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Western Slope Obituaries 11-26-12


James A. Derryberry

James A. Derryberry, 83, formerly of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away November 1, 2012 in a house fire in Kinta, Okla.

He was born in Cloud Chief, Okla., on June, 24, 1929, to James Edward and Chloe Beatrice Derryberry. He graduated from Alfalfa Oklahoma High School, and moved to Hereford, Texas, where he met and married Lucy Marie Welty on April 16, 1948. He worked for his father-in-law farming and combining wheat. They had two sons and one daughter, and then moved to Colorado in 1955. They lived in various locations from Loma to Palisade, Colo. They owned and managed several orchards and many acres of farm land.

While in Colorado they had another son and daughter. Jim also worked full time as a brakeman/conductor on the D&RGW Railroad from 1967 until he retired in 1987.

Jim loved farming, but when they moved to Kansas in 1987, he engaged in his true passion of ranching. In 1994, they moved back to Oklahoma to take care of Jim’s aging mother.

Lucy passed away in 2004, and Jim remained in their home with Lucy’s memories until he passed away.

He is survived by a brother, Ernest Derryberry of Clifton, Colo.; sons, Tom (Karla), Randy (Mara), and Jim Derryberry, of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughters, Ricki (Lee) Searcy, of Grand Junction, Colo., and Vicki Derryberry of Lakewood, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy; his parents, and sister, Evelyn Brown.

Memorial services were held November 16, at New Horizons Foursquare Church in Grand Junction, Colo. ❖

Doris Hudson

Doris Gertrude Hudson, 91, passed away November 6, 2012, in Denver, Colo.

She was a former Archuleta County Judge.

Doris was born to Elmer and Gertie Lutes on April 24, 1921, in Riverside, Texas. She was one of eight children.

She was introduced on a blind date to her future husband, Wiley Joe Hudson. The couple got engaged on Christmas Day 1940 and married in March 1941 in Dallas. They had two children.

Doris was an active homemaker.

She served on the Episcopal Women’s Auxiliary in various churches and was a talented artist in both oil and pastels.

The Hudsons moved to Colorado in 1959 to establish a guest ranch, The Golden Burro Lodge, in Blanco Basin outside Pagosa Springs.

After several years, Doris ran for and was elected to the position of Archuleta County judge. She was the first female nonlawyer county judge in the history of Colorado, her family said. She was nominated for and awarded a position in Who’s Who of American Women.

Doris retired to Mesa, Ariz., with her husband and got involved in antique and collectible redistribution. After her husband passed away, she moved to Denver, Colo., to be near her family.

She is survived by her son, Steven Howard Hudson, of Durango, Colo.; daughter, Joanna Darlene Hudson, of Aurora, Colo.; older brother, Leonard Lutes, of Dallas; two grandsons; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 67 years, Wiley Joe Hudson.

No service will be held at her request.

Cremation has occurred. Her ashes will be scattered in the Colorado mountains she loved. ❖

Joseph Michael “Mike” Thomas

Joseph Michael “Mike” Thomas, 72, of Austin, Colo., passed away November 12, 2012 at his residence in Austin, Colo.

He was born September 6, 1940 at Delta, Colo., to Joe S. and Loraine E. (Schaublin) Thomas. He spent his childhood in Santa Cruz, Calif., Montrose, Colo., and Delta, Colo. He graduated from Delta High School in 1959.

Mike started his career in cutting meat at several major grocery stores where he also served as the meat manager. He then worked in real estate in California. When he moved back to Orchard City he worked as the service manager for Pollard Brothers in Montrose, Colo. Mike lived in Northridge, Calif., prior to moving back to Austin, Colo., where he resided since 1979. He was a member of the Delta United Methodist Church and Methodist Men.

He was a member of the Orchard City Irrigation District, Grand Mesa Water Conservancy, Fogg Ditch Company and Water Enhancement Authority­—which he held various positions. Mike was a member of the National Hot Rod Association where he raced a 1973 Dodge Dart F/Stock Automatic.

He served for years on the Cory Cemetery District and enjoyed serving on the Invocation and Caring Committee at church. For several years he helped his father-in-law farm.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marsha (Lanning) Thomas of Austin, Colo.; two sons: Mitchell Thomas of Grand Junction, Colo., and Matthew Thomas and spouse, Melony (Antal) Thomas of Port Orange, Fla; his brother, William Thomas and spouse, Charlotte of Cedaredge, Colo.; four grandchildren, Caleb, Josh, Alik and Ashleigh; and three great grandchildren.

Memorial services were held November 16, 2012 at the Delta United Methodist Church in Delta, Colo.

A private interment will be held at the Cory Cemetery in Cory, Colo.

Memorial contributions be made in Mike’s memory to the Delta United Methodist Church Missions Fund or Building Fund, P. O. Box 427, Delta, Colo., 81416.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com.

Donald M. Hall

Donald M. Hall, 63, passed away November 8, 2012 of liver cancer at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Colo. He was two weeks shy of his 64th birthday.

Known as “Don,” he was born to William Max and Loretta Hall on November 21, 1948, in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He grew up on a ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and spent his teens and early 20s in Mesa, Ariz. He graduated from Westwood High School in Mesa and attended Mesa Community College.

In 1976, he married Therese Fitzgerald in Steamboat, Colo. The couple had two children before the marriage ended in divorce in 1994.

The Halls returned to his family’s ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colo., where built their log home together.

Don worked as a mechanic and then operations manager for Waste Management in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and later in Silverthorne, Colo.

The family moved to Durango, Colo., in 1993, where Don bought the Durango Smoke Shop with his brother, Glenn Hall, starting the “Hall Brothers’ Pipe Dream,” as they dubbed it. After his brother’s death in 1995, Don continued running the business until he sold it in 2009.

He was an avid camper, hiker, fisherman and hunter.

“He taught us to love and respect nature,” his children said. “He was an amazing father, always supporting us to follow our dreams and taught us self-reliance and responsibility. He was known as a giver. He went above and beyond the role of an employer, supporting and helping the many people who worked at the smoke shop over the years.”

He is survived by his son, Casey Hall of Durango, Colo.; daughter, Jamie Hall of Seattle, Wash.; mother, Loretta Hall of Mancos, Colo.; and sister, Janice Hall of Mancos, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Therese Hall.

Memorial services were held November 25, 2012, at the Angus McPherson Memorial Chapel at Fort Lewis College.

Cremation has taken place. His ashes will be spread in the La Plata Mountains in the spring. ❖




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