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 Leiford August “Leif” Darien

Leiford August “Leif” Darien

Birth
Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Colorado, USA
Death 15 Oct 2005 (aged 63)
Burial Marble, Gunnison County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 100146043 · View Source
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Leiford August Darien September 11, 1942 - October 15, 2005

Longtime Grand Junction resident, Leiford (Leif) Darien, passed away of natural causes at home on Saturday, October 15, 2005. He was 63.

Leif was born to Gus and Elda Darien in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on September 11, 1942. He received his early education in Carbondale, graduating from Carbondale Union High School in 1960.

He married Sharon Kelley on January 26, 1964, in Carbondale, Colorado. They resided in Fort Collins where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. In 1968 after a short stay in Carbondale they moved to Grand Junction where he taught molecular biology and chemistry at Grand Junction High School. Two sons blessed the marriage and the family spent many summers at Prospect Mountain Ranch in Marble, Colorado.

After leaving the teaching profession, he pursued his own business interests in the Grand Valley, including owning and operating Go-Fer Foods#10 as well as real estate investments. He recently retired and was enjoying spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sharon; his two sons, Craig, of San Jose, California; and Jason, of Grand Junction. Other survivors include his three grandchildren Colt, Kacey and Tyler; his sister, Sharlene (Jerry) Smith, of Paonia, Colorado; his brother, Larry (Dana) Darien, of Marble, Colorado; and two nieces, two nephews, two grandnieces and a grandnephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Elda Darien and a sister, Donna Mae.

A memorial service will be held at the First Methodist Church at First and White in Grand Junction, Colorado on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 2:00 PM. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date in the family cemetery at Prospect Mountain Ranch in Marble, Colorado.

He will be greatly missed in his role of husband, father and grandfather.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association (www.americanheart.org or 1-800-242-8271), PO Box 474, Grand Junction, CO 81502.

Arrangements are under the direction of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.

Published in The Daily Sentinel from October 19 to October 20, 2005


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  • Created by: Barb
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100146043
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leiford August “Leif” Darien (11 Sep 1942–15 Oct 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100146043, citing Prospect Mountain Ranch Cemetery, Marble, Gunnison County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Barb (contributor 46936813) .