1916 - August 15, 2009
Vernon J. Blevins, a longtime resident of Craig, died Aug. 15 at The Memorial Hospital. He was 93.
Vernon was born May 23, 1916, in Craig, to Earl and Mable (Davis) Blevins. He was raised in Craig and graduated from Moffat County High School in 1935.
Vernon married Margaret J. Laub on July 4, 1938, in Steamboat Springs. Vernon served as the deputy county clerk in 1941 and worked as the projectionist at the West Theatre for many years. They made their home in Craig and moved to Bozeman, Mont., in 1953, then back to Granby in 1965, when he opened an A&W drive-in. They moved back to Craig in 1981. Vernon was a bookkeeper and was in business with his father.
Vernon enjoyed playing the saxophone and had his own band called Vernon Blevins and the Swingopades. He loved playing his big band music for the residents that lived at Valley View Manor and Sunset Meadows, from 1991 until a month ago. He was a lifelong member of the Elks Lodge No. 1577 and was the youngest person to serve as its exalted ruler. He was a member of the Choctaw Indian Nation.
He is survived by his daughters, Penny Sue (Bud) Nelson, of Craig; Laura Lee Parker and her husband, Anthony Tremaine, of Craig; son Jim Blevins, of Craig; grandchildren, Kelly Mosman, Lance (Maria) Mosman and Misty (Jerrad) Muniz; great-grandchildren, Karisa, Jerica, Devlyn and Deven Mosman, Merinda Bartholomew, Travis Cook and Madaline Muniz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 70 years, Margaret, and brother Theodore.
Memorial services were held Aug. 20, at Grant Mortuary Chapel, with Leonard Browning officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Elks Lodge No. 1577 in care of Grant Mortuary.