Donald J. Hamouz
Donald J. Hamouz, 74, passed away Feb. 3, 2007, at the Odyssey Hospice in Mesa, Ariz., following a long and courageous battle with lung disease.Don was born Dec. 28, 1932, in Tobias, Neb. He attended grade and high schools there, and was a member of the Tobias High School graduating class of 1950.In the early 1960s, construction work brought him from Nebraska to Colorado. He was a longtime resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, first in Aspen and later Basalt. He held a master electrician’s license and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and an owner of Basalt Electric for 22 years.Don was a member of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department, served a term on the Basalt Town Council, was a member of Elk’s Lodge #2195 in Rifle, American Legion Post #100 in Carbondale and Moose Lodge #2039 in Apache Junction and the Eagle Aerie in Aspen.He had a wonderful sense of humor and will be remembered and missed by family and friends as a man who loved to tease, laugh and joke. He was proud of his Czech heritage and enjoyed eating and cooking Czech foods. He was an ardent sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Don enjoyed touring the western states on his Gold Wing motorcycle, and later in an RV.He retired and moved to Apache Junction, Ariz., in 1994.He is survived by his present wife, Sandy; sons Don Hamouz of Denver and Jim (Patty) Hamouz of Aspen; daughter Cheryl (Jerry) Fletcher of Boaz, Ala.; stepchildren Kristin (James) Latousek of Kirkland, Wash., and John (Christy) Osmon of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister Marlene (Fred) Gakle of Beatrice, Neb.; grandchildren Amanda Hamouz, Whitney Hamouz, Barbara Fletcher and Marquis Fletcher; stepgrandchildren Jessica Latousek, Jacquelyn Latousek and Eric Osmon; and a loving family of nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Hamouz.Interment and a celebration of life gathering for family and friends will take place in Nebraska in late June.Memorials may be made to the Tobias Community Fund, P.O. Box 41, Tobias, NE 68453.Arrangements were made by A Wise Choice Cremation & Funeral Services in Gilbert, Ariz.
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