John W. Gray
January 17, 1919 - May 11, 2010
Jack Gray, of Craig, died May 11, 2010.
He was born Jan. 17, 1919, in Gothenburg, Neb., to John William Gray, Sr., and Sena Koster-Gray.
He had two brothers and one sister.
Jack’s father died in 1924, and later his mother remarried John Baalhorn, giving Jack a stepbrother and another sister. In
1939, the family moved to Elk River near Steamboat Springs.
Jack was married to Sophie Martin from 1938 to 1943, and a daughter, Virginia, was born.
He worked in the sawmills in Oregon until he was drafted in 1943 into the Army.
In World War II, he served in a special military police unit in the South Pacific. He was given an honorable discharge in 1945 in Steamboat Springs.
In 1947, he married Dorothy Scott and they farmed near Steamboat Springs and Hayden. A son, Kurt, and daughter, Pamela, were born.
In 1954, the family moved to Lower Big Gulch, then on to Craig. Jack worked as a heavy equipment operator, carpenter and for the county road department.
After retiring in 1984, he and Dorothy spent their winters traveling in the south.
Jack is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters Virginia (Orville) Gray-Harris, of California, and Pamela (Jim) Gray-Willis, of Pennsylvania; daughter-in-law Elaine (Kurt) Gray, of Craig; grandchildren Debra (Daniel) Harris-Jaramillo, of California, Timothy Harris, of Arizona, Brian (Holly) Willis and Julie Willis, of Pennsylvania, Kristen (PJ) Gray-Nichols, of Craig, and Scott (Lindsay) Gray, of Loveland; great-grandchildren Laura (David) Jaramillo-Hemm, Robert Jaramillo, Timothy Jaramillo and Jenny Jaramillo, of California, Alexander Nichols, of Craig, Daxten and Cooper Willis, of Pennsylvania, and Sydney Gray, of Loveland; and great-great-grandchild Emily Jaramillo, of California.
He is survived by sister Bernice (Robert) Baalhorn-Slaight, of Craig.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Clifford Gray, of Grand Junction, and Raymond Gray, of Steamboat Springs; sister Roxanne Gray-Blake, of Longmont; stepbrother Floyd Baalhorn, of Steamboat Springs; and son Kurt Gray, of Craig.
a memorial service was May 15, 2010, at The Grant Mortuary Chapel with Traber Cass officiating. Special musical numbers were “How Great Thou Art,” “Rose of San Antone,” and “I’ll Fly Away,” by John Allen accompanied by Wayne Davis.
Memorial donations can be made to Yampa Valley Antique Power Club, or the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center, in care of Grant Mortuary.