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David H. Adams

Dave Adams, a 38-year resident of Craig, died June 17, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 72.

Adams was born March 6, 1931, in Midwest, Wyo. He graduated from Midwest High School in 1949. He then attended Casper Junior College where he played basketball for two years and was named a Junior College All-American.

Adams served in the Army during the Korean War. Following the war, he received a scholarship to attend and play basketball at the University of Montana. Adams married Betty Sullivan in Casper, Wyo., on May 16, 1953.



He worked for Texaco for more than 20 years and lived in various towns in Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado and arrived in Craig, Colo., in 1965. Following Texaco, he worked as an accountant for Empire Energy in Craig. In 1976, Adams became co-owner of a Craig business, Loadout Liquor.

During his years in Craig, Adams enjoyed bowling with his friends, and was on a bowling league for many years. He was also an active member of the Yampa Valley Golf Association for several years and spent countless hours on the golf course.



His main passion in life was his family and he cherished all of their many get-togethers. He especially enjoyed telling stories about his life and basketball experiences to his grandchildren, whom he adored. The stories were usually overflowing with humor. He also treasured watching his grandchildren participate in their various sporting activities and was quick to not only praise their performance, but to also offer respected advice.

Another favorite pastime was socializing with his many friends. Adams’ love of life, his positive outlook, and his laugh will truly be missed, as he touched the lives of all who knew him. He will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, quick wit, and that twinkle in his eye.

Adams is survived by his daughters Diane (Mike) Boyd, of Westminster, Kim Zimmerman, of Craig, Kathy (Jim) Duran, of Craig, Lori (Larry) Holt, of Westminster, and Stacy (Jeff) Clark, of Arvada; grandchildren Erik Holt, Ryan Duran, Chad Zimmerman, Laura Duran, Derek Duran, Ricky Boyd, Lindsey Boyd, and Austin Clark; and good friend Connie Adams.

Adams was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents George and Helen Adams; brothers Don Adams and Jack Adams of Casper, Wyo.; and granddaughter Brianna Zimmerman.

Adams’ twin brothers-in-law-Msgr. Gerald Sullivan and Msgr. Eugene Sullivan, retired priests of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Father Ernest Bayer of St. Michael Catholic Church concelebrated the mass.

Joyce Miller sang four selections, “Ave Maria,” “On Eagles Wings,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.” She was accompanied on the piano by Jean Talkington and on the organ by Joan Stephenson.

Interment followed at the Craig Cemetery. The pallbearers included grandsons Erik Holt, Ryan Duran, Chad Zimmerman, Derek Duran, Ricky Boyd, and Austin Clark, sons-in-law, Jim Duran, Larry Holt, Mike Boyd, and Jeff Clark.

Memorial donations can be made to the Moffat County High School’s Boys Basketball program, in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colo., 81625.


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