Hotchkiss resident Donald "Don" Lee Welt died Oct. 3, 2013, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 90.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at Paonia United Methodist Church, with Rev. Charles Thompson officiating.
He was born in Denver March 11, 1923, to Ira and Mary (Blake) Welt. He spent his childhood in the Denver and Lakewood area, graduating from Lakewood High School in 1942.
He served in the U.S. Army, 6th Signal Company, in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After he was discharged in 1948, he returned to his father's ranch in Conifer prior to going to work for AT&T. He worked in Colorado and Wyoming. In 1950 he joined the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. He was an investigator, chief investigator and undersheriff.
He married Violet "Vi" Rose June 2, 1951, in Lakewood.
Mr. Welt was a probation supervisor for the Colorado First Judicial District. After his retirement in 1984 he and Vi moved to Hotchkiss.
He was a longtime member of Hotchkiss Elks Lodge #1807 and a former member of Hotchkiss Kiwanis and the Delta County Fair Board. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, traveling, tinkering in the shop, chasing water, cutting hay, looking after cows and calves, smoking a cigar on the patio and watching the birds in the garden.
Mr. Welt is survived by his sons, Terry Welt and wife Kathy, and John Welt and wife Gloria, all of Hotchkiss; two sisters, Mary Lou Nielsen and Norma Bays, both of Westminster; three grandsons, Camden Welt and wife Nikki (Hunt), Tory Welt and Evan Welt, all of Hotchkiss; three granddaughters, Rocky French and husband Wes and Amanda Sikes and husband Mathew, all of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Brandy Floyd and husband Curt of Billings, Mont.; three great-grandchildren, Griffen and Carsen French and Macey Floyd; and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet; a sister, Viola McLean; and a niece, Lynn Koeh-ler Wheatley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Black Mesa Cattlewomen's scholarship fund.
Taylor Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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