Frank Don Shrull |

Frank Don Shrull

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Frank Don Shrull, known as “Don” to everyone who knew him, passed away on Sept. 25, 2011. He was 82.

Don was born Feb. 18, 1929 in Palmer Lake, Colo., to Otto and Helen Shrull.

The family moved to the Roaring Fork Valley, and Don grew up on a small homestead outside Basalt on East Sopris Creek. As a youngster, he would ride his horse several miles to attend school at the tiny one-room Emma schoolhouse. For high school, he traveled by train to stay with his grandmother in Palmer Lake where he graduated from Lewis Palmer High School.

During the summer months, Don returned to the Roaring Fork Valley and tended sheep in the high country east of Aspen in the Independence Pass area.

After high school, he joined the Army where he spent two years in Korea.

Don was a great storyteller and often shared enthralling stories about his time in the military and other adventures with his family.

After the military, Don moved to New Castle in 1957. He married Barbara Joline (James) in 1958 and they had two boys, Jim and Dale.

Don worked at Osborne Motors and then Rey Motors in Glenwood Springs for nearly 30 years.

Don was well-known in the area, and served on the New Castle Town Council in the early 1970s.

Don’s neighborly spirit was known to many. His genuine, compassionate and honest way will not be forgotten to the countless people he befriended, helped and spent time with.

He was a fixture at yard sales and auctions throughout his life. His unique yard sales were renowned by friends and people who knew him.

He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters and great-grandchildren. He was also a loving and loyal father to Jim and Dale, never missing high school sports events, and always supporting whatever venture they pursued.

Don loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter throughout his life. His parents had a ranch near Harvey Gap, at which Don worked cutting hay, irrigating and tending horses for decades.

He suffered a debilitating hip injury when he was hit by a motorist while walking in a pedestrian crosswalk in 2003. But he didn’t let the injury deter him from remaining active.

He was never one to take it easy. Hard working and on the move, Don enjoyed being busy and loving life.

Don was very proud of his military service and his dedication to his family. In the Army he reached the rank of sergeant and received several medals during his service time.

Family always came first for Don.

A big quiet man, Don was known as a honest, hard working, compassionate and kind man, who virtually always put the needs of others before his own.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Helen Shrull, two brothers, William and Charles and his wife Barbara.

Don is survived by his sons Jim (Samantha) Shrull and Dale (Donna) Shrull, his granddaughters Jamie (Jeremy) Ownbey, Jessie (Nicholas) Weaver and Jackie (Robert) Silva, 8 great-grandchildren and countless friends.

Services will be held Friday at the New Castle Community Center with a visitation at 10 a.m. and the memorial service at 11 a.m. A short graveside service will follow at Highland Cemetery in New Castle.

A reception and pot luck will be held to share stories and memories after the service at the community center. Bring a dish if you like.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in Don’s memory has been set up at Alpine Bank.

Rifle Funeral Home is handling the services. Online condolences can be make at

Don will be missed. He lived a good life.

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