1952 - May 16, 2012
Gary C. Roberts was born March 12, 1952, in Denver, and died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at his home. He was the son of Cecil H. Roberts and Lillie Elbertine George. Gary attended elementary school and high school in Grand Junction. He attended college at Colorado College and Mesa State College. After completing the Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program, he worked on the construction of the Hayden and Craig power plants. He began working at Trapper Mining in 1977 and retired in March 2011. He was a 35-year member of the Operating Engineers and served as a steward and master steward for many years. Gary married Deborah Brookshire in October 1979. The couple had two children, Graham and Paige. Gary was an accomplished guitar player and played in several bands over the years. He enjoyed archery hunting and harvested several trophy elk and antelope. He was also an avid fly-fisherman and spent the long Craig winters tying new fly patterns for the summer season. The Roberts family spent many vacations camping in the national parks and whitewater rafting. Gary especially enjoyed his role as grandpa and spending time with his grandchildren. Gary was preceded in death by his father in 1977 and his mother in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; son Graham; daughter-in-law Tiffani; granddaughter Marie; and grandson William, all of Craig; and daughter Paige, of Steamboat Springs. He also is survived by his sister, Shirley, and brother-in-law Gabriel Gorrino, of Fruita. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Gary’s name to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.