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Daniel Patrick Quigley

Daniel Patrick Quigley, 91, died Aug. 4, 2005, at his home in Glenwood Springs after a short illness.

Dan was born May 20, 1914, on the McNulty Ranch south of Glenwood Springs (near the Sopris Restaurant) to Crist and Mary Quigley. Dan was their youngest son. He had two older brothers, James and John, who preceded him in death.

He attended school at the Little Red Schoolhouse, the Spring Valley Schoolhouse and in Glenwood Springs.

As a young man, Dan served in the U.S. Army.

He married Ellen Higgins on Nov. 22, 1945, in Colorado Springs. When they returned to Glenwood Springs, they settled on the family ranch in Spring Valley. Dan and Ellen ranched there for 45 years and raised three daughters there. While still on the ranch, Dan also worked for Garfield County and maintained all the roads in the Spring Valley-Cattle Creek area.

Dan and a small group of ranchers in the Spring Valley area had a vision to offer higher education to the children of the Roaring Fork Valley. With the gift of land from these ranchers, the Spring Valley Campus of Colorado Mountain College was built. Their vision lives on, as lives are changed in that unique setting.

After retiring, Dan and Ellen moved to town and eventually lived in Glenwood Springs in the summer and enjoyed winters in Bullhead City, Ariz. Dan was well-known for many years as a spotter at estate and equipment auctions, and helped sell peaches at the peach stand on South Grand Avenue.

Dan was always known for his strong handshake, his hospitality, his gift of gab, and his wonderful smile. He’ll be missed and remembered by many.

He was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Elks Club and Knights of Columbus.

Dan is survived by his wife of 60 years, daughters Marianne (John) Ackerman, Tricia (Carl) Golden and Sheila (Ed) Allen; grandchildren Todd, Katie and Amy Ackerman, Anell Cortez, and Kelsie and Danny Allen.

The family requests friends join a celebration of Dan’s life at a Rosary at 2 p.m. Sunday and a memorial service at 2:30 p.m., both at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Glenwood Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation to the Valley View Foundation Cancer Center or the Roaring Fork Hospice.

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