Bill Barton of Paonia died Nov. 24, 2017, in Paonia. He was 85.
William Edward Barton was born on March 5, 1932, in Memphis, Texas. He enlisted in the Air Force when he was 18 and worked in a legal office where they encouraged him to attend college classes.
On Aug. 8, 1952, he married Jean Barton in Raton, N.M.
Mr. Barton graduated cum laude from Colorado College with a BA in 1957, received his MBA from University of New Mexico and a PhD from the University of Missouri in 1970. He began his career as an instructor of economics and business for Colorado College, eventually becoming a full professor. He taught for over 40 years for Colorado College. He received the Gresham Riley Award in 2000, and in 2012, was honored with the Bill Barton Endowed Professorship.
The Barton family retired in Paonia, where Mr. Barton enjoyed spending time with his horses, gardening, fishing, hunting, the outdoors and his family.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean Barton of Paonia; sons, Randy (Patti), David and Mark (Billie); grandchildren, Scott, Brad (Colleen), their late son Henry and twin daughters Harriet and Mae, Wes, Allison (Kyle), Haley and their late mother Carol, Jessica (Gerald), Rachel and their mother Cathy.
A memorial service is planned for January 2018 in Paonia.
Two of the four marijuana questions on the November ballot were narrowly approved by voters in the City of Delta. Measure 2F allows the establishment of medical marijuana centers. Measure 2H permits the establishment of medical marijuana cultivation, testing, research and manufacturing facilities.