Obituaries – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 05 Sep 2019 15:14:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Paul Hogue and Jack Madore Thu, 05 Sep 2019 21:00:14 +0000 A celebration of life will be held for Paul Hogue and Jack Madore on Sept. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. The celebration is open to everyone, so please join us and share your memories. Food and drink will be provided. Parking is at 130 Elk Horn Court, where a shuttle will take you to 165 Big Horn Court for the celebration.

Jack R. Madore Thu, 29 Aug 2019 21:00:46 +0000 Jack R. Madore passed away July 16 with his devoted wife, Mary, youngest daughter, Pier, and best friend Mike James by his side.
Jack was born in 1939 in Flint, Mich., to the late Jack and Bernice Madore, and spent a decade as a young man as a tool and die maker at General Motors in Flint.
He then worked at IBM in Essex Junction, Vt., as a staff engineer for 18 years, during which time he won an Outstanding Contribution Award for his design work on a piece of equipment: “Mechanization of Monolithic Array Module Assembly.” His work at both companies prepared him for his next step, the acquisition and expansion of a small engineering firm, Crow Company, in Tucson, Ariz., which he purchased in the mid 1980s and transformed into one of the premier specialty piping distribution and manufacturing companies in the southwestern United States, with locations in Tucson, Phoenix, Denver and Albuquerque. Crow Company’s innovative work and great team caught the attention of a larger group that ultimately purchased the business.
Jack was passionate about engineering and design outside of business, too. He restored, modified and built classic vehicles, custom street bikes, drag cars and roadsters, which led to many adventures and friendships. He built several houses in the Pagosa Springs area of Colorado after moving to the state in the 1990s, developed Navajo Peak Ranch in Chromo, Colo., and was instrumental in the successful start-up of Pine Ridge Extended Care.
He was also an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish — in the U.S., Canada and Africa — and served on ski patrol at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vt., teaching many a novice how to navigate a slope.
Jack is best remembered for his long-lasting and loyal friendships, his help and mentorship that he gave to many, his love for adventure, calm and amused enjoyment of all life’s idiosyncrasies, and spirited creativity. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Sally. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter Pier Sullivan (Nate) of Bloomington, Ind.; son Jack (Tucson, Ariz.); daughter Sally Leatherland (Centreville, Va.); brother-in-law Charles Dorr (Leesburg, Fla.); and three grandchildren: Max, Zachary and Taylor.
Jack’s life will be celebrated with friends and family in Colorado and Arizona at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Jack R. Madore Memorial Scholarship in Design Technology” at Ivy Tech in Bloomington, Ind.

Bruce Eugene Young Thu, 29 Aug 2019 21:00:46 +0000 Bruce Eugene Young passed away on Aug. 25 in Pagosa Springs, Colo. He was born Sept. 14, 1960, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver.
Bruce attended Lutheran High School in Denver and Golden High School. Prior to that, he proudly served as the sixth-grade debate team captain. He grew up enjoying concerts at Red Rocks. Later in life, he became the owner of a backflow company in Pagosa Springs.
In his healthier days, Bruce would spend every other summer backpacking for four to five months at a time. He believed that the best things in life are the people you love, the places you’ve seen and the memories you make along the way. Bruce described himself as a “blessed native” of the state of Colorado and really enjoyed all that the outdoors had to offer. He really learned how to “stop and smell the roses” and found great joy in the little things that really matter in life.
Following a backpacking trip along the Continental Divide Trail in 2001, Bruce stopped to pick up groceries in Pagosa Springs. He loved the town so much that he decided to make it his home. Bruce considered the community of Pagosa Springs to be his family and stated that the Lord’s will brought him here for his journey. He loved to tell people the theme song from “Cheers” is how the people of Pagosa Springs made him feel.
Diagnosed in January 2011 with colon rectal cancer, he was blessed to meet many caring souls along his journey with the disease. Cancer was a blessing for Bruce. The daily inspiration he received from his friends in Pagosa Springs kept him going for years and he in turn became a great inspiration to those who had the pleasure to know him.
Bruce loved the little things in life: a cup of coffee, the colorful flowers in his garden and his long walks around the town, where he brought smiles to many in his neon or tie-dye attire, bright blue eyes, funky sunglasses and a smile. He was definitely a “skip instead of walk” kind of guy, and that’s what made him so special. Despite his challenges, the joy these little things gave Bruce were constant reminders of God’s love for him.
Bruce was especially proud of his model railroad that he created, which won Grand Champion in the Archuleta County Fair. He had a tremendous passion for trains. In the 2017 Fourth of July parade, Bruce pedaled the entire route of the parade on a bicycle that he turned into a train — a float he built by himself. On the engine were the words, “I think I can. I think I can.” Crowds cheered him along the parade route, with many not knowing he was under the care of hospice at the time. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.
Bruce is survived by the community he loved and the community who loved him in return. He is also survived by his faithful service dog, Tellme, and his daughter, Briana Young.
“I’m going to go sliding into the end of my life yelling, ‘Whoopie!’” Bruce said. Coming from a man who rode his mobility scooter in the skate park, did donuts in the parking lot and dressed up in silly costumes for his friends at Pine Ridge to enjoy, it’s safe to say, he did just that.

Dr. Jack M. Rudd Thu, 29 Aug 2019 21:00:37 +0000 Dr. Jack M. Rudd, DDS, of Wichita, Kan., died Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Catholic Care Center in Bel Aire, Kan., at the age of 85.
Jack was born the son of Harold and Vivian (Phares) Rudd on Wednesday, May 9, 1934, in Wellington, Kan. He graduated from Wellington High School and went on to graduate from the University of Kansas. Jack then received his postgraduate degree of doctor of dental surgery from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Dr. Rudd operated a dental practice in Wellington, Kan., and later in Derby, Kan.
In 1975, Jack and Mildred R. Rudd were united in marriage in Derby, Kan. Together, they celebrated 37 years of marriage before her passing in 2012.
Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two step-daughters: Amy Hawthorne and Kathleen Loehr.
Survivors include his daughter, Lori Page and her husband, Mike, of Nappanee, Ind.; daughter Sherri Newlin and her husband, Tod, of Wichita, Kan.; step-children: Mary Fowler and her husband, Steve, of Rose Hill, Kan., Peggy Clark and her husband, Brad, of Wichita, Kan., Ann Loehr, of Hutchinson, Kan.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Ann Fogal and her husband, Les, of Clarkston, Wash. At the request of Jack, there will be no services held.
A memorial fund has been established in his memory to the Wellington Humane Society, P.O. Box 494, Wellington, Kan. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.
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Joseph ‘Joe’ Charles Silva Thu, 29 Aug 2019 21:00:05 +0000 Joseph “Joe” Charles Silva passed away quietly at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 20; he was 67.
Joe was born in Chelsea, Mass., on Aug. 27, 1951, to Manuel and Clair Silva. He was the oldest of 10 children.
Joe and Susan bought their first home in Pagosa Springs in 2002 and finally retired here in 2016. His love for Pagosa Springs was very evident in his life by “showing off the town” to family and friends at every opportunity.
Joe loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle that he bought new in 1977. He was lovingly known as “Mr. Fix It” by his family. Joe enjoyed kayaking, playing the guitar and fishing, and watching his favorite sports teams, the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies.
He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Jennifer Nelson and niece Elizabeth Jonsson.
Joe is survived by his wife, Susan; children: Josey (Todd) Later, Jeremy (Jeska) Silva and Cassie (Danny) Porter; four grandchildren: Lilly, Olivia, Ben and Weston; nine siblings: Jerry, Dan, Marie, Andy, David, Holly, Darlene, Theresa and Chris; and many nieces and nephews, as well as extended family and friends all over the country.
Interment will be at a later date in Arizona at Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens.
He was a gentle soul and will be greatly missed and remembered by all those who knew him.

Barbara Elizabeth Zappone Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:00:57 +0000 On Saturday, Aug. 10, the Lord peacefully received Barbara Elizabeth Zappone into his loving arms.
Barbara was the loving wife of David for over 50 years, devoted mother to her four children: Laura, Michael, Matthew and Phillip, and doting grandmother to her six grandchildren: Gabby, Arakel, Emily, Jason, Abby and Elias. She was also a loving sister and companion to her three remaining siblings: Ruth, Marilyn and Nancy. Barbara sat squarely at the center of her family’s collective worlds. She was always a selfless, quiet and family-focused woman from whom many lessons could be learned. For over 40 years, Barbara dedicated herself to serving others through her career as a registered nurse across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. She started her career at Flushing Nursing School in Flushing, N.Y. Always a proponent of self-improvement, Barbara went back to school to earn her bachelor’s in nursing from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., graduating with honors.
She had a number of interests such as crafting, sewing, bridge, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. Her children recall Mom and Dad making a fantastic team who strived to balanced structure with spontaneity, discipline with understanding, and temper frustration with love. Later in life, Barbara suffered from a form of Parkinson’s. True to form, she still wrote Christmas and birthday cards every year, always feeling the need to apologize for her increasingly poor penmanship. As with all challenges in her life, Barbara battled the disease which would ultimately rob her of most physical activity. Unfortunately, her recent fall led to a downward spiral from which she couldn’t recover. Still, she maintained her dry wit and sly smile to the end.
Barbara’s family celebrated Mass and her life at Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research; the website is
May God keep her in his loving embrace from now until the end of time.

Lloyd Gorrell Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:00:56 +0000 Former resident of Pagosa Springs Lloyd Gorrell, 89, passed away on Aug. 9. A memorial will be held at Prestonwood Rehab at 2460 Marsh Lane, Plano, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. A full obituary will follow.

David Lee Snyder Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:00:46 +0000 David Lee Snyder, son of John Lee Snyder (deceased) and Patricia Mae Snyder. Survived by Michael Snyder (brother) and Nicholas Snyder (nephew).
David died from a gunshot wound on July 2. His death is still under investigation by the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department.
David was born and raised in Colorado but traveled the world with enthusiasm, compassion and always some type of a musical instrument in hand. He will be missed dearly by his friends, neighbors and his immediate surviving family members. David never married and had no children.

Illa Louise Sellers Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:00:23 +0000 Illa Louise Sellers, longtime resident of Durango, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Pagosa Springs; she was 93.
“Louise” was the eldest of seven children born to August F. and Eva Reid Reinhardt on Feb. 20, 1926, in Bloomfield, N.M. She graduated from Vallejo High School in Vallejo, Calif. Louise met Rudolph Gerald “Jerry” Sellers in Vallejo, married on Sept. 4, 1944, and were sealed in the LDS Manti Temple. They had four children together. Louise was a bookkeeper and housewife for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Eva Reinhardt; brothers Carl, Gilbert and Lavern Reinhardt; sister Eva Marie Howeth; her husband, Jerry Sellers,;and daughters Donna Wilbur and Cheryl Pemberton.
Louise is survived by her two sons: Robert (Laurel) Sellers and James (Ellyn) Sellers; brother Paul (Marlene) Reinhardt; and sister, Betty (Bill) Wilkinson. She was a grandmother to 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
There will be a private family service held Saturday, Aug. 17, in Durango, with burial to follow at Greenmount Cemetery.

Millie Medina-Mestas Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:00:11 +0000 Millie Medina-Mestas passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, in Pagosa Springs, Colo. She was 47 years old.
Millie was born April 17, 1972, to Tony Medina and Sandy Medina in Cortez, Colo. She grew up in Cortez and the Four Corners area was her home. She moved to Pagosa early in her adulthood, moved away for a time, but returned to be close to her granddaughter, Kali, and son, Greg. Kali was the joy of her life and her true passion; she was also a die-hard Dallas Cowboy fan.
She is survived by her son, Greg Griswold; granddaughter Kali Griswold; parents Sandy Medina, of Cortez, and Tony Medina, of Salt Lake City, Utah; siblings Eric Garcia, Vickie Medina (Steve), Tony Medina Jr. (Dee) and Ed Garcia.
She is preceded in death by a stepfather, Filbert Gallegos, and stepmother Kathy Medina.
A rosary will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Cortez, on Friday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m. A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m., followed by interment at Cortez Cemetery.