James Melvin Dagnan died Feb. 27, 2017, at his home in Cedaredge. He was 77.
He was born in Fruita May 30, 1939, to James and Dorothy (Nelson) Dagnan. He graduated from Paonia High School in 1958 and enlisted in the Navy. After attending school to train as a boiler tender in Milwaukee, Wis., he served aboard several different destroyers before being honorably discharged in 1965.
He spent 30 years as a coal miner before retiring from the Deserado coal mine in northwestern Colorado. He also sold vacuums door to door and was a cement truck driver and backhoe operator.
Mr. Dagnan enjoyed hunting, fishing, fly tying, woodworking, rock hounding, making jewelry, arrowhead hunting and playing pinochle with his friends. He was an avid walker, volunteering his time as a dog walker for the Surface Creek Animal Shelter. He also donated his time at Healing Waters to help teach other veterans how to tie flies.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Dagnan of Hotchkiss; three children, April Owsley of Cedaredge, Thomas Dagnan of Hotchkiss and Christopher Dagnan of Fallon, Nev.; six grandchildren, Shane Dagnan, Misty Dagnan, Casey Dagnan, Kayli Dagnan, Alaina Dagnan and Zach Owsley; six great-grandchildren; three siblings, Bobbie Dagnan of Grand Junction, Sharon Popish-Butcher of Paonia and Chuck Dagnan of Paonia; and numerous extended family.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy Dagnan.
A celebration of life potluck will be held at the Senior Civic Center, 140 NW 2nd Street in Cedaredge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25. The public is invited to share a meal along with any good stories and photos of Mr. Dagnan.