Douglas Patrick Donnelly |

Douglas Patrick Donnelly

Douglas Patrick Donnelly of Monte Vista died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004. He was 41.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 23, at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church, 6739 S. Boulder Road in Boulder, with his cousin, Sister Marilyn Krier, officiating.

Mr. Donnelly was born Dec. 6, 1962, in Boulder to Harold and Phyllis Krier Donnelly. He graduated from Boulder High School in 1982. The family moved to Monte Vista in 2002.

He enjoyed basketball, swim team and hiking, and was awarded medals at Colorado’s Special Olympic competition.

He worked for Puritan Bennett and Datex-Ohmeda in Louisville.

In Monte Vista, he built a fort that ultimately encompassed 11 trees, three levels, a pirate flag and all of the trappings of a complete hide-away where he could watch and listen to the Rio Grande that ran just to the south of his construction site.

His favorite publications were Discovery and Scientific American, and he followed the space program with avid interest. When the newspapers arrived, he sat down with his favorite soda and with pen in hand, perused the paper from cover to cover, often writing his own thoughts in the margins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Paul Donnelly; by grandparents Paul and Lucile Krier of Walsenburg, and Hugh and Annette Donnelly of Chicago; and by aunt and uncles John and Shirley Small and John Geiger.

Mr. Donnelly is survived by his parents, Hal and Phyllis Donnelly of Monte Vista; by sisters and brother-in-law Colleen Dean of Monte Vista, and Kelly and Jerold Wilkinsen, all of Monte Vista; by nieces and nephews Tyler, Timmie and Tinker Dean and Kylie Wilkinsen, all of Monte Vista; and by the families of Jewel Geiger, Carol and Kohler McInnis of Glenwood Springs, the Small family and Pauline and Don Santi.

Memorial contributions may be made to Colorado Special Olympics, 410 17th St., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80202.

Crist Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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