Linda Lou Poirier
Linda Lou 'Colyvin' Poirier, 56, died from heart problems on Friday June 10, 2005, at her home in Rifle.
Mrs. Poirier was born June 30, 1948, to Charles and Annie Lee (Griffin) Colvin in Durango.
She graduated from Durango High School in 1966.
On Dec. 14, 1968, she married Robert "Bo" Poirier in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Mrs. Poirier worked as a lab technician in the Rifle area since 1972. She was a member of a real-estate board, lab director of the 9Health Fair, and on the ski patrol at Sunlight. She was a firefighter and emergency technical technician from 1987 to 2000. She was ambulance chief in 1993.
Mrs. Poirier enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and her yard. Most of all, she loved her granddaughters and her family. Her family said she was a person who would help anyone, no matter the situation.
Survivors include her husband; her mother Annie Lee Warren of Farmington; son Eric Dewayne Poirier of Rifle; daughter Andrea Joi Ferguson of Rifle; brother Charles Colvin of Texas; sisters Sue Jendro of Clifton and Joanne Chartier of Longmont; three granddaughters; many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Thursday, June 16, at the Rifle Firehouse with Jim and Jean Snyder, friends of the family, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Tejon No. 210, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, or the Fire District, Fire Department of Rifle, CO 1850 Railroad Ave., Rifle CO 81650.
Kris Andrea died Friday, June 17, 2005, in Durango.
A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Hood Mortuary. A prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday. A celebration of her life will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call Hood Mortuary at 247-2312.
Bradley Aaron Gibson
Bradley Aaron Gibson died Saturday, June 19, 2005, in Durango from injuries suffered in a car accident. He was 21.
Mr. Gibson was born March 22, 1984.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hood Mortuary. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday up the La Plata Canyon in La Plata City on County Road 124 near Hesperus. The Rev. Darren Wize of the Bible Missionary Church will officiate.
Taeko McCarthy, 69, died Thursday, June 16, 2005, at Swedish Medical Center in Denver.
Mrs. McCarthy was born Oct. 20, 1935, in Sendai, Japan.
She and John McCarthy married on July 9, 1962, in Sapporo, Japan. The following November, she moved to Durango.
Mrs. McCarthy was proud to have obtained her citizenship on June 6, 1968.
Her hobbies included cooking and gardening. She loved family, friends and animals.
Her family said she had an impact on everyone she met.
A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Greenmount Cemetery. Family and friends will officiate.
Survivors include her husband, John, and her extended McCarthy family.
Lucy Rachel Murphy
Lucy Rachel Murphy, 81, died Monday, June 6, 2005, at Skyline Pines Care Facility in Colorado Springs.
Mrs. Murphy was born Feb. 4, 1924, in Nucla to Clayton E. and Alma (Cooper) Williams.
In 1942, she graduated from Nucla High School and attended Mesa College in Grand Junction. Before marrying, she worked as a secretary in Colorado and Florida.
On June 29, 1947, she married Edward Lehman Murphy of Nucla. They were married for 48 years.
They moved to Durango in 1964.
Although Mrs. Murphy traveled to California, Illinois and Taiwan while her husband served in the Navy, her favorite place was in the mountains of Southwest Colorado. She shared this love with her children by teaching them about the outdoors and camping skills.
Mrs. Murphy volunteered as a Girl Scout leader in Illinois and in Durango, and served as the neighborhood chairman in both places. She later worked at the Durango Chamber of Commerce and was a customer service representative at La Plata Electric Association for 10 years.
Mrs. Murphy participated in local bowling leagues until arthritis stopped her. She was also a skilled seamstress and enjoyed all forms of needlework. Other hobbies included gardening, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Her husband Edward preceded her in death.
Survivors include her two daughters, Diana Murphy of Colorado Springs, and Claudia Foley of Phoenix, and one granddaughter.
In accordance with her wishes, no services will be held.
Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2280 S. Albion St. Denver, CO 80222.
The family may be contacted by mail to CM Foley, 1725 W. Stella Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85015.
Louisa Belle Lane
Louisa Belle Lane died Friday, June 17, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center. She was 93.
Mrs. Lane was born on April 27, 1912, on a farm near Edna, Kan., to Samuel Irvin Rhodes and Irma Rhodes. She was one of six children.
For 36 years, Mrs. Lane worked as a librarian and teacher. She started teaching at age 17 in a one-room school house in Labette County, Kan. While teaching, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Wichita State University.
In 1937, she married Maurice Charles Lane in Altamont, Kan.
Mrs. Lane was renowned for originating one of the first multi-media learning centers for elementary schools in the United States. She proudly demonstrated the center to other educators and traveled extensively to speak about the aspects of the center to school boards and school officials throughout the country.
Mrs. Lane said introducing many children to reading was her greatest accomplishment.
She was a member of Kappa Kappa Iota, Delta Kappa Gamma and Kappa Delta Pi professional sororities; the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Bell Aire Baptist Church of Salina, Kan.; and the First Baptist and Metropolitan Baptist churches of Wichita, Kan.
Her husband Maurice preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son John R. Lane of Durango; brother Frank Rhodes of Denver; and three nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bell Aire Baptist Church in Salina, Kan. A luncheon will follow. Mrs. Lane's ashes will be scattered at the family farm where she was raised.
Daryle James Bogenrief
A popular local rafting guide, Daryle James Bogenrief died Friday, June 17, 2005, after his boat flipped on the upper Animas River. He was 25.
Mr. Bogenrief was born on Nov. 10, 1979, at Torrejon Air Base in Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain, to Nancy and Jim Bogenrief. In his youth he lived in a number of countries abroad, including Scotland, Germany and Turkey. His family settled in Monument, Colo., where he graduated from Lewis-Palmer High School in 1998.
He attended Fort Lewis College in Durango and remained in Southwest Colorado to work as a guide for Mild to Wild rafting company and ski instructor at Durango Mountain Resort. In Durango he met and fell in love with Angie Nilsen, of Palisade, Colo. The couple was married on Aug. 7, 2004, in Durango.
"We loved each other more than I ever thought possible, and we were everything to each other," Mrs. Bogenrief said. "We loved our life together."
A gifted athlete and outdoorsman, Bogenrief excelled at baseball, basketball and soccer. He approached sports with a highly competitive spirit. Friends and family remembered him as one of the most highly respected ski instructors and talented river raft guides in the state.
He also loved to fish and hunt Colorado's streams and mountains. He moved quickly through the U.S. Professional Ski Association's instructor programs, becoming the youngest examiner in the association's history.
Friends and family hailed Mr. Bogenrief for his contagious and disarming sense of humor. Friends said he brought integrity and excellence to his family life, work and sporting pursuits. He particularly loved sharing stories of his skiing, hunting and rafting adventures.
Mr. Bogenrief is survived by his wife, Angie Bogenrief, of Avon, Colo.; mother and father, Nancy and Jim Bogenrief of Monument, Colo.; brother, Eric Bogenrief of Monument, Colo.; paternal grandmother, Donna Bogenrief of Watertown, S.D.; and maternal grandmother, Gertrude Brink of Green Valley, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Daryle A. Bogenrief and Kenneth E. Bull.
There will be a public viewing from noon to 2 p.m. and a funeral at 2 p.m. at Hood Mortuary on Tuesday, June 21, 2005. Following the funeral there will be a memorial service celebrating Mr. Bogenrief's life at the gazebo at Rotary Park on 15th Street and East Second Avenue.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Wells Fargo Bank in Avon, c/o The Daryle Bogenrief Memorial Fund.
Jeffrey David Zajicek
The son of local Realtor and community volunteer Judy Fairchild, Jeffrey David Zajicek, 39, died June 14, 2005, near Carson City, Nev. He was killed when his Citabria two-seater airplane crashed. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Mr. Zajicek was born June 25, 1965, at Scott Air Force Base to David and Judy Zajicek. His mother said that he may have been bitten by the flying bug while watching the C-130 cargo planes flying out of the base, which is located near O'Fallon, Ill. He began flying lessons while attending high school in Chicago, and got his pilot's license before beginning his studies at Ripon College in Ripon, Wis.
"That's when he fell in love even more so with the outdoors," said his father. The young man enjoying skiing and hiking along with his flying while studying for a bachelor's degree in psychology.
During his mid-20s, Mr. Zajicek moved to Alaska, where he became a bush pilot, ferrying hunters and fishermen in and out of remote destinations. That's where he met Cathy Krevitz. The couple was together for 10 years, and moved to Nevada three years ago, when they got married on May 4, 2002, in Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Mr. Zajicek was a pilot with Pan Technicon Ltd. in Minden, Nev.
"He shared his love of adventure with me and his dad," said his mother. "I'll miss most the adventures we had together." She also remembered how he loved to fly into Animas Air Park with his family to visit her in Durango.
Mr. Zajicek is survived by his wife, Cathy Zajicek of Carson City, Nev.; stepdaughters, Annaleigha Krevitz and Megan Krevitz of Oklahoma; mother, Judy Fairchild of Durango; father, David Zajicek of Naperville, Ill.; sister, Jill Anne Wickersham of San Francisco and London; stepbrother, Tom O'Brien of El Paso, Ill.; uncle, Rick Zajicek of Port Townsend, Wash.; and grandfather, Norman Bailey of London and Florida.
A private memorial service will be held today at the family home in Carson City, Nev.
Donald E. Hays
Durango native Donald E. Hays, 78, died on May 25, 2005, in Pasadena, Calif. The cause of death was pneumonia as a complication of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mr. Hays was born on April 7, 1927, in Durango to Ernest and Gladys Jefferies Hays.
After his death, his daughter Karen Hays Blush found his original Social Security card, which was issued shortly after he started his first job assembling bicycles for Ben Franklin at the age of 11.
During his high school years, he worked in Jack Lee's machinist shop.
"He always loved planes and flying," said Blush. "He wanted to be a pilot, but when he got married to my mom, family took over."
When he graduated from Durango High School in 1945, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and was stationed in Denver and Biloxi, Miss.
Mr. Hays married Marge Barker in 1945. Their marriage was dissolved in 1967.
In 1956, the Hays family moved to Albuquerque, where Mr. Hays worked as a senior production planner for ACF & Dow Chemical until 1968, when the plant closed. He moved to Pasadena in 1969, retiring as the senior production manager of Resdel Engineering in 1991.
Mr. Hays married Estella Bravo in May 1983.
"He wasn't a traveler," said Blush. "It was always the family. He took us kids camping and fishing constantly."
He was active in his church and the Boy Scouts.
Mr. Hays is survived by his wife, Estella Hays of Pasadena, Calif.; daughters, Karen Hays Blush of Tempe, Ariz., and Jana Hays DeLuca of Albuquerque; sons, Robert Hays of Albuquerque and David Hays of Boise, Idaho; stepdaughters, Rosemary Guerrero and Linda Reyna, both of Pasadena; 20 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew.
Cremation has occurred. His ashes will be returned by his family to Colorado.