Western Slope Obituaries 11-19-12
John Charles Martin
John Charles Martin, 68, passed away November 6, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.
He was a rancher, businessman, mentor and friend to countless people.
John was born August 2, 1944 in Grand Junction, Colo., to Richard and Wilma (Billie) Martin and spent his younger years in the Grand Valley. In 1952 the family moved to Carbondale, Colo., where John remained until his death. John graduated from Carbondale High School in 1962 and developed his mechanical skills at a diesel school in Utah.
John married Marilyn Trump in 1972 and they had two children, Sean and Holly. John and Marilyn spent nearly 25 years together before divorcing. John went on to marry Laura King and spent the last 20 years of his life with her. With that union he also welcomed Laura’s children into his life: John, Katie and Zane.
John was known to all as a man with diverse interests. He was exceptionally passionate about work and spent many years building his businesses. Through the years John was involved in ranching, sand and gravel production, ready-mix concrete, real estate development, and restaurant ownership, among many other fields. John loved to take on a challenge and was an excellent source of business advice. He thrived on making big deals and was at his best in high pressure situations. He was also a man who was always ready to listen when a person had a problem, and genuinely wanted everyone he knew to be successful and happy in what they were doing. John’s generosity and compassion were cornerstones of his personality.
When he wasn’t working (which was rare), John enjoyed snowmobiling, jeeping and collecting antiques that he found on eBay or in little, out of the way stores. He had a fantastic sense of humor and liked to work South Park references into conversation. He loved animals and being outdoors and combined the two whenever he could. John rarely went anywhere without his buddy, Kelpie Grande`.
He is survived by his wife, Laura Martin; children Sean and Holly (Robert) Martin; step-children Jon (Erin) Willis, Zane (Charlea) Hubbard, and Katie (Shelly) Willis; siblings Bill (Helga) Martin and Jimmie (Dan) Downer, as well as several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held November 14, 2012 at the Tybar Ranch, outside of Carbondale, Colo.
Memorial contributions to honor John’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. ❖
Gerald Lee Culverwell
Gerald Lee Culverwell, 69, longtime Craig, Colo., resident, passed away November 9, 2012 at his home.
He was born to H.G. and Erma (Martin) Culverwell on July 7, 1943 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Gerald was the eldest of six children. His siblings were: Norman, Jon, Carolyn, Melvin and Melodie.
He attended school in Craig graduating from Moffat County High School in 1961.
Gerald met his future wife when they were in the fifth and sixth grade after Roberta Jennings’ father went to work on the Culverwell Ranch. The rest is history. They were married in August of 1961, recently celebrating 51 years of marriage. To this union, Gerald and Roberta had two children, Annette (Bob) Dunckley and Rodney (Margaret).
Gerald was a third generation farmer/rancher in Northwest Colorado with his grandfather’s original homestead being part of the ranch. Gerald had a custom haying operation, was a successful Vermeer dealer and enjoyed hauling livestock. He did this while operating his own cattle and sheep ranch and raising hay and rotation crops.
Gerald, in partnership with his wife built a thriving networking business that reached from coast to coast. He never believed in a hand out but was always willing to offer a hand up and this business offered that same principle. Gerald was a believer in free enterprise and was always willing to encourage and invest in those who had goals to improve their lives.
Gerald loved his family and his country passionately and believed that everyone should get involved. He did his best to encourage and educate people on issues going on in today’s world. There was never a question as to where Gerald stood with politics. Gerald was a freedom fighter and a true patriot.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jon.
Memorial services were held November 17, 2012 at The Journey at First Baptist.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Journey at First Baptist Elevator Fund in care of Grant Mortuary. ❖
Dean Walck, 87, passed away November 8, 2012 at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.
He was born June 23, 1925, in Collbran, Colo., to Cecil and Harriet (Long) Walck. Dean spent his childhood in Collbran, Colo., and graduated high school there as well. He joined the Marines during World War II, returning to Collbran, Colo., when his tour was over. Dean married his wife, Roylee, in Collbran, Colo., on May 12, 1946.
Dean has been a resident of Grand Junction, Colo., for the passed 13 years. He was a member of the CCA, Masons, and the Collbran Congregation Church. His special interests included ranching, livestock, traveling, photography, and history.
He is survived by his sons, Joel (Jenell) Walck, Hesperus, Colo., Dan (Katy) Walck, Gunnison, Colo., Bill (Doris) Walck, Grand Junction, Colo.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his companion, Sylvia Spangler; and her extended family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Roylee.
Memorial services were held November, 12, 2012, at the Collbran Rodeo Grounds.
Interment followed at the Eagalite Cemetery in Collbran, Colo. ❖
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