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Gary Russell Hall

Gary Russell Hall passed away unexpectedly June 8, 2008, at his New Castle home. He was 70. Born March 2, 1938, in Glenwood Springs, Mr. Hall was the only child of Lloyd Russell Hall and Bertha Evelyn Parrish, who preceded him in death. Mr. Hall grew up in Carbondale, where his father worked as a barber and his mother operated a beauty shop in their home. His paternal grandfather was a well-known New Castle barber, Claude Hall Sr., and his maternal grandfather, Joseph Daniel Parrish, was New Castles only blacksmith for many years. Mr. Hall graduated from Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale in 1956. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. From 1956 to January 1963 Mr. Hall worked a variety of summer jobs so he could attend fall classes, taking engineering and geology courses. He studied at Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Adams State in Alamosa and the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He routinely performed as a rodman, chainman, instrument man and day laborer. He clerked and made delivered at his fathers Gambles Store in Raton, N.M. He lived with family in the Los Angeles area in 1962 while working on survey crews for engineering companies. In October 1963 he returned to Lakewood and enrolled in Engineering Drafting School. He graduated in 1965 with a map drafting and photogrammetry certificate. In August 1965 he accepted a position with the Abrams Aerial Survey Corp. and moved to Michigan. On Nov. 13, 1971, he married Phyllis Elaine George of Lansing, Mich., at St. Marys Catholic Church in Lansing. The couple returned to Colorado and settled in Golden. Mr. Halls drafting career highlighted geologic, planemetric and topographic mapping, scribing and addressing. He was a plotter operator, cartographic specialist and drafting room supervisor. Employees included Jefferson County, Colorado Planning and Mapping Departments; Johnson-Longfellow & Associates, Snowmass Village; Hunt Energy Corp., Lakewood; Tani Photogrammetric, Broomfield; and Goodson & Associates, Lakewood. in June 1986 Mr. Hall started G.Rs Gifts & Etc., a nut and candy business operating from his home in Golden. In June 1988 he moved the business to western Colorado and served the communities of Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt and Rifle for about 12 years. One of Mr. Halls favorite interests was showing off his colorful Colorado to his family and out-of-state relatives. He never ran out of places to take them. Mr. Hall enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, and hiking in the Colorado mountains and rivers that he loved. He liked wood working and sketching. He collected barbed wire, antique bottles, straight razors, insulators and fossils. He loved New Castle. After retiring in 2003, Mr. Hall devoted his time to helping his family, friends, neighbors and seniors. Recently, helping on a family genealogy project brought him much pleasure. The memory of his love, smile and kindness will live on forever in the hearts and minds of his family, his friends, and everyone he touched. Survivors are his wife, Phyllis Hall of Golden; a daughter, Juli E. Hall, of Lake Placid, Fla.; a son, Michael Gary Hall of Arvada; sisters-in-law Mrs. Richard (Mary) Campbell of Fairburn, Ga., and Ms. Ruth George, of Rochester Hills, Mich.; and two aunts, Mrs. Burneice Doose, of Silt, and Ms. JoAnne Parrish, of Denver. Numerous cousins also survive. Cremation has taken place. Mr. Hall requested no service.


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