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Cavanaugh, Michael Patrick  
Michael Patrick Cavanaugh , 66, of Bayfield, Colorado, died 1/7/2017 with his lovely wife and son at his side . Born 10/16/1950. To see a full obituary please visit Hoodmortuary.com Service will be held at a later date.
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Published in The Durango Herald on Jan. 12, 2017
Darmour, Beverly Fitzsimmons Neal  
Beverly Fitzsimmons Neal Darmour , 92, of Durango, died 1/9/2017 at home surrounded by family . Born 3/24/1924. Beverly is survived by her children: Maureen Neal, Tina Lam, and Fitz Neal; a sister: Donna Steinkellner; grandson: Gabe Lamb and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her former spouses: Tommy Neal, and Myron Darmour. A complete obituary will follow. A service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Durango.
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Published in The Durango Herald on Jan. 12, 2017
Harvey, John C.  
John C. Harvey, 87, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away on January 3, 2017 after an extended illness. John was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 9, 1929. He graduated from Santa Fe High School and received a Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University in Civil Engineering. He married Elouise Dayton in 1950 and together they had four children. He later married Adeline Ware in 1988. After graduation from college, John was employed with the New Mexico Highway Department for several years then worked for Eberline Instruments for a number of years as a purchasing agent. In 1968 he opened the KOA Campground in Taos, New Mexico then in 1972 bought the Ponderosa KOA Campground in Durango, Colorado, which he operated for 25 years. He loved to boat and fish, travelled extensively and was an avid ham radio operator throughout his life. He was also a 33rd degree Mason. John is survived by his wife Adeline W. Harvey, his children James Harvey II, Mary Alberts and Anne Capps, his grandchildren, Michelle Gardner, Julia Denzer, Aaron Harvey, Joe Harvey, Lauryn Capps and Megan Capps, and his great-grand daughter Oliva Denzer. He is preceded in death by his father James Harvey, his mother Gladys Harvey and his daughter Lori Avalos. A memorial service will be held at a future date to be announced.
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Published in The Durango Herald on Jan. 16, 2017
Hayes, Donald  
Donald B. Hayes - A man to remember. In the eloquent words of one of his granddaughters, "The world lost a true gentleman on January 9th. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather - Don Hayes, 85, was a generous, kind-hearted, witty, loving and unbelievably intelligent individual. Dapper and debonair, Pinochle fiend, and crossword savant. A classy rascal loved by so many." Don was a native of Chicago and the first in his family to graduate from college, which he credits to the G.I. bill following service in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Don and Judy lived in several states throughout their marriage, deciding to settle in Durango in 2005 for their retirement because of the vibrant art community and the many activities that are part of the fabric of the town. Don was an active member of both the Art Center and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Don also enjoyed golf, fly fishing with his sons and grandsons and cooking with family and friends. His sense of humor and whit endeared him to many. In his last month of life, he lifted the spirits of those who had come to say their farewells, relating how grateful he had been blessed with good health, a rewarding and successful career and his marriage to Judy. He viewed the end of his life with equanimity and a generosity of spirit that was truly inspiring. Don is survived by his wife, 7 children, 14 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren - all whom will miss him dearly. A memorial service is being planned for later this spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Durango Art Center would be greatly appreciated.
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Published in The Durango Herald on Jan. 19, 2017
Marbury, Corine  
Corine Marbury, 97, moved from life to glory on December 28, 2016. She celebrates her homecoming with her parents Henry Lester Smith and Vera Miles Smith: brothers R.A. Smith, Henry Lester Smith, Jr.: sisters Lacel Smith, Macel Smith, Peggy Rutledge, Ernestine Fountain, Stella Stearns, and husband, Mack L. Marbury. Corine's life began June 26, 1919 on a farm in Leggett, Texas. After the death of first born twins, the remaining seven Smith sisters and brothers became "The Lucky Seven"; Corine was #3. Her early years included surviving the Great Depression, picking cotton with her siblings, and riding a horse to school. Her parents instilled in their children a love of Christ, respect for elders, a strong work ethic, and the importance of relationships. Corine graduated from Leggett High School in 1937 as the president of her class. She moved to Houston and married Mack in 1940. During World War II, she faithfully followed Mack to Army assignments until his discharge in 1945. They purchased a Heights bungalow and began a family. In a span of five years, Sweetie, Bubba, and Debbie were born. In 1953, the family outgrew the Heights homestead and moved "to the country" where she lived for the next 63 years. The neighborhood was soon annexed into Houston. Although it became a part of the big city, the inhabitants of the three quaint streets maintained the idyllic life and charm of a small community and many long lived relationships were formed. The Marburys were one of the first families in the neighborhood. Corine and Mack labored to ensure deed restrictions were enforced long before homeowners associations were established. Corine delighted in the role of Motherhood and worked tirelessly in her children's school activities. She served in the Parent Teacher's Association and was the first president when Sinclair Elementary School opened in 1959. Corine participated in numerous political campaigns and enjoyed "working the polls" at the local election location. Corine joined Third Baptist Church in the 1940's and remained an active member until its closure in 2012. Corine cherished relationships with family and friends. Throughout her life, she has been remembered and recognized for her kind and thoughtful deeds to others. Never were those relationships more important than during the last seven years. "Friends of Corine" visited, called, sent cards, and kept in touch with her after her health declined. During her final years, she was in good spirits, enjoyed visitors, and was grateful to remain in her home. Corine is survived by her sister Sherry Smith, #7, Lyford, Texas; children Sweetie Marbury, Durango, Colorado, Bubba Marbury, Houston, Texas; Debbie Norris and husband Steve Norris, Pearland, Texas; grandson Dru English and wife Crystal; great grandchildren Presley and Parker English, Durango, Colorado; granddaughter Erin Norris; great granddaughter Vera Norris, Portland, Oregon; numerous nieces and nephews and the Friends of Corine. The Marbury family is grateful to Nida Borde for her devotion and compassionate care for our Mother and to Martina Guerra, long term special assistant, and to Pearl Robinson, caregiver. In lieu of flowers, The Marbury family encourages the reader to spend special time with an elder person. Donations may be sent to InterFaith CarePartners, 701 N. Post Oak Rd., Ste. 330, Houston, Texas 77024-3884. Service was held December 31, 2016, 1:00 pm at Pat H. Foley Houston Texas with burial at Historic Hollywood Cemetery, Houston, Texas.
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Published in The Durango Herald on Jan. 13, 2017
McClendon, Phillip  
Phillip McClendon , 78, of Durango, died 12/22/2016 Durango . Born 7/16/1938. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; 4 daughters: Dawn Cantrell, Robin Bays, Sharon McClendon, and Rhonda Griggs; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rockie. Phil suffered from Parkinson's Disease. A service will be held at Calvary Presbyterian Church of Pine River, Bayfield, CO at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017.
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Published in The Durango Herald on Jan. 12, 2017
Robb, Eleanor J. (Hogan)  
Eleanor J. (Hogan) Robb died peacefully in her Fort Collins, Colorado home on January 16, 2017, in the company of loving family members, both present and in spirit. Age 93, she suffered from congestive heart failure prior to her death, but retained her strong, independent, and determined spirit up until her very last hours. Eleanor was born in Durango, Colorado on March 23, 1923 as the fifth child of Charles and Georgie Hogan, founders of Main Avenue's long-lived Hogan's Store. Growing up in the mountain outdoors, Eleanor graduated from Durango High School in 1940, and married her high school sweetheart William (Bill) Robb in 1946, after he returned safely from U.S. Air Force service in WWII. Following a brief stint in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Bill earned an architectural degree at MIT, and another at Colorado University in Boulder, the couple settled in Ft. Collins to raise a family of six children and build an award-winning architectural firm, where Eleanor was fondly known as the "Founding Mother." Active in St. Joseph Catholic Church, various bridge groups, and organizations like P.E.O. and Girl Scouts, Eleanor invested the best of her essence into her family. Known for her expert bread and roll baking, keen financial sense, lively humor and unparalleled ability (as one son-in-law put it) to "direct traffic," Eleanor remained a strong presence in her children's lives long into their adulthood. After the death of her husband in 1999, she rebuilt a life that included a growing clan of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and such joys as the morning newspaper, a Grand Slam in bridge, any kind of social gathering, and an abiding Catholic faith. When such a dynamic presence is gone from the world, it leaves a void, and yet those she left behind need only look around - at each other - to find her once again. Survivors include brother G. Michael (Mickey) Hogan, and sister-in-law Betty Gale Hogan, of Durango; son Bruce Robb of Houston; daughter Susan (and husband Dave) Dobkins of Cortez, Colorado; daughter Chris (and husband Gary) Goold of Durango; daughters Cindi Monroe, and Pam (and husband Dan)Downing of Fort Collins, Colorado; and daughter Joanne (and husband Tom) Staats of Brookline, Vermont; as well as ¬¬11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a large band of nieces, nephews and their offspring. A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Collins, Colorado on January 27 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to: Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526 (phone, 970-663-3500).
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Published in The Durango Herald on Jan. 18, 2017
Teets, Anthony Robert "Tony"  
Anthony Robert Teets, 76, of Durango, CO entered the arms of our Lord on January 9, 2017, following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife, close friends and family at Four Corners Health Care. Tony was born in Minnesota on September 16, 1940 to the late Robert I Teets & Maxine Teets. From Minnesota, the young family relocated to Orange, CA where Tony attended Orange public schools. After graduating from Orange High School in 1958, Tony entered the United States Navy as a Navy Seaman. Tony married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Jean Eash. Sandy predeceased Tony in 2005. He is survived by his son, Anthony Roberts Jr. (Lisa) and their children, Kathryn, Caroline and Hobart. He is also survived by his daughter, Robin Gail Teets. Tony married Lorene Sue Bishop on July 29, 1995 who he is survived by, as well as her son Joshua (Gabriela) and their children Ian and Sofia. Tony was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed playing football for the Orange High varsity team, the Panthers. He then became active in powerlifting and won the National Title for Powerlifting, Master's Division, USPF, Irving, TX in 1987. Among his other interests, Tony enjoyed driving his father's Classic 1964 Ranchero, riding his Harley, playing Cribbage, reading, and "lifting" with his personal trainer & friend, Don Roberts. Tony enjoyed watching films and rescuing animals of all types, including an eagle. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Bishop and two cats, Sooty & Whittemore. Whittemore enjoyed residing with his dad at Sunshine Gardens Assisted Living & was Tony's constant companion. The family would like to especially thank Tony's trainer, Don Roberts who continued working with Tony for strength and mobility long after his Parkinson's diagnosis. Don managed Tony's workouts at his gym, Fitness Solutions 24/7 and at the various assisted living and rehab facilities Tony resided in. The gym was a second home to Tony. He was known as the Gentle Giant. Big T had a sweet and generous personality offering hugs and handshakes to all he encountered. Mr. Teets enjoyed a life-long career with Pacific Bell/AT&T. His career spanned 30 plus years, and included time in the field as well as time as a Loop-Electronic Digital Engineer. After retiring in 2000, Tony served as a Contractor and Consultant. Tony followed his Orange, CA grade school best buddy, Jon Pomeroy, to Durango in 2002. Jon designed Tony's retirement home on the Florida River where they were neighbors and enjoyed casting lines, watching the wildlife and tending gardens. Tony enjoyed moving his irrigation equipment throughout the summer months and watching his crops grow. A Celebration of Life & Remembrance will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church - 2917 Aspen Dr., Durango, CO. A reception will be held at the Doubletree Hotel immediately following the service. The family requests that any memorial contributions for Tony be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Disease Foundation or to the La Plata County Humane Society.
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