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Western Slope Obits 7-21-14

Clarence Allen Nichols

Clarence Allen (Clancy) Nichols, 51, passed away May 25, 2014 in a massive landslide.

Clancy was born in Collbran, Colo., on July 12, 1962, the seventh of eight children born to Mary Lou (Kenney) and Dick Nichols.

He lived in the Molina area his entire life and graduated from Plateau Valley High School in 1980. He was a fourth generation descendant of early Kenney and Nichols homesteaders in the Plateau Valley area. Clancy combined both of these heritages into his brand, Reverse N, K Bar.

Clancy was a volunteer firefighter and EMT who also served on the Plateau Valley Fire Board and the hospital board. He worked for the Collbran Supply until his 21st birthday. He also worked at the Powderhorn Ski Resort, served as deputy town marshal in the Collbran area and has worked for the Mesa County Road Department since 1990. Clancy became the Mesa County Road and Bridge Crew Supervisor in the Collbran area in 2012.

Clancy married Monica Lytle in May of 1988. Together they were blessed with two sons, Daniel Allen and Matthew Tyler before parting ways.

Clancy was an avid outdoorsman who loved taking young hunters out on their hunt, hiking benches to search for arrowheads and animal sheds. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching all young children (his nieces and nephews, as well as great and great-great nieces and nephews) the proper way to each black olives or how to stuff their pockets plum full of candy. He loved hosting family gatherings to bring family closer together and having card parties deep into the morning hours. Clancy was first and foremost a family man whose sons, Danny and Matt were his greatest pride, along with their accomplishments. He was well known as an honest and fair man who would go out of his way to help anyone in need. Giving back to his community was an important part of his life.

Clancy is survived by his son, Mat, his mother, Mary Lou Ridenour, siblings Richie (Don) Compton, Mary Lane, Diana (George) Musselman, Bill (Penny) Nichols, Jean Files, Carol Smith (Barry Gregory), and Penny (Michael) Fulgham, as well as many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and cousins. He will be missed by countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Nichols, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and great niece, Jade Marrie. Clancy and his son, Daniel Nichols, perished together on May 25, 2014 at 5:44 p.m., in the Plateau Valley mountains they loved so much.

Memorial services were held June 1, 2014 at the Plateau Valley School gym in Collbran, Colo.

Please send donations to the Clancy Nichols Memorial Heritage Scholarship fund in care of Matthew Nichols, PO Box 465, Mesa, Colo., 81643. ❖

Daniel Allen Nichols

Daniel (Danny) Allen Nichols, 24, passed away May 25, 2014 in a massive landslide.

Danny was born January 29, 1990, to Monica and Clancy Nichols at St. Mary’s Hospital.

He lived in Plateau Valley all his life except for the four years he spent in Laramie, Wyo. He attended Plateau Valley School from preschool till he graduated as the Valedictorian in 2008. He went on to attend the University of Wyoming earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology.

After graduation he started working for Weatherford logging gas wells, then was hired by and was currently working for Olsson and Associates as an Assistant Scientist, Storm-water Inspector. He would say he had a cubicle in town but the outdoors was his office.

Dan loved the outdoors whether at work or play — hunting, hiking or fishing with his Pa. He is now home in his backyard of Plateau Valley.

Survivors include his mom and stepdad, Monica and Eric Bruton, his brother Matthew Nichols, grandparents Ken and Linda Lytle, and Mary Lou Ridenour and a huge extended family.

Dan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Dick Nichols and his great uncle Dan.

Memorial services were held June 1, 2014 at the Plateau Valley School gym in Collbran, Colo.

Please send contributions in Dan’s name to University of Wyoming, Attention: Dr. Erin Campbell-Stone Department of Geology and Geophysics No. 3006 Geology Field Camp Program, 1000 E University Ave., Laramie, Wyo., 82071. ❖

Deborah K. “Debi” Fisher

Debi Fisher, 67, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away July 11, 2014, at San Juan Living Center in Montrose, Colo.

Debi was born on May 29, 1947, in Gillroy, Calif., the daughter of James Earl Allen and Ruby L. (Way) Allen.

Debi was divorced.

She was a country music recording artist in Nashville, Tennessee from 1970 until 1977.

Debi was a loving mother and a best friend; a gentle spirit. Truly an inspiration to all who knew her.

Debi is survived by two daughters: Lisa Boyer of Bakersfield, Calif., and Linda Hatfield of Cedaredge, Colo.; a son, John Hawkins of Hotchkiss, Colo.; brother Jimmy Allen of Gerber, Calif.; sister Teresa Mumford of California; as well as six grandchildren: Cameron Hawkins of Grand Junction, Colo; and Destiny, Jerry, Deborah, Melissa and Jamie.

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.

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