Chester Donald "Don" King died at his home on Oct. 25, 2017. He was 89.
He was born in Fort Morgan with his twin sister, Donna, on Feb. 13, 1928, to Chester and Hazel (Phillips) King. The family moved to Delta in 1937, first to California Mesa and then to Peach Valley. He graduated from Delta High School in 1947 and went to work in the automotive business.
Mr. King served in the Army National Guard and active duty; he was honorably discharged in 1955 as a first lieutenant, and was the company commander of the service company at Fort Carson which supported the 10th Mountain Division.
On Oct. 18, 1949, he married Dorothy "Dee" Widner in Delta. They shared 68 years of marriage together.
After his discharge from the Army, they settled in Delta. He worked for Hinton Auto Electric for 47 years; he bought the store when Floyd Hinton retired, and he then developed the business into the second largest auto parts store in the state. He served on the National Advisory Board for American Auto Parts and then retired in 1995.
After his retirement, he traveled with his wife extensively. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, carpentry and watching his grandchildren grow up. He had an endearing sense of humor.
Mr. King was very community minded. He was a member of the Delta United Methodist Church for 51 years. He was also a Jaycee, receiving the Bill Brummet award as the outstanding president in the state of Colorado, a Boy Scout Leader, on the Delta City Planning Commission and he supported the FFA.
He is survived by his wife, Dee; his children, C. Dennis (Lorie) King of Grand Junction, Gayla (Aaron) Clay of Delta and D. Brett (Cheri) King of Westminster; seven grandchildren, Nathan (Amanda) Clay, Andrea (James) Thomas, Amanda (Steven) Sparks, Whitney (Henry) Hemphill and Devin, Brady and Tylyn King; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Gene King, Dorothy Zortman and Donna Holden.
Interment will be at Delta City Cemetery at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, and a memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at Delta United Methodist Church, with Pastor Tom Hazelwood presiding.
Memorial contributions may be made to Delta United Methodist Church, 555 Meeker Street, Delta, CO 81416.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
On Dec. 2, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to a report of an assault. Officers spoke with a 64-year-old male with a bleeding injury on his neck.