July 5, 2017
Greg Cortez, 57, passed away unexpectedly on June 29, 2017, while at work at Trapper Mine. He was a beloved father, son, brother and uncle.
Greg was born Oct. 20, 1959, in Alamosa, Colorado to Elois “Al” Cortez and Ardith Cortez.
His early years were spent in Alamosa and nearby Blanca followed by two years in northern California, where he started elementary school. The family moved to Craig in 1967. Greg attended Sunset Elementary School, Craig Junior High and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at Moffat County High School in 1978.
Greg lived in Craig most of his life except while attending the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
From an early age, Greg was fascinated by geology. He was an avid collector of rocks and fossils. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed having a job that enabled him to spend time outside.
After college, Greg went to work at Trapper Mine, where he worked as a surveyor for 36 years. In 2012, he was honored by the Colorado Mining Association and the state of Colorado for working 30 years without a lost time accident. He taught AutoCAD at CNCC for 10 years.
In 1985, he married Deborah Dabney, later divorced. They are the parents of Kristin Skowronski (C.J.) and Andy, all of Craig.
Greg was a single dad who worked hard to provide and care for his children. Two of the proudest days of his life were his daughter’s wedding and his son’s graduation from Colorado Mesa University.
Greg was an enthusiast of professional wrestling and music, interests he shared with his son. He also enjoyed weightlifting and reading books.
He volunteered in the community, mostly with organizations dedicated to substance abuse prevention.
He is survived by his children, mother, sister Marjorie Cortez Behrens (Bo) of Salt Lake City and brother Ed Cortez of Denver.
He is also survived by nieces Liz Behrens, New Orleans, LA and Grace Behrens, Helena, MT, an aunt and uncle, numerous cousins and his beloved beagle Ferris.He was preceded in death by his father, Al Cortez, who died in 2006.
A celebration of Greg’s life will be held at 4:00 PM, Thursday, July 6 at Clarion Inn & Suites. His cremated remains will be scattered during a private service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please fix a feral cat or read to a child.
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