Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Donald L. Bedell died Aug. 6, 2006. He was 61.
He was born on June 28, 1945, in Steamboat Springs, to Orval and Willette (Gilleland) Bedell. He was the youngest of five boys. Don went to elementary school in Clark before entering high school at Steamboat Springs where he was a wrestler during Coach Carl Ramunno's era.
Don married Jean Thompson on Sept. 27, 1964, in Colorado Springs. To this union two daughters were born, Dawn Brown of Rifle and Tammi Gnauck of Bozeman, Mont. Don's early years were spent in the Steamboat Springs area working for a weather study/cloud seeding company, as a foreman at Energy Fuels Coal Company and a rancher on Trout Creek. He was an avid sportsman with trophy deer and bear mounts to showcase his interests. He also served on the Routt County Sheriff's Posse.
In November 1976, Don was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a physically and mentally debilitating disease.
Don moved to Grand Junction in 1985 where he made many friends while attending Orchard Mesa Christian Church, working out, playing cards and walking in his neighborhood. He was an avid gardener, with his garden always overflowing.
The best times of his life began in1987 with the arrival of his first grandchild, Amanda Brown, followed by Branton Brown, Alex Brown, Tanner Gnauck and Taryn Gnauck. His grandchildren were the light of his life. He loved taking his family on trips, most recently to the Oregon coast and the big island of Hawaii.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Bedell of Hayden.
He is survived by his daughters Dawn Brown and her husband, Brent; Tammi Gnauck and her husband, Panzer; grandchildren, Amanda Brown, Branton Brown, Alex Brown, Tanner Gnauck and Taryn Gnauck; and brothers, Orval Bedell, David Bedell and Richard Bedell all of Clark.
Funeral services were held Aug. 11, 2006, at Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction with graveside services held in Steamboat Springs followed by a gathering at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.