Western Slope Obituaries 4-26-10
Merle Douglas “Bud” Motz, 88, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away Feb. 28, 2010 after a short illness.
He was born Jan. 29, 1922 in Grand Junction, Colo., to Clem and Anna Motz, who raised Bud and his older sister, Marguerite, on the Central Orchard Mesa farm they homesteaded.
On April 24, 1943, Bud married Joan Leeper, and the couple raised five daughters. After Clem’s death, Bud took over the farm, growing and shipping peaches under his own Blue Bird label for many years. In addition to farming, Bud worked for the Bureau of Land Management from 1955 until 1985 and served on the Ute Water Board from 1950 until 1985.
Bud lived all of his life in the Grand Valley until 2008, when he and Joan moved to Colorado Springs to be closer to their children.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; his five daughters and their spouses, Janet Motz, Myrna and Lee Kennedy, Lois and John Fenker, Eulee Motz, and Beverly and B.J. Fett; a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Brian and Jenny Kennedy; three granddaughters, Amy Kennedy, Kyla Motz, and Brianna Fett, and three great-grandchildren, Will Melito, Kate Kennedy and Jack Kennedy.
Services were held April 24, 2010 at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Four Mustangs and Burros, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, Nev. 89520-0006, Attn: Business Manager.
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