Longtime Morrison Creek resident Louis E. Dequine Jr. died Feb. 9, 2007, in Sequim, Wash., from complications of old age and congestive heart failure. He was 94.
Lou was an avid hunter and fisherman, and that brought him and Dottie to the Yampa Valley in the late 1960s. They acquired the Morrison Creek Ranch and lived there and at the Rabbit Ears Pass house until the early 1980s, when they returned to Pensacola, Fla., and maintained the Morrison Creek Ranch as their summer residence.
Lou and Dot danced at the Steamboat Veterans of Foreign Wars with friends, played golf, fished, hunted and traveled six continents in search of adventure. "I have no regrets," he liked to say.
Lou graduated as a chemical engineer from the University of Wisconsin in 1934 and evolved into management with Monsanto and finally with the Gates Rubber Co.
Lou and Dottie, who preceded him in death in 2004, are buried at the ranch on Morrison Creek. They were married for 72 years.
He is survived by his son, Lou, and his wife, Lydia, of Morrison Creek; daughters, Elizabeth of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Jennifer and her husband, Vince Eastburn, of Sequim, Wash.; brother, John Dequine of Leesburg, Fla.; sister, Beth of Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Dustin, Kari, Devon, Adrian, Ashley and Chason; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial celebration of their lives was held Aug. 11, 2007, at the Morrison Creek Ranch.