Crawford resident Mason Mills died Dec. 25, 2016, at Crossroads Memory Care in Delta. He was 70.
He was born in Golden May 9, 1946, to Glen and Lorraine (Hartman) Mills.
On Oct. 21, 1989, he married Sylvia Ann Birdwell in Glenwood Springs. They celebrated 27 years of marriage.
Mr. Mills was a truck driver for Boise Cascade for many years. After moving to the North Fork Valley he worked construction. In 1991 he was hired by Oxbow Trucking where he worked with his two brothers. In 1997 he was transferred to Oxbow Mining where he was promoted to surface foreman and oversaw the train loadout facility. He retired in January 2013.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, riding horses, working on his old tractors and being outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; one brother, Tim (Gale) Mills of Bellevue, Wash.; four daughters, Kameal (Brian) Clark and Nikki Mills of Crawford, Christy (Kim) Hegarty of Platteville and Robyn Dasher of Duluth, Ga.; three sons, David (Lori) Mills of Oak Creek, Wis., Kevin Kirkpatrick of Aurora and Clete (Diane) Kirkpatrick of Sandy, Utah; special friends, Jim and Gladys Carpenter of Hotchkiss; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by twin sons; one sister; and his brothers, Doug and Byron Mills.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Home in Hotchkiss. Interment will follow at the Crawford Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Crossroads Memory Care at Delta, 1379 Aspen Way, Delta, CO 81416 or HopeWest, PO Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.