C. "Bill" Hart

By Press Release


Clarence "Bill" Hart died at his home in Paonia April 23, 2017. He was 45.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Paonia Friends Church with Pastor Gaylen Kisner officiating.

He was born Aug. 13, 1971, to Donald and Billie (Riggenbach) Hart at Beale Air Force Base in California. He spent most of his childhood in McPherson, Kan., and graduated from McPherson High School in 1989. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Desert Storm veteran.

On July 2, 1995, he married Samira "Sam" Ellis in McPherson, Kan. They moved to Monte Vista and Mr. Hart graduated from the CLETA program at Trinidad State Junior College.

In 2001, they moved to Paonia where Mr. Hart went to work as a patrolman for the Paonia Police Department. He left the PPD in 2012 to work for the Gunnison County Sheriff's Department, and in 2015, he returned to the Paonia Police Department. He was also a member of the Paonia Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Hart enjoyed video games, computers, remote controlled cars, shooting, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Samira Hart; parents, Donald Hart and Billie Carter; a son, Alexander (Sara) Hart, all of Paonia; two daughters, Deanna Hart of Fort Collins and Dana Hart of Paonia; four brothers, Jonathan (Melanie) Hart of South Fork; Timothy Hart and Jeffrey Hart, both of Prescott, Ariz., and Thomas Hart of Louisiana; and his sister, Penny (Richard) Larimore of Saguache.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and one aunt, Bettie Freel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Hill Hospitality House, 605 26 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.

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