James Everett Cooley died June 2, 2016, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 81.
He was born in Chama, N.M., Jan. 3, 1935, to Claude and Aimee (Ricketts) Cooley. He spent his early childhood in Chama. The family lived in Los Alamos, N.M., from 1943-1947 before moving to Hotchkiss in 1947. Mr. Cooley attended school in Hotchkiss.
In 1957 he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After basic training he was stationed in Africa for the duration of his service. He was honorably discharged in 1963.
Mr. Cooley was a carpenter and builder. He built several homes in the area.
He was a member of the first sanitation board in Hotchkiss in the early 1970s and was responsible for the annexation of the Cooley Addition to the Town of Hotchkiss in 1977.
In 1971 he married Marjorie (Geyer) Carver. They celebrated 31 years of marriage before her death in 2003.
Mr. Cooley married Marion (McCabe) Piburn in 2008.
He enjoyed helping people in need.
He is survived by his wife, Marion; a brother, Robert "Bob" Cooley of Clovis, N.M.; his stepchildren, Cody (Tami) Carver, Cindy (Tom) Roundtree, Jody Taylor, Colin Piburn, Nona Piburn, Renee Waltz and Donna Stout; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie; two infant siblings; two brothers, Melvin and Kenneth; and two sisters, Lorraine and Carol.
Cremation has taken place. At his request, no services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
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.