Delmar Vance Coyner


Delmar Vance Coyner was born on Oct. 29, 1935, at home in Steamboat Springs to Elza Leo and Sadie Adeline (McBride) Coyner.

He was raised in Clark and Phippsburg and graduated from high school in Oak Creek in 1953. Following high school Delmar attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction, where he received his associate's degree in 1955. He then served three years in the U.S. Army, most of which was spent in Germany.

Delmar married Patricia L. Coon on Dec. 31, 1956, and to this union three children were born. Delmar and his family were longtime residents of Steamboat Springs, where he worked as a contractor, ran his own auto mechanic business and was a maintenance man for the Steamboat Springs school district. During this time, he was also a very patient foster dad to over seventy foster children. He and his wife moved to their home north of Craig in 1998. They had the pleasure of celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary last year.

Delmar was a 22-year member of the Steamboat Springs Fire Department and the Yampa Valley Baptist Church in Craig.

Delmar died at his home Thursday, May 3, 2007, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia "Pat" Coyner of Craig; daughter Connie Jerene (Darrell) Davis of Craig; son Dale (Judy) Coyner of Steamboat Springs; grandchildren, Sarah Dorothy Coyner, Hannah Erin Morris, Daniel Vance Coyner and Rebekah Grace Coyner; and sister Jean Muhme of Craig.

His parents, a daughter, Jeri Lynn (Coyner) Morris, and a sister Carma Caroline (Coyner) Parker preceded him in death.

A funeral service was held Thursday, May 10, 2007, at The Calvary Baptist Church in Craig with Pastor Dale Potter of the Yampa Valley Baptist Church officiating. The soloist was Dave Schaaf accompanied by Anna Schaaf. Prelude and postlude music was played by Shirley Parrish. Pallbearers were Henry Muhme, Dale Bostock, C.W. (Bill) Davis, Raymond Mosher, Jay Muhme and Terry Wattles. All are retired or active members of the Steamboat Springs Fire Department. The Fire Department Honor Guard was also present. Interment followed in the Craig Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Yampa Valley Baptist Church or Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.

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