
Burial will be at Ignacio East Cemetery.
A potluck dinner is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the V.F.W. Hall in Durango.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave., Durango 81301.
Elizabeth J. Haffey
Elizabeth J. Haffey, 88, who worked for years at Haffey's Confectionery on Main Ave., died Monday, March 1, 2004, at her home in Lakewood. She died of pneumonia, said her daughter Marianne Haffey.
Mrs. Haffey was born Oct. 27, 1915, in Los Angeles, the daughter of Elizabeth and Timothy Hickey. She was one of the oldest surviving daughters of a Civil War veteran.
She married Earl F. Haffey, of Durango, in 1936. Mr. Haffey was appointed chief assayer of the Denver Mint by President Kennedy.
Mrs. Haffey lived in Durango from 1940 to around 1965, Marianne Haffey estimated.
Besides her work in her family's confectionery business, Mrs. Haffey later worked as a teacher's aide in Denver.
She was a member of St. Jude's Catholic Church of Lakewood, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Proto Club, a philanthropic group. She was a member of The Needle and I sewing club of Durango, and a charter member of the Catholic Woman's Club of Durango.
"She did love her grandchildren and called all of her family my people', said Marianne Haffey. "As an only child, she was always just so amazed at how many of my people' there were."
She was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1969 in Denver.
Mrs. Haffey is survived by her daughters: Marianne Haffey of Boulder, Eileen Brown of Durango and Patty Haffey Tretter of Lakewood; her grandchildren: Timothy F. Sharp, Dennis E. Sharp, Judith A. Engelhart, Teresa J. Holton, Kelly A. Tretter, Neil M. Tretter, Charles P. Brown, Patrick E. Brown, D. Edward Brown, and Elizabeth A. Schraeder; and her 15 great-grandchildren.
The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Horan and McConaty, 3101 South Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Jude's Catholic Church, 9405 West Florida Ave., Lakewood. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; 500 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250; Dallas, TX 75244.
Roland C. Jones
Roland C. Jones, 69, a professor emeritus at Fort Lewis College, died of natural causes at his East Third Avenue home Monday, March 1, 2004.
Mr. Jones was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Kearney, Neb., the son of Helen and Clarence Jones. He was a graduate of Amherst High School in Amherst, Neb., the University of Michigan, Northern Arizona University and Michigan State University.
Mr. Jones came to the Fort Lewis College English department in 1967. He was the faculty founder ofCirca, the college literary magazine, which was later renamedImages. He started one of the earliest college film classes and served for many years as the TaeKwon-Do Club faculty advisor. In 1989, he was the recipient of the Alice Admire Outstanding Teacher Award.
One of Mr. Jones' long-time interests was the life and work of the Rev. H. R. Voth, a Mennonite missionary and early Hopi Indian ethnographer. Mr. Jones translated Voth's diaries and many of his papers from old German script. He wrote the Voth entry for theDictionary of American Biography.
His other interests included carpentry and gardening.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna Jones of Durango; his children: Rachel Jones of Durango and Joshua Jones of Dove Creek; his sisters: Joann Johannes of Bloomington, Ind., and Margaret Brieske of Saginaw, Mich.
No memorial service will be held; however, memorial contributions may be sent to Mercy Health Foundation, 375 East Park Ave. Durango, CO 81301.
Edwin I. Ed' Ward
Edwin I. "Ed" Ward, 89, who had lived in Hesperus and the Animas Valley since 1945, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at his home in Durango. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Mr. Ward was born on his family's ranch in Escalante Canyon on July 29, 1914, the youngest of six children of Zora (Conver) Ward and Isaac Arthur Ward.
Mr. Ward graduated from Delta High School in 1932.
He met LaVange Reinhardt while he was working his way through high school and they married Nov. 8, 1935. They moved to Uravan in 1942 where Mr. Ward worked for the Vanadium Corporation of America, then on to LaSal, Utah, where he worked for the LaSal Land and Livestock Company.
In 1945 the family came to old Fort Lewis at Hesperus where Mr. Ward worked with cattle. He was named secretary-treasurer of the National Farm Loan Association of Durango during this period.
In 1953, Mr. Ward went to work for the Western Colorado Power Company in Durango, which became Utah Power and Light and Colorado Ute. He served for years as a union representative for Local 57 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He retired in 1976.
The Wards built a home in the Animas Valley, which they called Calloused Palms. Mr. Ward worked at caring for his lawn, fruit trees, raspberries and gardens. He also enjoyed making things out of wood, wire and metal. He made cedar chests and lawn sprinklers, some of which are still working after 40 years.
Mr. Ward was an active member of the Animas Valley Grange, Pomona Grange and Durango Elks Lodge 507. He served on the board of Animas Water Company and the Animas Mosquito Control District Board. He was a member of the La Plata County Fair Board and the Fairgrounds Commission.
Mr. Ward is survived by his daughters: Barbara Bennett and Kristine Poer of Durango; his grandchildren: Margaret, Rick and Kathleen Poer, Cindy Owen and Mona Kurlander, all of Durango, David Poer of Paso Robles, Calif., and Dena Poer of Portland, Ore.; and his three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1775 Florida Road (County Road 240). The Rev. Aaron Hatfield and Daryll Ward will officiate. A reception will be held in the church hall after the service.