Robert Michael 'Bobby' Dean
Robert Michael "Bobby" Dean died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at home in Kirtland, N.M.
He was 86.
Mr. Dean was born June 20, 1918, to Henry Royal (Roy) Dean and Dolores (Dolly) Bruun Dean in Mancos.
He was the seventh of nine children.
Mr. Dean grew up in Mancos, where he made the all-conference basketball team all four years of high school, and graduated from Mancos High School in 1938.
He was a skilled skier.
Until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941, Mr. Dean worked for the U.S. Forest Service.
During World War II, he served in the Pacific, and afterward was recalled to serve in the Korean conflict.
Mr. Dean was discharged with the rank of master sergeant after serving eight years.
On July 22, 1946, Mr. Dean married Ada Matlock.
They had six children and were married for 58 years.
For many years, Mr. Dean worked with the Franklin Life Insurance Co.
In 1970, he moved the family from Brigham City, Utah, to Cortez after taking over the 7-2-11 Food Store there.
Thereafter, transfers moved the family to Farmington and then to Shiprock, N.M.
After he retired in 1985, Mr. and Mrs. Dean moved to Kirtland, N.M.
They served two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chicago, Ill., and at the Church Genealogy and Family History Center in Salt Lake City.
Mr. Dean enjoyed sports.
Mr. Dean was preceded in death by two children, his son Dennis Dean and his daughter Roberta Shirley; one grandson, Joel Dennis Dean; and great-granddaughter Hayden Squiring.
He is survived by his wife, Ada Evelyn Matlock of Kirtland, N.M.; a sister, Lilly Nelson of Jayson, Utah; his sons, Vic Dean and Ron Dean, both of Provo, Utah, and Rick Dean of Orem, Utah; a daughter, Lori Bohr of Kirtland, N.M.; 23 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the Old Kirtland Highway, 473 CR 6100.
Burial will follow in Mancos Cemetery.
William E. Nutt
William Nutt died of natural causes on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, in Indianapolis. He was 82.
Mr. Nutt was born on May 10, 1922, in Cedar Hill, N.M., to John and Sadie Nutt.
He moved to Durango at an early age, and he remained for most of his life.
After spending four years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he worked in the mines in Ouray.
Later, he operated WEN Floor Covering in Durango.
In 1945, he married Dolores Marie Garcia, and they were married for 50 years.
Mr. Nutt loved spending time with his family, including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid hunter.
For the last two years, he had been living with his son and family in Indianapolis.
Mr. Nutt was preceded in death by his wife.
He is survived by six children, Dolores Harrison of Atlanta; Alexa Samora of Roswell, N.M.; Bill Nutt of Farmington; Thomas Nutt of Garland, Texas; Michael Nutt of Durango; and Pat Nutt of Indianapolis; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Lucy Bates of Escondido, Calif.; and an aunt, Bea Harper of Bayfield.
A private graveside service will be held at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Cedar Hill, N.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Holy Trinity Place, 907 North Holmes Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46222.
William 'Bill' David Groves
William David Groves died of natural causes at age 85 on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004.
Mr. Groves was born on March 25, 1919, in Bayfield, the son of Forrest and Helen Briscoe Groves.
Raised as a child in south Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, he was one of three brothers.
Mr. Groves went on to graduate from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1942.
After college, he served in World War II in an intelligence unit, and he was in one of the first U.S. Army units to enter the Buchenwald concentration camp during the liberation.
After the war, he worked as a newspaper journalist.
In 1949, he and his father returned to Durango and founded Camp Silver Spruce for boys and girls.
After his father's death in 1954, Mr. Groves and his family continued to own and operate the camp until 1969.
For 20 years, he helped introduce thousands of children to Southwest Colorado through his summer camp.
After retiring from the summer camp business, he became a real-estate developer, creating several subdivisions near Durango.
The largest was Forrest Groves Estates, named for his father and son.
He is survived by three children, Dr. Forrest Groves of Boulder, Tena Groves Cornell of Los Angeles, and Penny Groves Layman of Durango; one brother, Jerry Groves of New Braunfels, Texas; his former wife, Nila Groves of Longmont; and a grandchild.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Billy Ray Greer
Billy Ray Greer died of natural causes on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, in Ignacio. He was 71.
Mr. Greer was born May 1, 1933, in Marvel, the son of Harry and Helen Greer.
He was raised in the Cherry Creek area on the family farm, and served in the U.S. Army.
On April 29, 1960, he married Bonnie Cundiff in Durango.
For 32 years, he worked for Fort Lewis College.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, and he was an avid gardener.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Greer; daughter Brenda Wood of Portales, N.M.; son Bradford Greer of Bayfield; sisters Norma Frame and Maxine Ealum, both of Hesperus; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hood Mortuary.
The Rev. Bud Rousset, with Marvel United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Burial will occur at Pine River Cemetery in Bayfield.
Lucille W. Brown
A Farmington resident, Lucille W. Brown died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, in Ignacio. She was 88.
Mrs. Brown was born on June 30, 1916, in Miramonte, Ariz., to Warren and Adelaide Whetten.
She is survived by one son, David Antonio Brown of Battle Mountain, Nev.; four daughters, Addie Lou Garey of Ignacio, Frances Waite of Farmington, Elizabeth Schiess of Smithfield, Utah, and Karen Walker of Farmington; a sister, Ruthie Hancock of Utah; three brothers, Leon Whetten of Utah, Ernest "Bud" Whetten of New Mexico and John Whetten of Idaho; 22 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home in Farmington.
Bishop Seth Bingham will preside over services at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Apache Street in Farmington.
Florence Bell Newman
A longtime resident of Cortez, Florence Bell Newman died at her home on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at the age of 85.
Mrs. Newman was born Oct. 20, 1919, in Longdale, Okla., the daughter of Robert W. and Pearl (Rossiter) Quick.
She married John F. Newman on July 13, 1945, in Walla Walla, Wash.
They shared 59 years of marriage.
In 1978, she and her husband moved to Cortez.
An avid square dancer, Mrs. Newman loved to dance with the Merry Mixers in Klamath Falls, Ore.
She enjoyed embroidery and watching soap operas.
Mrs. Newman is survived by her husband, John Newman of Cortez; two daughters, Beverly Jean Charbonneau of Seneca, S.C., and Patricia Ann Bossenmaier of Magdalena, N.M.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vivian Paulson of Longmont and Shirley Rods of Oregon; and two brothers, Joe Quick of Hawaii and George Quick of Australia.
Visitation has been set from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.
Funeral services for Mrs. Newman will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.
The Rev. Ron Horne, with the Cortez First Baptist Church, will officiate.
Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery in Silverton next spring.