Frank George Edwin Tucker, February 15, 1941 – January 2, 2006 |

Frank George Edwin Tucker, February 15, 1941 – January 2, 2006

Frank George Edwin Tucker, age 64, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, surrounded by the women in his life at his home in Montrose.Frank was born Feb. 15, 1941, in Grand Junction to Edwin and Grace (DuCray) Tucker. Young Frank lived on the family farm in Appleton with his family until he was 6 years old, when they moved to Silt. Frank grew up riding his horse and fishing with his dad.The Tucker family built a home in Rifle in 1950 after Frank’s father was transferred to the Public Service office. Frank lived at the family home until he left for college.He had a strong work ethic from a very early age. He loved going to local ranches and helping with branding and docking. From the age of 12, he volunteered at Sowder Mortuary, the local hospital and Rifle Pharmacy.He loved flowers and learned to arrange at a very early age, entering his arrangements at the Garfield County Fair.Frank went to the University of Colorado, where he was in Who’s Who of American Universities. He graduated from law school in 1964. He then interned with Wayne Aspinall throughout western Colorado during the development of the Gunnison Tunnel.He returned to Garfield County, married Louise Mansfield from Akron, Ohio in 1968 and had a son, James Merritt DuCray Tucker, in 1975.He began private practice in Glenwood Springs before successfully campaigning for the job of the 9th Judicial District Attorney in 1972. The Governor of Colorado appointed Frank as San Juan County Interim District Attorney in 1975.Frank and Louise divorced in 1978 and Frank went into the mortuary business. Frank went to San Francisco in January of 1979 where he attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.Frank married Debbie McGuern February 14, 1981 at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. In 1983, just after the birth of his first daughter, Whitney Laurean, Frank purchased the Moynahan O’Malia Mortuary in Leadville. In 1985, a second daughter, Morgan Leah, was born. In July of 1987, the Tucker family moved to Montrose to purchase the Montrose Valley Funeral Home, where they have lived for the past 18 years.Over the years, Frank’s outspoken and sometimes abrasive style made him enemies as well as friends. He brought his courtroom style to the funeral business and at times it was received better than others.Frank and Debbie were blessed by a third daughter, Sloan Nichole, in November of 1996.Throughout his life he maintained his trademark sense of humor, candor, optimism and cutting-edge sarcasm. He was generous to a fault, preferring to view life through a more idealistic than realistic lens.He took the family on trips to Europe as well as their annual pack trip up the South Fork of the White River to revel in nature from the back of a horse.Frank is survived by his wife of 25 years; daughters Whitney Tucker of Dallas, Morgan Tucker of Meadville, Pa., and Sloan Tucker of Montrose; son Jamie Tucker of Los Angeles; sister Judy (Glenn) Brice of Grand Junction; numerous nieces and nephews; many friends including Megan Hess of the family’s funeral home.He was preceded in death by a newborn brother in 1939, as well as his parents. A private family vigil took place Jan. 5 at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home. A funeral mass took place Jan. 6 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Montrose.An open house/visitation is scheduled from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Martin Mortuary, 550 North Avenue, Grand Junction. Entombment will follow at Memorial Gardens Mausoleum immediately after the funeral.Memorial contributions may be made to Bank of the West, 1105 South Townsend Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401.Arrangements are being handled by Montrose Valley Funeral Home, 505 South Second St., Montrose.

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