Obituary: James “Roy” McAnally III |

Obituary: James “Roy” McAnally III

James "Roy" McAnally III
James "Roy" McAnally III
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March 23, 1949 – October 25, 2021

James L. “Roy” McAnally III, died peacefully in his home Monday, October 25, 2021. He was 72 years old. Roy was born March 23, 1949 in Ogden, UT, the oldest child of Roy, Jr., and Marjorie McAnally. He was later joined by twin brothers Loyd and Fred and sister Marcella. When still a young child, the family moved to Denver, CO, where Roy grew up, eventually attending Arvada West High School. Roy was a varsity wrestler who, as the captain of his team his senior year, earned all-district recognition. Following high school graduation in 1967, Roy married Georgina Horgas in 1968 and served his nation in the Vietnam Conflict by enlisting in the United States Army. He was proud to welcome the birth of his namesake son James L. IV “Jamie” in 1969, and their second son, Bryan Eugene, in 1972. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Roy followed his lifelong ambition to raise his family in Northwest Colorado, where his grandparents James L., Sr., and wife Hazel, had homesteaded prior to the Prohibition era. Moving to Craig in 1974, Roy explored a variety of careers including owning private security and commercial cleaning businesses, working as a train conductor, and as a technician at the Craig water plant. Eventually, Roy gained employment as a custodian’s assistant at Trapper Mining, Inc. Over the next 35+years, Roy learned the skills of heavy equipment mechanics, and over time moved into safety management. After retiring from the mine, Roy gained his real estate license for residential and wilderness property, and again explored his entrepreneurial and business interests in, among other endeavors, map sales and locksmithing. A life-life avid outdoorsman, Roy was honored to serve as a Colorado Wildlife Commission Board from 2005-2008. Roy married Yvonne Delay in 2007. Together, they operated different ventures, including the Juniper Hot Springs and a local health and wellness co-op. Roy enthusiastically partnered with Yvonne, withstanding economic downturn through adverse conditions together to provide positive service and care to the people of Craig and Moffat County. One particularly meaningful passion project in 2008-9 involved preparing and delivering full course meals every day for all 175 Twentymile Coal Company’s graveyard shift miners during their longwall move. Roy was diagnosed with multiple cancers beginning in 2015. After several years, he was ultimately awarded a full disability from the US Government in recognition for exposure conditions related to Agent Orange from his service in Vietnam. Roy navigated his challenges with consistent positivity, a refusal to complain, and the optimistic perspective that despite his circumstances, he was wealthy in love and relationship. Roy McAnally was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Fred “Gene,” and his first wife Georgina. He is survived by wife Yvonne, his sons from Georgina, Jamie McAnally (Lissa – granddaughters Audrey & Layla) and Bryan McAnally (Kelli – granddaughters Kaylyn & Kelsi, grandson Cotter), from Yvonne his stepdaughters Ashly Shipman-Delay (grandson Adam & granddaughter Vada) and Amber Delay and stepson Tyler Delay (Cassy – grandson Carter and granddaughter Taytum) . Other survivors include brother Loyd (Kim), sister Marcella (Dennis), numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and Mother-in-law Elaine Dimmick. At Roy’s request, there will be no memorial service. Donations may be made in his name to Outdoor Buddies, Inc; Craig Skatepark Alliance, or Warhorse Ranch.

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