Dusty Walker, 88, who owned and managed the O-BAR-O Resort near Durango, died Saturday, April 3, 2004, in Palm Desert, Calif. He died of many natural causes including heart failure and lung cancer, said his wife of 48 years, Claire Walker.
Mr. Walker was born Dec. 21, 1915, in Enid, Okla., and started his entertainment career in radio at the age of 14 in Kansas City, Mo.
A tenor, Mr. Walker went on to perform in vaudeville, television and movies and recorded many songs, including "Maybe" and "It's a Lonesome Old Town."
Mr. and Mrs. Walker met in 1955 in Los Angeles when she presented him with aTV Guideaward. They married on March 24, 1956, in Las Vegas
"Dusty was an entertainer until the very end. He even entertained in the chemo-therapy center," Mrs. Walker said. "He lived his life fully, loved his family and friends dearly, and shared his wit and music freely. We'll miss him so much."
Mr. Walker loved flying and served the U.S. Army and Navy as a civilian flight instructor in Boulder during World War II.
He owned many businesses and worked in sales in Arizona and Hawaii where he and his family lived for 22 years.
In retirement, he owned and managed the O-BAR-O resort on the road to Lemon Lake. He also traveled extensively.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Scottish Rite, the Aloha Shrine Temple, the Elks, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Waikiki Yacht Club.
Mr. Walker is survived by his wife of Farmington, N.M., and Palm Desert; his daughters: Catherine Walker Grobler of Aztec and Kailee O'Keefe of Durango; and his four grandchildren, Aaron, Connor and Easton of Durango and Andrew of Aztec.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, June 5, 2004, in Durango. His ashes will be scattered in Hawaii.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Frank John Malarsie Sr.
A celebration of the life of Frank John Malarsie Sr. will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4031, 1550 Main Ave. Friends are invited.
Mr. Malarsie died at 82 on Sunday, March 21, 2004, after an extended illness following congestive heart failure.
Earl John Crowder
Earl John Crowder, who was librarian at Fort Lewis College for nearly 30 years, died Friday, April 9, 2004, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January.
He died at the age of 64, at home with his wife and children, relieved to know that he wouldn't suffer through years with his other affliction, Parkinson's disease, his family said in a statement.
His family remembers the humor with which he said he would rather die than see Bush re-elected or spend another summer watching the Colorado Rockies lose.
Mr. Crowder moved his family to Durango and started working at Fort Lewis College as a librarian in 1973, where he remained until his retirement in 2002.
He is remembered by Will Coe, who taught philosophy at Fort Lewis College for 29 years, almost exactly the same time that Mr. Crowder was there.
"He was one of my closest friends on the faculty, and I'm going to miss him. He was very interested in my field. He had a master's degree in philosophy," Coe said. "He ordered the books for the library, and we liked the same books. He read a lot, lots of phenomenology and existentialism."
Mr. Crowder's son Matthew Crowder remembers that in 1988, his father won the Fort Lewis College Community Achievement Award.
Joel Jones, who was president of Fort Lewis College during part of Mr. Crowder's time in the library, was impressed with his seriousness and his dedication to helping students when they walked into the library.
"He was just always there," Jones said. "I'm sure he had hours like the rest of us, but he was so good at making students feel at home in the library and helping them. I doubt if any of us could count the number of students he helped."
Mr. Crowder was born in Minturn on Dec. 17, 1939, the son of Dorothy and Earl Crowder. Born to working-class parents, Mr. Crowder was defined by his working-class values as well as his spirit of justice, his family said.
Mr. and Mrs. Crowder met at the Denver Public Library. They were married 3½ months later. The marriage thrived for 36 years.
He had contradictions. Mr. Crowder was a private person, but he shared his home for almost 30 years with hundreds of Durango parents and their small children because his wife, Barbara, cared for children. He enjoyed being around his family almost as much as he enjoyed being alone.
Mr. Crowder graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in philosophy and from the University of Denver with a degree in library science. He continued his studies of social and political thought until the end of his life.
Mr. Crowder will be remembered for his politics, quick wit and love of books and music, his family said in a statement. What he saw as the destruction of the democratic system in America alarmed him. The atrocities and injustices suffered throughout the world depressed him. He believed corporate greed was unconscionable and harmed the working class.
He loved libraries and the whole idea of public places where working-class individuals could become literate and informed and thereby participate more fully in decisions that affect their lives, his family said.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his sons, Nathan, Matthew and Benjamin Crowder; his daughter, Elizabeth Marx; his grandchildren, Alexandria Dolphin, Phillip Crowder, Aaron Marx and Noah Marx; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
No services are planned. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301. Books may also be donated in his memory to any local library.
Wylene Capps Norman
Wylene Capps Norman, who owned and operated the Pine River Lodge at Vallecito Lake for 15 years, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at a nursing home in Abilene, Texas. She died at the age of 87 after declining years complicated by kidney failure and many years of arthritis, said her daughter, Barbara J. Stelding.
Mrs. Norman was born Aug. 20, 1916, in Limestone County, Texas, the daughter of Berniece and Wylie Capps. She married Paul Norman Jr. in 1937 in Amarillo, Texas, where they lived until 1951.
In that year, they moved to Colorado to the Pine River Lodge, which they owned until 1965. Then Mrs. Norman worked in the Bayfield school cafeteria for three years.
Beginning in 1968, the Normans spent the winter in Apache Junction, Ariz. After the death of her husband in 1999, Mrs. Norman moved to Abilene to be near her family.
"She was my best friend," Barbara Stedling said. "She was a fisherwoman and hunter who fed us on trout, venison and elk for many years. After she moved to Texas, her interests moved more to reading and crossword puzzles. Her main interest was the Church of Christ, to which she belonged for 48 years."
Mrs. Norman is survived by her daughter of Abilene; her grandchildren, Michelle Baccherini of Fort Worth, Texas, and Michael Stelding of Dallas, Texas; her great-grandson, Alessandro Baccherini of Fort Worth; her sisters, Dorothy Savage of Lubbock, Texas, and Ruth Thompson of Nederland, Texas; and her brother, Thomas Capps of Fort Collins.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Woodlawn Church of Christ in Abilene. The Rev. Larry Gill and the Rev. Sonny Guild will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Bayfield. Gene Chapin and the Rev. Ian Fair will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woodlawn Church of Christ, 3185 N. 10th St., Abilene, TX 79603, or Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605.
Gordon David Hayes
Gordon David Hayes, 83, died Sunday, April 4, 2004, in Payson, Ariz.
Mr. Hayes was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He emigrated to Canada, and then came to the United States in 1957. He became a U.S. citizen in 1962.
He worked on the Mercury space program.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce, who died in 1998.
Mr. Hayes is survived by his second wife, Audrey; his son, Roger Hayes of Durango; his stepdaughter, Teresa Centner of California; his stepson Davey Beard of California; his granddaughters, Courtney and Chelsea and his great-granddaughters, Logan and Chandler.
A private memorial service was held.
Donations may be made to RTA Hospice, 107 East Frontier St., Payson 85541.
Orlando V. 'Orlie' Duran
Orlando V. "Orlie" Duran, 67, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his home in Bayfield. He died of natural causes, said his daughter Linda Barnes.
Mr. Duran was born March 2, 1937, in Ignacio, the son of Lucy (Valdez) Duran and Andy Duran. He graduated from high school in Ignacio in 1956. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1961.
He married Noemi Herrera on January 20, 1962, in Ignacio.
Mr. Duran drove a delivery truck for Pepsi Cola and repaired machines for the Xerox Corporation. He also worked on electronics and mechanics as a hobby and could fix many things, including his cars.
He enjoyed camping, fishing and all outdoor sports. One of his passions was his guitar. He played in Spanish/country western bands and with the church choir.
"He was a loving man to everybody," Barnes said. "There wasn't a person who met him who didn't love him like a brother or father or grandfather. All our friends' children called him 'dad' or 'granddad.'"
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a grandfather who raised one of his grandsons, Eric Duran.
He was preceded in death by his son Toby Duran.
Mr. Duran is survived by his wife, Noemi Duran, of Bayfield; his daughter, Linda Barnes of Bayfield; his sons: Joseph Duran of Albuquerque and Nick Duran of Bayfield; his 12 grandchildren; his brothers: Andres Duran Jr. of Port Angeles, Wash., Chris Duran, Jack Duran, Rudy Duran and Mick Duran, all of Ignacio; his sisters: Lillian Duran of Durango, Eileen Candeleria and Yolanda Rodriguez, both of Ignacio, Corinne Trujillo of Colorado Springs and Martha Palomino of Moreno Valley, Calif.; and his aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial will celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, also at Sacred Heart. The Rev. Joseph L. Gallegos will officiate. Burial will take place at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango.
Contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Youth Fund, 254 East Fifth Ave. or Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave., Durango 81301.
Ray Mathias Reeder
Ray Mathias Reeder, who taught history at Fort Lewis College for 14 years, died Monday, April 5, 2004, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. He died at the age of 89 of natural causes, said his granddaughter Amy Barrett.
Mr. Reeder was born May 16, 1914, in Brigham City, Utah, the son of Ada Mathias and Adolph Reeder. The family lived on a farm where they grew alfalfa and sugar beets.
After carrying out a three-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France, Mr. Reeder married Phyllis Johnson on May 29, 1941. The marriage was solemnized in the Latter-day Saints Temple in Logan, Utah.
Mr. Reeder taught religious studies at Bear River High School in Tremonton, Utah, for 12 years. During that time, he earned his master's degree from Utah State University.
In 1960, the family moved to Provo, Utah, where Mr. Reeder taught religious studies at Farrer Junior High for six years while he earned his Ph.D. in history from Brigham Young University.
The Reeders moved to Durango in 1966 where Mr. Reeder taught history at FLC until he retired in 1980.
He served in many callings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
During their time in Durango, Mr. and Mrs. Reeder extracted more than 200,000 names from microfiche records for the Latter-day Saints Family History Center in Salt Lake City.
In his free time, Mr. Reeder enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, practicing photography and reading.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, and his infant son, David.
Mr. Reeder is survived by his daughters: Marilyn Asay of Denver, Carol Ebright of Chicago, Kathleen Steed of Mapleton, Utah, and Jean Burns of Colorado Springs; his brother, Dawn Reeder of Corinne, Utah; his 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, with two on the way.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the City Cemetery in Brigham City.
The Rev. Gary Dean MacDonald
The Rev. Gary Dean MacDonald, 46, pastor of Durango's New Life Chapel, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center. He died of a heart attack, said the La Plata County coroner, Dr. Carol Huser.
The Rev. MacDonald was born March 1, 1958, in Barstow, Calif., the son of Ethlyn and Howard MacDonald. He was raised in Southern California.
The Rev. MacDonald was married to Tammy MacDonald for 24 years. They had three children.
He worked in full-time ministry of the Foursquare denomination for 24 years.
The Rev. MacDonald has been senior pastor at New Life Chapel since 1998. In April 2000, he was appointed the divisional superintendent of the Western Slope Division of Foursquare Churches and most recently served as divisional superintendent at large.
Before he moved to Durango, the Rev. MacDonald was senior pastor of the Lubbock First Foursquare Church in Lubbock, Texas.
The Rev. MacDonald's colleagues characterized him as a pastor, evangelist and worship leader who has spoken in youth camps, retreats, conferences and churches across the country.
He wrote many worship songs. One of his songs "Break Through the Chains," was published and recorded by Integrity Music.
The Rev. MacDonald is survived by his wife of Durango; his children: Matthew Howard MacDonald, Jinny Arlene MacDonald and Joshua Lawrence MacDonald, all of Durango; his parents of Azusa, Calif.; his brothers: Rick MacDonald and Luke MacDonald, both of Azusa; his sisters: Linda Kinslow of Apple Valley, Calif. and Kathy Chaney of Carson City, Nev.; and his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at New Life Chapel, 860 Plymouth Drive. The Rev. Rick MacDonald will officiate.