Lifetime Delta County resident John L. Stephens died March 4, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was 97.
At his request, no formal services will be held. He will be inurned next to his first wife, Mary Stephens, in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Paonia.
Mr. Stephens was born June 27, 1919, to Buford and Maude (King) Stephens in Paonia. He attended grade school in Bowie and graduated from Paonia High School in 1937.
On Oct. 29, 1939, he married Mary Koklich in Grand Junction. They celebrated 43 years of marriage before her death in September 1980.
On April 2, 1983, he married Dorothy (Fangman) Hampton in Las Vegas, Nev. They celebrated 30 years of marriage before her death.
Mr. Stephens was a member of the Paonia United Methodist Church and the Paonia Masonic A.F. and A.M. Lodge for over 50 years, serving as worthy master from 1949-1950 and Grand Lodge tyler in 1955. He was also a member of North Fork Water Conservancy District for many years.
He was a lifetime farmer and rancher. He enjoyed nature, hunting, fishing and golf.
He is survived by his daughter, Jaynie (Allen) Logan of Denver; grandson, Randy Logan of Brookwood, Ala.; great-granddaughter, Dani Logan of Brookwood, Ala.; two nephews; and one niece.
Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Stephens; second wife, Dorothy Stephens; brothers, William, Arthur and Morris; and a sister, Alice Compton.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling 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.