Hugh Valden McFarland died June 1, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital after a short battle with cancer.
McFarland was born Aug. 6, 1939, at the family ranch on Big Gulch to Hugh and Eunice Erickson McFarland. He attended country school until he came to town for high school. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Colorado Springs and Alabama, and served with the 5th Aviation Battalion, 5th Infantry Division.
On April 14, 1962, he and Valarie Pugh were united in marriage at First Congregational Church in Craig. He then began the career he loved most -- farming and ranching. He loved the feel of soil in his hands and had the natural talent and patience to repair anything, whether at the ranch, in his home or for the neighbors.
His daughter, Nicole Lea, was born in July 1969, and was the light of his life. His son, Casey Valden, was born in July 1973, and was his best friend.
McFarland farmed for 25 years until the agriculture business no longer supported his family the way he wanted. In 1985, with the help of two good friends, he opened Black Mountain Glass in a small, rented building and the business was a great success. He continued to build the business until he retired in 2000.
McFarland was always learning new things and had, in his lifetime, learned to fly, scuba dive and parasail. He raced snowmachines and cars and loved to fly fish. He was an accomplished woodworker, making many beautiful pieces of furniture. He loved to travel and Hawaii was his favorite place to visit.
He will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity and his sense of humor. He dearly loved his family, friends and country.
He will truly be missed by many.
McFarland is survived by his wife, Valerie; daughter, Nicole (Doug) Grubb, of Denver; son, Casey, of Craig; mother, Eunice McFarland, of Craig; grandsons Kaule and Dane, of Denver; brother-in-law, Randy Pugh, of Pueblo, Colo.; and mother-in-law, Edna Paulson, of Craig.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hugh.
Services were held June 4, 2003, at First Congregational Church with Mervin Johnson officiating. McFarland's good friend, Bruce Roman of Larkspur, Colo., gave the eulogy. Music was provided by organist Elaine DeuPree. Musical selections were by Tim Klinetobe, who sang "Big Enough" and Wanda
Brown, who sang "The Lord's Prayer."
Services concluded at the church.