Western Slope Obituaries 4-22-13
July 1, 2013
Alta R. Watson
Alta R. Watson, 86, of GText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colorrand Junction, Colo., passed away April 14, 2013.
She was born in Silt, Colo., to Walter and Annette Allen on July 19, 1926. She and her three sisters spent most of their childhood on the family farm in Clifton, Colo.
It was here that she met the love of her life, Virgil Watson Sr. The couple made their life in Nebraska after eloping in 1945. It was in Nebraska that they raised their two sons, Virgil Jr. and Allen.
Alta returned to the Grand Valley after her beloved husband passed away in 1970. She would remain here for the rest of her life spoiling her grandchildren and touching the lives of many.
Alta was inspiration to all that knew her. Her kindness, wit and gentle spirit will be missed by all those lucky enough to have known this incredible lady.
She is survived by one sister, Ruby Shaw of Fruita, Colo.; her two sons, Virgil Watson Jr. and Allen (Rebecca) Watson of Palisade, Colo.; her two granddaughters, Kelly Watson and Jodie (Chanse) Brackett, and the newest addition, her great-grandson, Jace Brackett; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held April 18, 2013 at Clifton Christian Church in Clifton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Clifton Christian Church. ❖
Hugh Flynn, Jr.
Hugh P. Flynn, Jr., 74, of GText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colorrand Junction, Colo., passed away April 6, 2013.
He was born August 11, 1938 to Hugh P. Flynn Sr. and Kathryn Flynn in Rifle, Colo.
He was married to Ruth King for 54 years.
He was employed as a surveyor for Climax Uranium and as an inspector for the Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Land Management. He later started farming and raising cattle until retirement. He enjoyed bull riding and going to Mesquite.
He loved his family so much and will be missed by all.
He is survived by wife, Ruth; son, Gary (Christi) Flynn, and daughter, Debbie (Guy) Thomas; grandchildren, Stephanie (Brandon) Sloan, Jennifer Thomas, and Megan and Brittany Flynn; great-granddaughter, Athena Flynn; brothers Doug (Pat) Dean, and Howard (Lorraine) Dean; sisters Pearl Waterfield, Betty Rooks, and Mary Ann Bogani; and sisters-in-law, Fern Dean and Janice Flynn.
He was preceded in death by Jack Dean, Floyd Dean, Bill Flynn, Jean Davis, Patsy Dupuy, Gladys Jones, Helen Flynn and Dorothy Flynn.
Memorial services were held April 11, 2013.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090 B North 12th Street Grand Junction, Colo., 81506. ❖
Nancy L. Brennan
Nancy Rose (Love) Brennan, 85, passed away March 30, 2013 at her home after a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was born March 27, 1928 in Glenwood Springs, Colo., to her parents, Milo R. “Waddy” Love and Helen E. Love. They returned to the LOV Ranch, located on Piceance Creek, where she grew up and remained the rest of her life.
She attended Rock School for the first eight years, and then attended high school in Rifle, Colo. She went to college in Boulder, Colo.
On September 14, 1947, she married C.W. “Bill” Brennan. They were married for 65 years. They made their home on the ranch taking over from her parents. Nancy worked hand in hand with Bill, performing all the duties required of a working rancher, as well as homemaker, all the while raising four children. Nancy was always the glue that held the family and ranch together. She was a cowboy, ranch hand, peacemaker, ranch foreman while Bill was serving our County and State, disciplinarian (yes she could give a memorable spanking when it was deserved), cook, laundry attendant, doctor, nurse, and house cleaner, just to name a few of the duties performed cheerfully and always without complaint. There were definitely times when her family gave her reason to complain, but she just straightened them all out and they went on. Although outwardly quiet, this lady had an iron will and could wield it firmly when needed.
After getting their children raised, Nancy and Bill took some time away from the ranch to travel, including a memorable trip to Africa and two tours of Mexico. While Bill was attending meetings, Nancy was able to enjoy many tours of Washington D.C.
Nancy was active in the Rio Blanco County Cowbelles promoting Colorado Beef, serving in various offices including President. She was also an active member of the Colorado Cowbelles Association.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; by one sister, Marje Dorrell, who is residing in Alaska; and four children, Michael Milo Brennan (Jackie) of Meeker, Colo., Kay Nancy Bumguardner of Mesa, Colo., James William Brennan (Beverly) running the ranch on Piceance Creek, and Richard Joseph Brennan (Sandie) of North Pole, Alaska; seven grandchildren, CL Bumguardner, Rachel Goodman, Rebecca Brennan, Neil Brennan, Matt Brennan, Ben Brennan, and Erin Brennan; also ten great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial services were held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Meeker, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rio Blanco Home Health in care of Pioneer Hospital in Meeker, Colo. ❖
Herman Leroy “Bud” Crist
Herman Leroy “Bud” Crist, 79, Grand Junction, Colo., passed away March 30, 2013.
He was born March 19, 1934, to Herman Martin Crist and Dorothy Harriet Howell Crist in Friend, Kan.
The family moved to Delta County, Colo., when he was 3-years-old. They moved several times, from Peagreen to Rogers Mesa, where Bud and his brothers worked on 80 acres of fruit trees. In 1950, the family moved to Grand Junction, Colo., where Bud graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1952. After graduation, Bud served in the Army from August 1956 to July 1958.
On November 23, 1958, Bud and Constance Lee Mahnke were married. They had three sons, Scott, Eric and Grant. The couple celebrated 54 years of being together in November, 2012.
Bud was a carpenter by trade and he retired from School District 51 Maintenance Department in December, 1999 after 23 years.
By nature, he was a fisherman, gardener and loved all things mechanical. He used fishing as the reason for many years of family vacations; going to Canada five times, and several of the western states. He was always ready to travel at any time, as long as the destination was either the mountains or visiting family in Kansas. He loved gardening, but hated weeds and rocks.
Bud was raised on Western Colorado fruit and vegetables, and was especially fond of tomatoes from the garden and his brother, Ron’s peaches. In his younger years, his interests included Texas Hold-em, Five card stud and Saturdays at Perry’s Auction. His life long love of classic cars resulted in a collection of vehicles that kept him busy during retirement.
Bud was easy going and ready to strike up a conversation at any time with anyone willing to visit. He was fond of good Italian food, steaks, and seafood, and a faithful armchair quarterback of the Denver Broncos. In final analysis, Bud was very proud of his sons and loved his grandkids very much.
He is survived by wife, Connie; brother, Ronald (Twila), and sister, Iris Krogh, all of Grand Junction, Colo.; sons, Scott (Gretchen), and Hayden of Littleton, Colo., Eric (Margaret); Brian, Arrianna, and Alyson of Grand Junction, Colo., and Erica of Colorado Springs, ,Colo.; and many friends and his cousins from Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Donald.
At Bud’s request, there will be no services.
Cremation has taken place. ❖