1954 - April 16, 2008
Donald K. Pankey, a lifelong Craig resident, died April 16, 2008, at his home, located east of Craig, after a two-year fight with stage/grade 4 brain cancer.
Don was born March 10, 1954, in Craig, to Harold and Helen (Harvey) Pankey. He was raised and attended school in Craig. He graduated from Moffat County High School in 1972. After high school, he attended Colorado State University for a semester, and he then went to Texas to become a certified diving instructor.
Don later returned to Craig.
On March 29, 1985, he married Cherratina Joycene Betzner. They became parents of two boys, Christopher Logan in 1988 and Michael James in 1992. Don was a rancher and a partner in Western American Drilling, Inc.
Don was an avid sports fan and closely followed the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, and the Colorado Mammoth teams. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing.
Don is survived by his wife, Cherratina Joycene Pankey of Craig; sons Christopher Logan Pankey and Michael James Pankey of Craig; sister Cheryl and her husband Terry Tomberlin of Idaho Falls, Idaho; brother Keith and his wife Shelley Pankey of Craig.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Helen, as well as an infant sister.
A funeral service took place April 22, 2008, at the Calvary Baptist Church. Don's Uncle Norman officiated, assisted by Pastor Potter of Yampa Valley Baptist Church. His niece Christy Marsteller was the pianist. John Allen sang "Solid Rock," "Just as I am," and "A Father's Love."
Pallbearers were Justin and Kevin Pankey, Carl Clifton, Eric and Tim Tomberlin and Rex Pollan.
Honorary pallbearers were Bud Becker, DeLaine Brown, Raymond Earls, Juan Garcia, Steve Klein, Tony Maneotis, Floyd Martin, Lawrence Martin, Eugene Miller, Gary Miller, Sterling Miller, Tom Nalen, Jamie Osborne, Terry Tomberlin, Keith Pankey, Pastor Bill Peterson, Brian Schnackenberg, Rick Tift and all his many beloved friends.
Interment followed in the Craig Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association/Hospice or a college fund for his children in care of Grant Mortuary. Bank of the West have accounts for all three donations.