Earl E. Eliasen (1942-2005)

Lifelong Meeker resident and cowboy Earl E. Eliasen died July 9, 2005, at Pioneers Hospital. He was 63.

Eliasen was born on the Elk Creek Ranch near Sleepy Cat on March 28, 1942, one of 15 children born to Antone B. “Whitey” and Mary (Findlay) Eliasen. He attended schools in Meeker and graduated with the Class of 1961. After graduation, he furthered his education in Garden City, Kan., with plans of someday teaching school.

Earl returned to Meeker, where he worked in the oilfields and did wrangler work and horseshoeing on various ranches. At the time of his death, he was self-employed as a fencing contractor.

Earl loved to be outdoors, hunting, fishing, team roping and music.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Caldwell, of Meeker; three sons, David Adams of Salt Lake City, Utah, Travis Adams of Meeker, Justin Eliasen of Clark; one stepson, Tod Gould of Meeker; two grandchildren, Cheyenne and Brittany; and a step-grandson, Drake Thomas.

He also is survived by his brothers and sisters, Ed (Jan) Eliasen of Greeley, Elaine Webber of Craig, Elizabeth Devore of Meeker, Enid (Dave) Steffen of Meeker, Ellis Eliasen of Meeker, Elton Eliasen of Meeker, Eldrid “Sis” (Don) Anding of Albion, Neb.; Jenny (Ken) Megahey of Mesa, Ariz.; Jerry (Catherine) Eli–a–sen of Meeker, John Eliasen of Meeker, Sue (Roger) Peters of Fairbanks, Alaska, Zina Eliasen of Meeker, Ron Eliasen of DuBois, Wyo.; Sara (Mac) Richardson of Green River, Wyo., one half-sister, Patty Jane (Don) Barber of Auburn, Wash., as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2005, at the Highland Cemetery. After the services, friends are invited to a picnic to celebrate Earl’s memory at Meeker City Park.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to the Earl Eliasen Memorial Fund at Mountain Valley Bank. The proceeds from the fund will be used to purchase a new roping chute at the rodeo arena and for other improvements to the fairgrounds.

Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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