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Austin Lyn Blake


Austin Lyn Blake of Rock Springs, Wyo., died April 8, 2001, at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 18.

On June 18, 1982, in Rock Springs, he was born the son of Kirk and Donna (Martin) Blake. He was raised and attended school in Rock Springs and at the time of his death he was a student at Rock Springs High School.

He is survived by his parents; brother, Cody and fiancee (Makenzie Slatcher of Mesa, Ariz.); grandmother, Olive Dean Blake of Hayden and Lucille Theis of Craig; uncles, Steve (Holly) Blake of Denver and Steve (Cindy) Martin of Craig; aunts, Denise (Dennis) Jones of Craig,and Sandra (Jerry) Owens of Holyoke and numerous other relatives.

Services were held Thursday, April 12, 2001, at Hayden Congregational Church officiated by Gay Albers. Organist was Avis Funk. Selection “Earthbound” was by Cody Blake and Adam Alexander.

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Pallbearers were Jesse Martin, Adam Alexander, Pat Kiernan, Brandon Martin, Mike Springer and Carlo Harryman. Burial was at the Hayden Cemetery.

Feliciano Gomez


Feliciano Gomez former resident of Craig, died Wed., April 4, 2001, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. N.M. He was 81.

On May 17, 1919, in Dulee, he was born the son of Pedro Antonio and Gregorita Maria (Ulibarri) Gomez. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to entering the US Army in World War II, where he was a member of the 246th Coast Artillery Battalion, and attained the rank of Corporal. Among his citations and decorations were the American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He served as a communications lineman while in the service.

On Oct. 8, 1944, in Craig, he married Benita Valdez. She preceded him in death in 1998.

After service he worked in Craig for the City Electric Department, and later worked for the City of Farmington until his retirement as a line foreman. He was an active member in his church and the Knights of Columbus and the Legion of Mary.

He is survived by his sons, Kenneth (Lynette), Victor (Debra), Lawrence, and Dale Gomez all of Bloomfield, Mike of Taos, and James (Jeanette) Gomez of Pagosa Springs; daughters, Rita Whitt of Quebec, Canada and Marietta (Mickey) Blount of Kirtland; brothers, Eloy, Gilbert, Max and Atanacio Gomez; grandchildren, Josephine, Jean-Charles and Jean d’Arc Whitt; Deanna, Darrell, Melinda, Michelle and Robert Gomez, Janissa Short, Michael, Mark and Maria Blount and six great grandchildren.

A rosary was said Fri., April 6, 2001, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomfield. Mass of Christian Burial was held Sat., April 7, 2001, with Father Dan Daley as celebrant. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Bloomfield. MIlitary graveside honors was provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2182.

Pallbearers were Robert, Frank, Gilbert and Eloy Anthony Gomez, and Ed and Pat Lohman. Honorary pallbearers were Pete Marquez, Ray Provencio, Bruno Giovanini, Milton Archuleta, Jose E. Serna, F.G. Lohman, Jose Florez and Chris Lohman.

Kathleen M. Roberts

1908 – 2001

Kathleen M. Roberts of Craig, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Valley View Manor. She was 92.

On Aug. 18, 1908, in Leadville, she was born the daughter of John and Jane (Flynn) Mangan. She lived and attended school in Leadville graduating from high school there. She attended Loretto Heights College in Denver, where she received her teaching degree. She was a school teacher in Maybell and later in Craig where she taught for 25 years.

On Aug. 8, 1931, in Raton, N.M., she married Charles A. Roberts. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society.

Roberts is survived by her daughter, Jane Lewis of Craig; grandchildren, Jill Counts, Tim and Todd Hampton and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, Marguarette, Marie and Jeanette, and brother, John.

Services were held Wednesday, April 4, 2001, with Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael Church with Celebrant Fr. Roger Lascelle.

Pallbearers were Todd Hampton, Wayne Counts, Tim Hampton and Dan Pearce. Burial was at the Craig Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Michael Church in care of Grant Mortuary.

Wayne Everett Turner


Wayne Everett Turner of Manteca, Calif., formerly of Hayden, died April 5, 2001, at the veterans hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 76.

He was born in Routt County in 1925. He spent his childhood at Williams Fork and Hayden. He graduated from Hayden Union High School. He served in the armed forces and graduated from Western State College.

Turner is survived by his companion, Lila Edison; daughters, Amy Ceochin of Knightsen, Calif., and brothers Les Turner of Grand Junction and Larry Turner of Elko, Nev.

No services were held.

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