Flaven J. Cerise passed away Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, in Grand Junction. He was 84.
He was born May 15, 1921, in Woody Creek, to Victor and Anselmine Cerise. He attended Carbondale schools.
Flaven joined the U.S. Army and was in the Signal Corps, operating the first mainland-based U.S. radar station in Florida.
Flaven met Wilma LaForce in 1942; they married and had three children. They were later divorced.
He was a longtime cattle rancher in the Roaring Fork Valley and was a Garfield County Commissioner for 12 years. He was very active in the community, serving on several boards including the Carbondale Fire District, Carbondale Senior Housing, Valley View Hospital, Thompson Creek Cattle Association and the Roaring Fork Co-Op.
He also served on the Energy Committee for Colorado Counties, the National Association of Counties, Club 20 and Colorado Counties. He was also a longtime member of the International Order of Odd Fellows.
After leaving Carbondale, he spent a few years in Arizona and then made his final home in Grand Junction.
He his survived by a daughter, Bee (Jim) Stevens, of Hedgesville, W. Va.; sons John K. (Linda) Cerise, of Carbondale, and Stuart (Suzanne) Cerise, of Salt Lake City; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of his life from 3-5 p.m. Friday at Rock Creek Grill at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Carbondale Senior Housing.
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