Alfred Clark Bigum |

Alfred Clark Bigum

Alfred Clark Bigum, Col. (Ret.), USAF, 88, passed away Nov. 22, 2008, at his home in Springfield, Va.

He was born Jan. 12, 1920, in Oklahoma, to Alfred Bigum and Margery Jane Whitsett.

Clark arrived at Glenwood Springs with his family about 1937 at the age of 17. His father (Alfred W. Bigum) had been transferred from Grand Junction to manage the United Lumber Co. yard in town. Clark worked there for about five years, then went into the Army Air Corps (later to be renamed the Air Force) at the beginning of World War II.

He returned to Glenwood Springs between military assignments to marry a hometown girl, Mara Jo Hunn, whom he had dated for almost three years. Mara Jo’s parents, Joe Hunn and Marie (Keck), were also longtime Glenwood residents, and their relatives owned several businesses in town.

Clark proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force for nearly 30 years, retiring as a colonel in 1970. He was highly decorated for his military service in World War II.

Following his military career, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service and in the real estate business before retiring.

Over the years, Clark and Mara Jo returned annually for vacations and for high school reunions. Clark loved staying at the Hotel Colorado and had fond memories of fly fishing the many streams around Glenwood with his brothers over his 70-year association with the community.

Genealogy was a favorite hobby, researching the Bigum name back to the 1600s.

Clark is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years; sons Richard (Mona) Bigum of Los Angeles, and Randall (Deborah) Bigum of Orlando, Fla.; granddaughters Lindsay of Atlanta and Courtney Bigum of Orlando; brother Haines (Georgie) Bigum; and sister-in-law Jackie Bigum of Grand Junction.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2009, beginning at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel. Interment with full military honors will follow at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Services are under the direction of the Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield.

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