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A Demon and a Ram make up a great team

I (Shannon) met Bryan Derby at the end of summer in 1990. I was going to be a junior at Glenwood Springs High School he was a senior at Roaring Fork High School. How it came about was his best friend liked me, we had a no-school day coming up and his buddy asked me to come hang out and bring a friend as he would bring a friend also. So here we go to Carbondale to spend the day just hanging out, and after the day was over Bryan called me and said his buddy wanted to take me to homecoming. I said “No thanks. I don’t like him, I like you!!!” He was dating someone else and had been for three years. Well, it took a couple days, but he broke up with her, asked me out, and here we are together 17 years later. We’ve been married for 16 of the 17 years. We have two beautiful children – Natasha, 15, and Cody, 13. We have overcome many things from losing our house of nine years in the Coal Seam Fire, deaths in the family, illnesses. I think we are unique because you don’t see many people getting married at age 17 and 19 and staying together these days. Bryan is a plumber by trade and coaches the high school girls basketball team and our son’s baseball teams in the summer. I’m a mom and wife first, and I run athletics at the community center.

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