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Richard Braslin

Richard "Dick" Durward Braslin of Paonia died July 12, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 77.

He was born May 26, 1940, to Harold and Ruth (Buckingham) Braslin in Denver. He graduated from South High School in Denver, where he was on the 1958 state basketball and baseball championship teams. He attended Mesa Junior College, Colorado State University and Western State and received his bachelor of arts and master's degrees in science and physical education.

He married Ann Lynn on Nov. 4, 1960, in Grand Junction. The couple moved to Paonia in 1965.

Mr. Braslin was a teacher at Paonia High School for 36 years. He taught science, health and PE for 25 years. He also served as an assistant principal and counselor during his time there. His passion was sports as he served as the athletic director for Paonia High School for 34 years, and he coached football, basketball and baseball. One of his greatest honors was taking the 1969 Paonia Eagle basketball team to the state finals. He was also the assistant coach for Paonia baseball when they won four state titles.

He enjoyed coaching and teaching students at Paonia High School. He also enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, the outdoors and traveling with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Ann of Paonia; sons, Steve (Kathy) Braslin of Grand Junction, Garry (Sherrie) Braslin of Paonia and Andi (Heather) Braslin of Delta; brother, Bill (Linda) Clark of Kiowa; sister, Carolyn (Earl) Hutchins of Bellingham, Wash.; brother-in-law, John Lynn of Glade Park; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Justin Braslin.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 22, at 10 a.m. at Paonia High School. A graveside service will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Paonia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Paonia High School Alumni Scholarship Fund at the First Colorado National Bank or by mail to PO Box 100, Paonia, CO 81428.

Martin Mortuary handled the arrangements.

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