Hotchkiss resident Francis "Frank" Newcomb died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 79.
At his request, no services will be held.
Francis Elmer Newcomb III was born in Port Jervis, N.Y., March 21, 1936, to Francis Elmer II and Mildred (Cortwright) Newcomb. He spent his childhood in Port Jervis and graduated from Port Jervis High School in 1954. He attended Oswego College in Oswego, N.Y., and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Mr. Newcomb served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked as an electrical engineer for IBM in several locations including Boulder, Colorado Springs and White Plains, N.Y.
He lived in Colorado Springs before moving to Hotchkiss 17 years ago.
He was a member of the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge and the Delta Trap Club, and was a former member of the Lions Club. He taught hunter safety for 17 years.
Mr. Newcomb enjoyed hunting, trapping, trap shooting, fishing and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Newcomb of Hotchkiss; two daughters, Adrienne (Mitch) Scurtu of Durham, N.C., and Andree Christopher of Port Jervis, N.Y.; a sister, Mildred Tait of Denver; and two grandsons, Alexander and Gregory Scurtu of Durham, N.C.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jessie and Bill Newcomb.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory handled the arrangements.
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On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.