Lifelong Durango resident Ronald Warren Pettigrew passed away on January 26, 2017 surrounded by his family at St. Anthony's Hospital in Lakewood. He was 68 years old.|
Ron was born on September 19, 1948 at the old Mercy Hospital to Keith and Lorraine Pettigrew. As a boy he loved being out in nature. Some of his favorite childhood memories were times he spent with his granddad Jerome Floyd on his farm in Cortez. Ron graduated from Durango High School in 1966. After that he went on to Fort Lewis College where he graduated with a double major in biology and chemistry. In 1974 he married Janet Lynn Siegrist in Brighton, CO.
After college, Ron went to work for the in-laws at Burnett Construction Company. It was here that he found an extended family that he cared for very deeply. Through the construction company he was able to give back to his community by donating to Habitat for Humanity and numerous other organizations. Ron was also a member of the 9-R school board, and the State Agriculture Board.
Ron retired in the early 2000s but certainly didn't slow down. He could be found from sunup to sundown tending to his vegetable garden with his faithful farm dog Maggie. When he wasn't in the garden Ron loved baking bread, discussing a great book he'd read, debating current events, or just watching a funny movie with his family.
Ron is survived by his wife of 43 years Janet, his children Jennifer & Brian Glover of Gig Harbor, WA, and Jacob Pettigrew of Durango, his sister and brother-in-law Diane and Vaun Allen of Magdalena, NM, brother and sister-in-law John and Karyn Siegrist of Durango, nephews Jack and Will (Ashleigh) Siegrist and a great-niece all of Durango.
Since Ron loved being outside, the family is waiting until late spring to have a garden party in his honor. For more information, please contact Jen at 253-858-2187.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a local animal rescue.
Published in The Durango Herald on Feb. 6, 2017