Obituaries – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:59:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Billy Ray Eaves http://www.pagosasun.com/billy-ray-eaves/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:22 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195925 Billy Ray Eaves went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 9. A resident of Pagosa Springs for 47 years, he co-owned the Rainbow Gift Shop with his wife, Brenda. Bill’s burial and celebration of life took place on Jan. 14 at Pagosa Bible Church.
Brenda, Jamie, Gene and the rest of Bill’s family extend their grateful thanks for the outpouring of love and support from the community.

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Tom Kramer http://www.pagosasun.com/tom-kramer/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:09 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195928 Oct. 18, 1956 to Nov. 27, 2019
Tom Kramer passed on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, with his wife, Monica, at his side.
Tom left on his new adventure to be with the Lord. He was an active member in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He believed very strongly in the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and individual liberty and justice. He helped lead a U.S. Constitution class here in Pagosa Springs.
Tom was known for his amazing adventures with his family and friends, from Alaska to here in Pagosa Springs, where he called home for the last 22 years.
Tom had a strong spirit and loved the outdoors. He was a student of Tom Brown’s survival school. He also taught karate classes.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Monica Kramer, son David, daughter Katherine, honorary son Ren Beloff and his four grandchildren.
Tom will be sincerely missed by family and friends.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Dana Lee Anderson (Bracken) http://www.pagosasun.com/dana-lee-anderson-bracken/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:56 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195413 Dana Lee passed away on Jan. 4, after years of struggle against rheumatoid arthritis and other related autoimmune disorders. Dana was born in Delta, Utah, on Oct. 31, 1962, to Richard Austin Bracken and Lois Jean Fowles Bracken. Her childhood was spent in Delta, Hiawatha and Price, Utah. She completed her general education in Price and upon graduation was employed by Commercial Testing Laboratories as a technician running environmental samples.
In 1990, she married Charles V. Anderson and they soon moved to Pagosa Springs, Colo. Living in Colorado was her childhood dream. In Pagosa Springs, she worked for Ponderosa Lumber in the paint department until late 2003, when she attended San Juan Basin Technical College and achieved her nursing certificate. She then was employed at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center for several years and also in the clinic at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center until the arthritis made it impossible to continue. That was the work she loved. Dana was a free spirit who helped others any way she could.
She is survived by her husband, Charles V. (Chuck) Anderson; her son, Jason (wife Nancy), and their sons, Ethan and Anderson; her son, Bryon, and his daughter, Harlee. Also her mother, Lois Jean Bracken; and Dana’s four brothers: Richard (Diana), Jeffery, Michael (Shauna), and Vince (Andrea) Bracken; and all their children.
She will be dearly missed by all who are left behind to mourn her early passing.

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Alan Wayne Farrow http://www.pagosasun.com/alan-wayne-farrow/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:55 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195416 Alan Wayne Farrow was gently and unexpectedly ushered into the arms of his loving Heavenly Father on Jan. 7. He was 70 years old.
Alan was born on May 25, 1949, in Durango, Colo., to Wayne and Betty Farrow, of Chimney Rock, Colo. He attended, terrorized and graduated from the Pagosa Springs school district, the same school from which his father before and his children after also graduated. After high school, he pursued a biology degree — but really just wanted to pursue riding saddle broncs — at Northeastern Junior College. There, he met his lifelong partner, Joyce Klawonn. His friends later commented that he back-flipped off the couch when she agreed to their first date. Joyce and Alan were married on Dec. 18, 1971, in Cheyenne, Wyo. Their family was complete with the arrival of their two daughters, Mindy and Tracey.
Alan’s dream was to follow in his dad’s footsteps as a rancher. And that’s exactly what he did. He ran his own ranch and managed several others before settling on the beautiful 4-Mile Ranch in Pagosa Springs, where he stayed for 30 years until his retirement. His day job included riding horses, scouring the hills for missing cows, and checking fences and ditches. Oddly enough, he spent his free time doing much of the same thing — riding horses, scouring the hills for missing cows, and checking fences and ditches. He loved what he did. He also enjoyed camping and fishing via horseback near streams and lakes in the very mountains he called home.
Alan treasured time with his family and friends. He loved cheering the Pagosa Pirate basketball teams to victory, grabbing a meal with friends at Kip’s, exploring 4WD trails near Silverton and yearly rodeo trips. His greatest joy came from his five grandkids. He was even willing to spend months away from his beautiful mountains to visit them in Texas.
Alan was met at the pearly gates by his dad — who likely handed him the reins of a horse he could once again ride — and his mom — with a homemade apple pie. He will be forever missed here on earth by his sister, Marla Ebarb (Paul), of New Caney, Texas; wife Joyce Farrow, of Pagosa Springs; daughter Mindy Potter (Erik) and children Cole and Clairey, of Cedar Park, Texas; daughter Tracey Mosher (Mike) and children Sadie, Adelle and Marcus, of Frisco, Texas; honorary son Wes Lewis (Marcie) and children Taylor and Colt, of Pagosa Springs, Colo.
A memorial was held on Jan. 12. Joyce and her family wish to thank the community for their outpouring of love. We are overwhelmed with gratitude.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Joyce Farrow, P.O. Box 817, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Donations will be used for youth summer basketball programs in Alan’s name.

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Lucas Joe Martinez http://www.pagosasun.com/lucas-joe-martinez/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195419 Lucas Joe Martinez passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 1 surrounded by family at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Colo. Lucas was born Sept. 13, 1949, in Trujillo, Colo., to Corina and Porfirio Martinez.
Lucas spent his early childhood years sheepherding in the meadows and dry land farming areas of his beloved Valle Seco and Archuleta County. He served in the Vietnam War in 1969 and 1970. Upon return from Vietnam, he moved to the towns of Silverthorne, Kremmling and Craig in northern Colorado, where he worked as a welder and master mechanic on various projects, including the Eisenhower Tunnel. Later, he moved to New Mexico, where he worked for the Navajo and San Juan coal mines. In his last years, Lucas was blessed with the ability to return to his beloved Pagosa Springs and Trujillo, where he would live out the remainder of his life camping, fishing, building “things” and doing what he loved most — spending time with friends and family.
Lucas was an active member of the community involved in helping the Knights of Columbus, the Guadalupanas, Veterans for Veterans, Healing American Heroes, the Catholic Church, Senior Citizens and countless other organizations. Lucas was kind, generous, grateful and considerate. He expected nothing in return. Lucas’ faith in God sustained him in the darkest hours of his life in Vietnam and the PTSD that would follow; through his quadruple heart by-pass surgery; and through the loss of his beloved friend, Father John Bowe. Lucas drove Father John’s truck with pride and then donated it to the church to be raffled in a fundraiser.
Lucas is preceded in death by his parents, Porfirio and Corina Martinez, and by his older sister, Lucille Lynch.
He is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Jeff); grandson Samuel; daughter Lori; granddaughter Lily; seven siblings: Mary (Leo); Sevedeo (Maryann); Rafelita; Leo (Jennie); Frank (Lorraine); Patricia (Gerald); and his baby sister, Annette (Leonard); countless nieces, nephews and cousins.
As a veteran and active member of the Catholic family in Pagosa Springs, a viewing and rosary was held in his honor at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and funeral Mass at Pope John Paul II Catholic Church in Pagosa Springs, Colo. As a veteran, Lucas was interred at the Trujillo Cemetery with military honors.
A memorial email has been set up for friends and family to share stories about Lucas. You are encouraged to share your favorite stories and memories of Lucas via email to lucaslovedme@gmail.com.

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Alan Farrow http://www.pagosasun.com/alan-farrow/ Fri, 10 Jan 2020 17:24:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194735 Alan Wayne Farrow was gently and unexpectedly ushered into the arms of his loving Heavenly Father on January 7th, 2020. He was 70 years old.
Alan was born on May 25, 1949 in Durango, Colorado to Wayne and Betty Farrow of Chimney Rock Colorado. He attended, terrorized, and graduated from the Pagosa Springs School District, the same school from which his father before and his children after also graduated. After high school, he pursued a biology degree – but really just wanted to pursue riding saddle broncs – at Northeastern Junior College. There, he met his life-long partner, Joyce Klawonn. His friends later commented that he back flipped off the couch when she agreed to their first date. Joyce and Alan were married on December 18, 1971 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Their family was complete with the arrival of their two daughters, Mindy and Tracey.
Alan’s dream was to follow in his dad’s footsteps as a rancher. And that’s exactly what he did. He ran his own ranch and managed several others before settling on the beautiful 4-Mile Ranch in Pagosa Springs where he stayed for 30 years until his retirement. His day job included riding horses, scouring the hills for missing cows, and checking fences and ditches. Oddly enough, he spent his free time doing much of the same thing–riding horses, scouring the hills for missing cows, and checking fences and ditches. He loved what he did. He also enjoyed camping and fishing via horseback near streams and lakes in the very mountains he called home.
Alan treasured time with his family and friends. He loved cheering the Pagosa Pirate basketball teams to victory, grabbing a meal with friends at Kips, exploring 4WD trails near Silverton, and yearly rodeo trips. His greatest joy came from his five grandkids. He was even willing to spend months away from his beautiful mountains to visit them in Texas!
Alan was met at the pearly gates by his dad – who likely handed him the reins of a horse he could once again ride – and his mom – with a homemade apple pie. He will be forever missed here on earth by his sister, Marla Ebarb (Paul) of New Caney, TX; wife, Joyce Farrow of Pagosa Springs; daughter Mindy Potter (Erik) and children Cole and Clairey of Cedar Park, TX; daughter Tracey Mosher (Mike) and children Sadie, Adelle, and Marcus of Frisco, TX; honorary son Wes Lewis (Marcie) and children Taylor and Colt of Pagosa Springs, CO.
A memorial service will be held on January 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd., Pagosa Springs Colo. Joyce and her family wish to thank the community for their outpouring of love. We are overwhelmed with gratitude!

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Bonnie ‘Birdie’ Hoover http://www.pagosasun.com/bonnie-birdie-hoover/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194560 Bonnie Langford Hoover, 89, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., passed away peacefully on Jan. 1.
A winner of 14 Pagosa Pines Golf Course Clubhouse championships, she chose New Year’s Day to finally join her late husband, Earl Hoover, on the golf course. A 5 p.m. cocktail was surely shared with her late son, Jack Cammack, as well. Bonnie loved to entertain and was known to host elaborate cocktail and dinner parties. She was a gracious hostess, an eager listener, and generous with her time and attention.
She passed her love of all things green and flowering on to her daughter-in-law, Mary Helen Cammack, and granddaughters-in-law, Codye Cammack and Laurel Cammack.
To her son, David Cammack, and grandsons, Jake Cammack, and Dan Cammack, she gave her love of wildlife as well as early morning duck and goose hunts in the freezing cold.
Bonnie loved sports and was a proud supporter of the Pagosa Pirates. For many years, she could be spotted in her Suburban, parked near the end-zone, honking her horn for the Pirates.
In addition to the Cammack family, she is survived by Earl Hoover’s three children, Barbara Hoover, John Hoover and Anne Ducharme-Jones.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Pagosa Springs Pirate Athletic Booster Club, Attention: Al Wylie, treasurer, P.O. Box 5103, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.
There will be no memorial service, however, a private family golf tournament is planned when the grass turns green.

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Jacquelyn Mae (Kern) Schick http://www.pagosasun.com/jacquelyn-mae-kern-schick/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:29 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194554 Jacquelyn Mae (Kern) Schick passed away on Dec. 29, 2019, at the age of 90 at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center surrounded by loved ones.
Jackie was born to George and Ida (Bernd) Kern on May 15, 1929, in Platteville, Colo. She graduated from Keenesburg, Colorado High School and Barnes Business College. She is a fourth-generation Coloradoan. On Oct. 1, 1950, Jackie married Eugene Schick. They moved to Pagosa Springs in February 1955 after buying Sunset Cabins.
Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, and her parents, George and Ida Kern.
She is survived by her son, Greg (Dena), of Pagosa Springs; daughter Kathy (Tom, deceased), of Southport, N.C.; grandsons Brad (Erica), of Arvada, Colo; Matt (Amanda), of Pagosa Springs; great-granddaughters Emma, Clara, Jacquelyn and Macy. She is also survived by two sisters: Georgene Abbott, of Keenesburg, Colo., and Sevella Geilert, of Lakewood, Colo.; seven step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-granddaughter; and various nieces and nephews.
She touched the lives of many as the town clerk of Pagosa Springs for 40 years. She received the Presidential Award for her service to the Town of Pagosa Springs. Jackie was a lifelong member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron. She taught Sunday school at the Methodist Church for many years. After retirement in 2003, she volunteered at the Methodist Thrift Store; Pagosa Chamber of Commerce, where she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Pagosa Springs Senior Center, where she served as president of the board.
Jackie was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend in both Colorado and North Carolina. She loved her family, life and traveling. She and Gene were proud to say they visited all 50 states. She continued to travel after his death. She was quick to extend hospitality and fed her grandsons’ basketball teams many times over the years. She was known for her sweet smile, easy laugh and getting along with everyone. She will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life to honor her wonderful life will be held over Memorial Day weekend in May. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to the Schick Family Scholarship that provides scholarships to Pagosa Springs High School seniors. Contributions can be mailed to Amanda Schick, Box 265, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.
The family would like to thank the staff at Pine Ridge for their loving care of Jackie for her last year.

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John Henry Bodde http://www.pagosasun.com/john-henry-bodde/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:21 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194551 John Henry Bodde, born July 16, 1930, passed away peacefully on Dec. 17, 2019, at the age of 87 at his home in Pagosa Springs, Colo. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy; one daughter, Doretta (Dennis) Ward, of Colorado; five sons: Matthew Bodde, of California, Vince (Brenda) Bodde, of Michigan, William (Julie) Bodde, of Massachusetts, Tim (Susie) Bodde, of Missouri, George (Peggy) Bodde, of Colorado; three sisters: Mary Katherine (Bill) Duncan, Jerry (Clement) Sullivan, Bea (Joe) Rafanelli; and 10 grandchildren: Sara (Roman) Hechi, Greg Bodde, Ben (Caroline) Bodde, Richard Ward, Jacob Bodde, Max Bodde, Devon Bodde, Samantha Bodde, Henry Bodde and Lucy Bodde. He also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews and in-laws. John was preceded in death by parents Henry and Mary Bodde and sister Lillian Bodde.
John was born in Valley Falls, Kan. He became a Navy pilot and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in business. John retired from his job as a contract manager for a U.S. defense contractor and then spent many happy years on a lake house in Jackson, Mich., that he and Dorothy built. He was an avid runner and loved building and flying remote control planes. John also built and piloted an ultralight aircraft. He and Dorothy fell in love with Pagosa Springs while on a tour of the West and began spending winters in Pagosa because of their love of cross-country skiing. They became full-time residents of Pagosa in 2012. John made valued friendships within the High Country RC Club and spent time every week on the flying field. He also rode his bike daily until his battle with cancer prevented him from doing so. John will always be remembered for his storytelling and sense of humor, traits that continue to live on through his children.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary/Pope John Paul II Church, 353 S. Pagosa Blvd., Pagosa Springs, with Father Jim Koenigsfeld officiating. The family will receive friends immediately prior to the Mass, and a private inurnment will occur in the Columbarium Garden at the church following the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s name can be made to Pope John Paul II Church.

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Claude Edward Tuller http://www.pagosasun.com/claude-edward-tuller/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:19 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194557 Sept. 7, 1943-Jan. 3
A gentle giant of a man passed away this last week. Claude was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2018 and fought for as long as he could, better than most and longer than expected. Claude didn’t lose the battle — we never knew him to quit a job or give up — rather, his job here was done and he gracefully retired.
To sum up the life of a man in mere words can never fully express the essence of who he was. It does, however, give a glimpse into the heart and spirit of a life well-lived. Claude left a legacy, lessons and humor that will continue to guide and motivate us for years to come. The world will be a little quieter without his sharp wit and snappy jokes. Without a doubt, every time we play one of his favorite games, we’ll laugh and remember how he would win most often.
Claude was born in Fresno, Calif., on Sept. 7, 1943, to Norman Earl and Emma (Benzler) Tuller. His parents were divorced when he was 5 and Claude was raised by his mom and stepdad, Jake Martin. Jake was an important influence in Claude’s life, as was his oldest brother, Richard. Claude gave credit to these two for being instrumental in developing his moral code by which he lived his life and raised his children.
Claude served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1970 as Air Policeman, SSgt. Upon his honorable discharge, he went to work for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, where he worked up through the ranks to homicide detective, and finally county coroner. After a distinguished career of 30 years, he retired from the force in 1999. Upon moving to Pagosa Springs, Colo., in 2005, he volunteered with the Colorado Mounted Rangers, and was a seasonal “Fish Cop” (our term) for the PLPOA.
Claude was a good man — powerful, courageous, honest and one of the humblest people you’d meet. He showed sincere concern for others in his work, took joy and pride in his children and grandchildren, and had a strong sense of morality. He loved the ranch he and his wife, Toni, built in Pagosa, and together they founded Eagle’s Nest Youth Ranch on their property to minister to at-risk youth. His gentle demeanor, quick humor and thoughtfulness endeared him to children and parents alike.
Claude was married to Margaret (Peggy) Williams (d. 1995) from 1966-1982 and together they raised four sons. In 1986, Claude married Kathleen (Toni) Hinton and together they raised six children.
Claude was preceded in death by his first son, Jonathon (d. 1994), and siblings (spouses in parenthesis): Shirley, Norma Carlos (George), Richard (Sharon), Leroy (Patricia), Dennis and Gary Martin (Christine). He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Toni); his children and their spouses: Kevin (Lori), Keith (Christine), Jason, Shane (Ellen), Charlene, Christian, Quanisha McCullough (Jordan), Jessie and Bobby. Claude is survived by his grandchildren: Chad (Jennifer), Sophia, Ryan, James, Emma, Theo, Racheal, Desiree, Isabella, Dylan, Kolby, Kyson, Zaina and Jasmine. Claude is also survived by his siblings: Helen, Leona Bellar, Jackie Lindgren (Rick), Marshall (Louise), Steven (Sandy) and Larry (Ruby).
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12, at Restoration Fellowship Church in Pagosa Springs, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to someone you know who is fighting cancer.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many wonderful people who have prayed, encouraged and supported us through this difficult time. There are too many to list — you know who you are and you have shown us the love of God. A special thank you also to the staff at Pagosa Springs Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and the Hospice nurses at Centura Health.

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