David Lee O'Conor 1935 - 2008
David Lee O'Conor of Maybell died Saturday, June 21, at the Hayden Speedway shortly after wining a featured race. He was 73.
Dave was born Feb. 2, 1935, in Ordway to Maurice and Mary Elizabeth (Clark) O'Conor. He was raised and attended school in Ordway and Manitou Springs.
After school, Dave lived in Washington state and Nebraska.
Dave served in the Army National Guard and the US Army and was stationed in Texas, Korea and Ft. Benning, Ga.
David married Linda E. Edwards on April 3, 1961, in Ordway. They lived in Cacade, Rangely, Rifle and Craig before moving to Maybell in 1970.
Dave's lifelong occupation and hobby was being a mechanic, working on gas and diesel engines.
Everywhere he lived he was active with the volunteer fire departments, having served on the Cascade-Green Mountain Falls, Rangely, Rifle and, most recently, the Maybell Volunteer Fire Department where he had served as chief for several years. He also served on the Maybell Volunteer Ambulance.
Dave was an avid car-
racing fan and enjoyed fishing, camping and having
barbecues with his family and friends.
Dave is survived by his wife, Linda O'Conor of Maybell; his daughters, Mary Thomson and husband, Andy, of Meeker, Martha Pritchard and husband, Corey, of Craig, and Jayna Hammond and fiance, Travis Goodwin, of Craig; his grandchildren, Kyle Thomson and significant other, Carley Schrayer, Christopher Thomson, Dayla, Karrie and Jeremy Pritchard, and Annalee and Dartagnan Hammond; sister, Shirley K. Beamer and husband, Bill, of Maybell; and brother, Mickey O'Conor and wife, Nancy, of Maybell. He also is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice G. and Mary E. O'Conor, his sister, Patricia Ann Huggins, his brother, Larry Ray O'Conor, his grandson, Andrew Lee Thomson and granddaughter Angel Hammond.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 26, at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig with Dan Manley officiating. Pallbearers were Jim, Danny and Dan Tibbs, Terry Mobley, Scott Heiser and Todd Weber.
Honorary pallbearers were "all Dave's many, many friends."
Interment followed in the Maybell Cemetery with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4265.