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Burtis Eugene Nutting

Dr. Burtis Eugene Nutting, a longtime resident of Glenwood Springs, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in LaJunta. He was 100.

He was born Sept. 15, 1902, in Delta, to Elizabeth Long and Merrick Nutting. He graduated from Delta High School in 1922.

He graduated from Western State College with a pre-med degree, and earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1929.



As one of the only physicians in the area, Dr. Nutting was exempted from military service. Over the years, he performed all the physical exams for residents who entered the military.

He settled in Glenwood Springs in 1938.



He married Margaret Emelia Johnston in 1930 in Seattle. She preceded him in death in 1971.

He married Esther Hubbard in the early 1980s in Glenwood Springs. She preceded him in death in 1998.

Dr. Nutting was the father of modern health care in Glenwood Springs, actively working to establish Valley View Hospital and serving as its first staff physician. He cared for patients from Leadville, Aspen and Meeker as well as those in Garfield County. He delivered more than 4,000 babies, never losing a child or a mother.

He was a member and past president of the Glenwood Springs Lions Club and the Glenwood Springs Masonic Lodge, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Glenwood Springs.

He loved fishing and social events and had a great sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his wives; and by brothers Oliver Nutting and Frank Nutting.

Dr. Nutting is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Don and Lila Nutting, of Boulder, and Jim and Amour Nutting, of Swink; by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Heritage, of Grand Junction; and by four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned.

Montrose Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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